Johnnie Jackson has confirmed that Charlton are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur forward Troy Parrott, but admits there’ll be a large amount of interest in the player.
The 18-year-old has made four first-team appearances for Spurs this season, and has been unable to break into the side despite Harry Kane’s lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The Irishman has made two appearances in the Premier League this term, both of those coming from off the bench, whilst his only start came in the League Cup defeat to Colchester United.
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Queens Park Rangers and Charlton Athletic were linked with the loan signing of Parrott back in January, but a move failed to materialise and he remained in North London.
Now, speaking to the Last Word on Spurs podcast, Charlton assistant Johnnie Jackson has confirmed the Addicks’ January interest in Parrott.
The 37-year-old has confirmed that the club will be monitoring him closely this summer, but expects them to be a lot of interest in the young forward.
He said: “We were really interested in taking him, we liked him a lot. I spoke to a lot of people there, I spoke to Wayne Burnett, who does the U23s. He said take him, he’s a top lad, a top player. He said he might not play for us every week, but even when he’s on the bench, he will bring you something coming on.
“We watched him closely, we watched a lot of his clips and we had him watched in games and stuff like that. We were well aware of what he can do and we liked him, but they weren’t willing to let him go. I think that was probably because of the age, but if you look at him, he doesn’t look like an 18-year-old.
“He reminds me of [Harry] Kane to be honest, and the way that he moves. If he carries on improving, I think he is going to be a serious player.
“I guess when we get back playing or next season, whenever that may be, there will be a lot of interest in him and I guess it will be dependent on what Spurs do in the market striker wise, what they’ll be willing to do with him. But I think he needs get out and play some league football the lad, I think that will be a great start for him.
“He will probably walk into a lot of Championship clubs, on loan next year, there will be a lot of interest for him. We will be looking at him closely and if it is something we can do at the time then I’m sure we will try and do it, but I’m sure there will be fierce competition.”
Charlton’s Championship status is hanging by a thread; Lee Bowyer’s side sit 22nd in the Championship table, two points adrift of safety ahead of the final nine games of the season whenever they may be played.
Parrott is a huge talent who has been unlucky not to have broken into the Spurs team under Jose Mourinho.
If Charlton are to lose Lyle Taylor on a free transfer this summer, then they need to find a replacement for their prolific forward which is no easy task.
It would be an unbelievable coup to lure him to the Valley, and they need to survive relegation if they are to do so.