By Wayne Veysey
Tottenham rising star Troy Parrott is set to be fast-tracked into the first team after the international break, Football Insider understands.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino is a big admirer of the centre-forward, 17, and has been hugely impressed by his attitude and efforts in senior squad training.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider that the club’s coaching staff are planning on handing Parrott his competitive debut this month.
The club are earmarking his first appearance for the League Cup third-round clash away to Colchester United on September 24.
Pochettino and his assistants have high hopes for the Republic of Ireland youth international, who has been travelling to Premier League matches as the squad’s 19th man in case of illness or injury.
Parrott has yet to be named in a matchday 18, but that is set to change soon as the staff plan to gradually introduce him into the side.
The teenager has scored prolifically at Under-23s and Under-18s level for Tottenham and has been training with the first-team squad since the turn of the year.
Parrott was among seven young players to be included in Pochettino’s pre-season plans, along with midfielders Jack Roles, Harvey White, George Marsh and Jamie Bowden, winger Anthony Georgiou and goalkeeper Brandon Austin.