Noel Whelan has backed on loan Tottenham striker Troy Parrott to “kick on” after he returned from injury with Republic of Ireland Under-21s.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and Coventry City forward hailed the 18-year-old’s mental strength to return after an extended period out.
Parrott joined Millwall on a season-long loan in August but is yet to feature in the Championship after suffering an ankle injury against in their Carabao Cup tie against Burnley in September.
The striker was introduced as a second-half substitute for Republic of Ireland Under-21s in their defeat to Iceland at the weekend.
“I hope he can kick on from here,” Whelan told Football Insider after watching him in action.
“He’s a player that’s been loaned out from Tottenham to gain experience and progression in his career and his game.
“We’ve seen the same with Ryan Edmondson at Leeds with Aberdeen, it was stop start with injuries and then he showed a reaction when he came back with the goals he scored.
“It’s about mental strength, keeping yourself focused, keeping your head in the right place and I’m sure he’s done that.
“Getting a run out with the Under-21s and feeling part of it again is a big part for a player. To be in and around the players, to be out there on the field showcasing your skills again.
“Getting in to that groove, getting that hunger back will do him the world of good. He’ll be ready and raring to go now for Millwall.
“From Millwall’s point of view it will be great to have him back because they brought him in to improve their team and there’s no doubt he will.”
Parrott played four times for Spurs’ first-team last season and his performances earned him his a senior Republic of Ireland cap.
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