Tottenham stars Harry Kane and Son Heung-min helping to guide young striker Troy Parrott in the next stage of his development after a superb season on loan at MK Dons
- Troy Parrott has been seeking the advice of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min
- Parrott, 20, says Kane and Son are always available to answer questions
- The young striker caught the eye during gruelling running drills in pre-season
- Spurs are on a tour of South Korea ahead of the new Premier League campaign
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min are helping Troy Parrott as the young Tottenham striker selects the next step in his development after the most successful season of his career.
Parrott impressed for Milton Keynes Dons as they reached the League One play-offs and is attracting interest from a host of Championship clubs, including Sunderland, keen to offer him another loan deal next season.
But the 20-year-old is now with Spurs for pre-season, on tour in South Korea where he caught the eye dominating in the gruelling running drills, and is working with Antonio Conte for the first time, learning what he expects of him and picking up tips from world-class strikers such as Kane and Son.
Troy Parrott (right) has been taking advice from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min
‘From when I first came in as a kid, just to watch them, let alone train with the guys like that day in, day out, was a massive help,’ said Parrott. ‘Just to see the way they prepare, the way they play on the pitch, just trying to take things in.
‘I ask them questions when I’m curious about stuff and they’re always open people who will do anything to help.’
Something seemed to click for Parrott at MK Dons as he hit six goals in 12 games at the end of the season, and scored important goals for the Republic of Ireland in victories against Lithuania and Scotland.
The pair of Kane and Son ‘will do anything to help’, according to young Irish striker Parrott
Spurs have been undergoing intense pre-season training in Son’s home country of South Korea
‘I just wanted to give it everything,’ he said. ‘I needed to have a big six months for the second half of the season to come back here full of confidence and playing well. I think that’s what I did to be honest.
‘Speaking to other players, I think everyone goes through a bit of their own stuff. I don’t think you can put your finger on just one thing. It’s a number of things coming together and just making sure you prepare right and when you’re on the pitch doing the things that will keep you on the pitch.
‘Make yourself too hard to drop and that’s what I was trying to do in every game. You could say it was a turning point but I was just more confident, I was scoring goals and it was a good time.’
Jose Mourinho handed Parrott his Premier League debut at the age of 17, on as a substitute in a 5-0 win against Burnley, in December 2019, in a game memorable for a wonderful solo goal by Son.
Parrott, 20, enjoyed a successful stint on loan at League One club MK Dons last season
The young Dubliner was tipped for a bright future and there was a clamour for Mourinho to give him more opportunities before he stalled on loan at Millwall and Ipswich.
Progress is rarely smooth and without its difficulties. Kane is a salient example, farmed out on four loan spells with varying degrees of success before breaking into the first team and quickly becoming one of the world’s finest centre-forwards. Parrott’s contract expires next year although Tottenham are expected to trigger an extension as they look to send him out on loan for more experience.
‘I’m not too sure what’s going to happen,’ he said, after taking part in an event to support the ChildFund Korea charity. ‘Since pre-season started I’ve been focused just on this tour and focused on doing whatever I can to impress the boss.
‘He’s been telling me what he wants from the attacking players. Our position is important for the press, it’s a different energy. And, then, in possession, being an option and being available for players when they’ve got the ball, making sure I’m there to receive the ball.’
Parrott knows he may not be there but predicts a big season ahead of the Spurs. ‘They’ve got a great manager and some great players,’ he said. ‘The sky is the limit.’
Parrott has won 15 caps for the Republic of Ireland having made his debut at the age of 17, scoring four goals
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