Most of us can recall with ease, the day a young Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene with ‘that’ goal against Arsenal back in 2002. The 16-year-old had announced himself with aplomb on the Premier League stage with a stunning strike which gave his Everton side all three points against a stunned Gunners side at Goodison Park.
With similar aspirations held for one of our own, 17-year-old Troy Parrott, it’s safe to say his full debut against Colchester United this week was a bit more low key than Rooney’s. The Irish Under-21 international struggled to get into the game as we suffered Carabao Cup defeat via penalty shoot-outs to League Two U’s.
Fans shouldn’t be dissuaded however, from believing he has what it takes to make the sort of mark Rooney and indeed his own teammate Harry Kane has in football.
Poch, who despite a recent poor run of form is arguably the best manager the club has had, has placed huge faith in Troy, and that for me, is the only convincing I need.
With no real understudy for us to call upon if Kane gets injured (again), this season, it probably won’t be long before we see our Irish stalwart making his EPL debut too.
And it took aforementioned Kane until he was in his early 20’s to really find his feet at White Hart Lane, so all I request is that we give Parrott the same sort of leeway.