Troy Parrott’s loan spell with Milwall might not have gone to plan but the experience will be beneficial for the Tottenham prodigy in the long-term.
That is according to ex-Spurs midfielder Michael Brown, speaking exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
He made his comments with reference to news broken by Football Insider last week that the Republic of Ireland international is set to have his loan deal terminated by Spurs six months ahead of schedule.
He made just nine appearances during his time at the Den, failing to find the back of the net in any.
An ankle injury sustained on his debut against Burnley in the League Cup limited his involvement.
Brown, however, remains optimistic about the 18-year-old’s prospects after gaining invaluable experience in what is a challenging environment.
“I think the journey will have taught him a huge amount, of style, understanding, a different environment, realising the talent he’s got,” he told Football Insider.
“You look at the Championship about what he’s asked to do, how he’s asked to play. It’s a different game.
“We’ve seen it many times before. Everyone expected him to be starting games, everyone was calling for him to play, at Spurs even.
“Then there was a few injures and you would have said he would have played more minutes than he has at Millwall.
“But just look at Harry Kane, he went out on loan. Now Parrott just needs another first-team opportunity.”
It has been assumed Troy Parrott has a big future ahead of him ever since he made his Republic of Ireland debut as a 17-year-old, making him the third-youngest player in the nation’s history.
Even if things haven’t quite worked out for him at Millwall, manager Gary Rowett was suitably impressed to describe Parrott as an “excellent, excellent player” with “great intelligence and great vision.”