Kevin Phillips is shocked by Troy Parrott’s struggles at Millwall as Tottenham prepare to recall the striker in January.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said it would be best for all parties if the 18-year-old returned to north London next month.
The highly-rated teenager moved to The Den on a season-long loan deal in August but an ankle injury kept him sidelined for the first two months of the season.
Parrott has failed to scored in nine appearances for Gary Rowett’s side and was dropped from the starting eleven for recent fixtures against Bristol City and Nottingham Forest.
Football Insider understands that Spurs are set to terminate the loan deal in light of recent developments.
Phillips, who worked as Gary Rowett’s assistant at Stoke City, is baffled as to why the transfer has not been a success.
“I’m shocked that it hasn’t worked out for him at Millwall,” he told Football Insider.
“I was excited to see him go out on loan and work under a manager that I obviously know very well.
“It just has not worked out. Whether it is the style of play that Gaz is playing down or whether he is not gelling with the players, I do not know.
“He has not played a lot of football so it is probably best for all parties for him to go back to Tottenham. Then he can train with better players day in, day out and at the end of the season look to go out on loan again.
“I am surprised because everyone had high hopes for him. Everyone was talking about him last year but he has not taken his chance.”