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Mauricio Pochettino Is In No Rush To Blood Troy Parrott

Mauricio Pochettino Is In No Rush To Blood Troy Parrott

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that a patient approach will be taken regarding Troy Parrott's progression at the club.

The 17-year-old scored three times in two games for the Ireland under-21s over the past week, grabbing the only goal against Armenia on Friday and then two against Sweden in Kalmar on Tuesday.

"The progress is there because he has the facility to be involved in the pre-season," said Pochettino at a press conference ahead of his side's game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Now he's more consistently training with the first team.

I think he needs time and we need to be relaxed. We cannot put his name every day in the spotlight because we are not going to help him.

He's still so young and the best way to help him is to be calm and relaxed. He's going to be involved sometimes [with the first-team] but if he's not, he's going to be involved with the under-23s.

I think now it's a process. He needs to be relaxed. If we put on too much pressure, we are going to push him to make a mistake and that is what we don't want.

Parrott was last week included in the Spurs squad for the upcoming Champions League group stages.

There have also been calls for Mick McCarthy to promote the striker to the Ireland senior team. Parrott was called up to McCarthy's provisional squad for the games against Switzerland and Georgia but subsequently dropped down to Stephen Kenny's under-21s.

McCarthy has since said that only Parrott breaking into the Spurs first-team would lead to him doing likewise with Ireland any time soon.

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It was put to Pochettino that Spurs fans are getting excited about the Dubliner.

"Yeah, but the fans are excited when they see [a video of] me scoring in training on Twitter," responded the Argentinian.

"The fans need to be relaxed, we have plenty of players in our squad with experience, senior players who are still above him."

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