Kevin Phillips has urged Tottenham Hotspur starlet Troy Parrott to leave the club on loan in an effort to further progress his career.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international claimed that he was “very surprised” the teenager striker had not been allowed to leave for temporary stint during the January transfer window.
Parrott signed a new deal with Spurs last week that will keep him at the club until at least 2023.
That announcement was met with disapproval by Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, who suggested that a loan move would have been more beneficial to the forward.
Parrott made his senior bow for the McCarthy’s Republic of Ireland side earlier this season.
And Phillips is inclined to agree with the international boss.
“I agree with Mick McCarthy with regards to the lad, Parrott, at Tottenham,” he told Football Insider.
“He’s very disappointed that the kid never went out on loan, and I 100% agree with him.
“For the kid’s career and his progression – yeah, put him on a new deal, but then ship him out on loan for there back end of the season.
“Go and play football. You’re at an age now where you should be playing week in and week out, getting better, progressing.
“I was very surprised that one never happened.”
As revealed by Football Insider last month, a late change of heart from Spurs manager Jose Mourinho prevented the 18-year-old from leaving north London, with QPR and Charlton Athletic both understood to be keen on offering him a loan.
Parrott was handed his Premier League debut by Mourinho earlier this season with a cameo appearance during the 5-0 win over Burnley back in December.
In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills touts potential big-money exit as Spurs contract talks reported.