Preston have snapped up Troy Parrott but North End legend Mark Lawrenson doesn’t think he will have a first-team future at Tottenham Hotspur.
North End needed to sign two strikers this summer – and that’s the verdict of boss Ryan Lowe, not just us and other fans.
Cameron Archer returned to Aston Villa this summer and needed to be replaced, but his exploits had a lasting impact with North End.
Archer faring so well with Preston – seven goals in 20 games – showed that North End are a great home for young strikers.
Sure enough, Preston were able to strike for a new Premier League loanee last week.
Preston have snapped up Troy Parrott
North End pounced to snap up Tottenham striker Parrott on loan for the 2022-23 season last week.
The Irishman had impressed on loan at Milton Keynes Dons last season, bagging nine goals and six assists in League One.
The next step had to be a Championship move for Parrott, especially after his last spell in the second tier – with Millwall in 2020 – didn’t go to plan.
Parrott started for Preston against Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon, and we saw some encouraging signs.
Parrott tested Ben Amos with one shot and flashed another just wide of the post as North End could only manage 0-0 draw.
Lowe will hope that sharpness in front of goal comes for Parrott, who is still very highly-rated at Tottenham.
Before heading out on loan to North End, Tottenham gave Parrott a new deal until 2025.
Whether Parrott can ever become a first-team player at Tottenham remains to be seen; it took Harry Kane a few loans to hit that level.
Preston and Ireland legend Mark Lawrenson has now had his say, telling Off The Ball that he doesn’t think Parrott has a future as a Tottenham regular ahead of him.
Lawrenson thinks Parrott will get plenty of chances with Preston but just doesn’t think he can reach the level Antonio Conte is seeking in North London.
“You can’t compare him to Harry Kane. He’s levels above him, he’ll get chances at Preston to be in the team, they have a young manager there who was a striker himself so he’ll be trying to get the best out of him,” Lawrenson said.
“It’s a good move for him, do you see him going to play for Tottenham on a regular basis? No, I don’t think so and when you look at the players Conte has brought in you can’t see where he’ll to fit in to be honest,” he added.