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08th Jul 2024

Troy Parrott set to secure permanent move away from Spurs

Callum Boyle

Troy Parrott

Parrott has been training away from the first team

Troy Parrott could be close to leaving Spurs for good following reports of a bid from a Dutch team.

Despite showing plenty of promise Parrott has failed to break into the first team at Tottenham and spent the most recent season on loan at Excelsior Rotterdam, where he scored scoring 17 goals and registered five assists in the Eredivise.

Although it wasn’t enough for Excelsior to avoid relegation, the Republic of Ireland international’s stellar season has caught the eye of others.

That was followed up by Parrott scoring the winner in Ireland’s 2-1 win against Hungary at the Aviva Stadium last month.

Parrott set for return to the Netherlands?

Spurs returned to pre-season training on Monday however Parrott was a notable absentee in any pictures of the first team and was also not listed among the first team and academy prospects that took part in training released by Football London this week. 

The forward was still at Hotspur Way though as all players who hadn’t featured/are still featuring in international tournaments were the only ones exempt from getting back to action.

He appeared to be training on his own in the gym and that could be because of a reported bid.

Reports have claimed that a return to the Netherlands could be on the cards, with AZ Alkmaar rumoured to be preparing a bid.

Sports journalist Paul O’Keefe replied to two separate posts confirming the club’s interest and that a bid could come sooner rather than later.

Parrott feels skillset suits Dutch football

Should a move come in from Alkmaar it’s likely that Parrott will jump at the opportunity to return to the country he spent last season in.

During an interview with Balls.ie after the win against Hungary, the 22-year-old believes that the Dutch way of football suits his style of play.

Troy Parrott

He said: “Before I went over, I was questioning it a little bit because it’s a foreign country with a different language. I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as I went there everyone speaks English and it’s not too different.

“The football is different, but the lifestyle and the people are not too different…

“I’ve loved it over there. It’s been everything I hoped would happen when I first decided to go over, so I’m buzzing…

“A few people have asked me that (about the level) but it’s difficult to compare. There are obviously some really big clubs over there and then there are some middle and then some lower, so I don’t know how to compare it to the English leagues.

“It’s a good league, there are good teams and good stadiums, so I loved it over there…

“I feel like it’s more technical over there, you have to use your brain a lot more rather than just being physical. It’s suited me and how the season has gone has shown that.”

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