Troy Parrott is undoubtedly an extremely talented footballer.
Not only has the teenager made his Premier League debut, but he became a full Republic of Ireland international three months before his 18th birthday when starting against New Zealand.
But the striker is currently enduring an extremely frustrating first campaign on loan in the EFL.
Parrott initially joined Millwall on a season-long loan deal. However, it never quite happened for the youngster at The Den.
Having made a bright start in pre-season, netting against Southend and Bromley, two separate ankle injuries restricted Parrott to just one first-team outing in his first two months at The Den.
Even when he did return to full fitness, Parrott simply never got going with the Lions, and after failing to score in 14 appearances, his loan was terminated by Tottenham, which then allowed him to step down into League One with top-six hopefuls Ipswich Town.
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Whilst it probably wasn’t what neither Spurs or Parrott had in mind, a switch to a side fighting for promotion in the third-tier represented another excellent opportunity for the frontman.
Less than five days after arriving at Portman Road, the 19-year-old was handed his debut by Paul Lambert – playing the opening 70 minutes of Ipswich’s victory over Blackpool earlier this month.
Since then, Parrott has played every minute of Ipswich’s previous three games, but is still waiting for his first goal in senior football having gone 17 appearances without one this term.
Whilst Parrott’s season has been mainly overshadowed by injury, the experienced he’s gained with both Millwall and Ipswich will stand him in good stead upon his return to Tottenham this season, although he’s some way off becoming Harry Kane’s back-up in North London – with further loan moves needed to continue his development before he’s ready to challenge in the Premier League.