18 year old Tottenham Hotspur striker Troy Parrott joined Championship club Millwall yesterday on a season long loan. The Republic of Ireland international who is from Dublin and attended the O’Connell School, made some some big strides during the 2019/20 season despite not playing that many games. Parrott is one of if not the most exciting prospect to come out of Ireland in recent years, and the young man who has represented the Republic of Ireland at every level from under 15 has risen up the ranks quite remarkably since making his under 18 debut for Spurs in a league game against Swansea City in February 2018. The tall and very physical centre forward who scored a great number of goals for our under 18’s during his first year of scholarship at Spurs (he scored 15 goals in 10 games), has in my opinion improved remarkably in his all round game during the space of the last year. The former Belvedere player has always been a prolific scorer of goals, somebody who is a clinical finisher who scores a variety of goals but is also dangerous in the air, Parrott has improved on his pace, skill, balance, physicality, decision making and finishing since joining Spurs full time in the summer of 2018. The Dubliner looked far too good for under 18, 19 and 23 football during the season just gone (he contributed to at least one goal during all of the games that he played), with it all looking far too easy for him whenever he did play. He also stepped up during the pre-season of the 2019/20 campaign when he made four appearances for Spurs’ first team. He would also go onto make four appearances for Spurs’ first team in competitive competitions, including two in the Premier League as well as making his full Republic of Ireland debut in a friendly against New Zealand. Parrott is far more than just a goalscorer, a creative player who is intelligent and fairly unselfish in his play, the teenager can lay the ball off to teammates to great effect as well as being able to see a pass and hold the ball up effectively.
A great worker off the ball, this loan represents a fantastic opportunity to develop further as a player. To experience regular men’s football is in my opinion imperative in helping young players improve their game as well as prepare for the future at Spurs. Following in the footsteps of great Spurs striker Harry Kane who was also loaned out to Millwall during his youth, Parrott who reportedly turned down a number of interested clubs including Scottish giants Celtic to sign for the ‘ Lions ‘, has joined a fantastic club to develop at. Managed by a manager who plays quite an attractive but structured style of football in Gary Rowett, Millwall often play with only one centre forward up top. Currently Parrott will be competing with Matt Smith, Tom Bradshaw and Jón Dadi Bödvarsson for a starting berth in the Millwall team unless they play with two centre forwards which is something they did do on occasions in the Championship last season. Even if Millwall do stick with playing with one man up top, Parrott is in fact a versatile forward. He has played for Ireland as a CAM/second striker at youth level and even as a a left winger. Millwall only narrowly missed out on the Championship play offs last season, but with the loan signing of Parrott now completed I have a feeling that they will now achieve the play offs next season. Parrott is still very young but he is a mature player for his age and that will help him to adapt to life in the Championship. What will also help him to adapt is the fact that Millwall have a number of Irish players on their books, of which includes fellow Dubliner and veteran Shaun Williams and winger Shane Ferguson who hails from Tamnaherin in County Derry. The Millwall fans will in my opinion really admire Parrott’s work ethic and pressing, along with the feisty and aggressive side of his game. Parrott, who played at the Den for Spurs’ under 18’s in an FA Youth Cup third round tie back in 2018 will hopefully get good service when he does play for Millwall. And with one of the Championship’s most creative players on Millwall’s books in Jed Wallace (he registered 12 assists in the Championship last season), who with his vision and passing ability could link up really well with the young Irishman, especially when he whips crosses into the box.
To conclude I have nothing but positive things to say about this loan move for Troy as it will be so beneficial for his development in the game, and it will also help his chances of making the Republic of Ireland squad for their important European Championships qualifier against Slovakia in October. I would like to wish Troy all the very best of luck for his season at Millwall and I look forward to following his progress at the ‘ Lions ‘. Having watched the vast majority of Troy’s games for Spurs since he made his under 18 debut it has been an absolute pleasure to watch his rapid progression in the game. Hopefully he will be the first of a good number of our academy players to be loaned out this summer.
Tom Glover: The Australian youth international started his second consecutive game for Central Coast Mariners on Saturday morning, as the A league club took on WS Wanderers away from home. The game finished in a 2-2 draw with Glover making just the one save in the match. Up next for the Mariners is another away game, this time against Perth Glory.
Cameron Carter-Vickers: The 19 year old centre half started yet another game for the blades on Saturday afternoon. As Chris Wilder’s side recorded a 1-0 home victory over Ipswich town at Bramall Lane which means United stay in third position in the championship table. The Spurs loanee who picked up a yellow card in stoppage time, lined up in the centre of a back three, and from the reviews that I’ve been reading it sounds like he had a very good game.
Josh Onomah: Onomah came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat to rivals Wolves on Saturday evening.
Connor Ogilvie: Connor Ogilvie completed the second half of Gillingham’s 1-0 away win over Peterborough, Ogilvie came on as a 46th minute substitute to replace left back Bradley Garmston.
Vincent Janssen: Vincent Janssen came on as a 71st minute substitute, in Fenerbache’s 3-1 league victory over Yeni Malatyaspor on Sunday evening.
Anton Walkes: Anton Walkes completed the whole of Atlanta’s 0-0 draw with New York Red Bulls on Sunday night, in the MLS. The defender played the game at right back.
I haven’t been doing this regularly over the course of this season, but with an international break currently going on, there’s no better time for me to catch up on how our loanees have done over the past week for their respective clubs.
Connor Ogilvie: The 21 year old left was not involved in the gills match day squad for their 1-0 Checkatrade trophy victory over Colchester in midweek. However, the fullback who has gone on to establish himself in the struggling league one side, completed the whole game of Gillingham’s 1-0 home (league) defeat to Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon, Ogilvie played at his favoured position of left back for the game.
Anton Walkes: The versatile young defender wasn’t a part of the Atlanta squad who lost 3-2 at home to Minnesota in midweek. I am unsure whether his absence was down to suspension or injury. The MLS side have only two league fixtures remaining this season.
Tom Glover: The young Australian goalkeeper (19) made his A league debut for Central Coast Mariners on Saturday in their first league game of the season. However, Glover’s side were beaten 5-1 at home by Newcastle Jets, the fact that the young Tom Glover is already starting matches for the Gosford bass club, just shows how highly rated a keeper he is. This loan at CCM will be a great experience for this great Spurs talent, I look forward to seeing his progress over the course of the season.
A couple of thoughts on Josh Onomah’s performance against Colchester:
Spurs youngster Josh Onomah (20) made his first start for loan club Aston Villa this evening in the Carabao cup. And what a classy performance it was too, Onomah played a starring role in Villla’s 2-1 win over Colchester United in the first round of the league cup. When the Spurs starlet was loaned out to the championship club on a season long loan last Friday, it was met with much surprise from Spurs supporters with myself included, I was expecting him to get more first team action for the lilywhites over the current campaign. Onomah’s performance this evening saw him excel in his natural central midfield position. It was a tidy and complete performance from Onomah, who controlled the midfield against the league two side, he looked right at home in Steve Bruce’s team. He was deep lying just as he was for England’s triumphant under 20 side over the summer, it may have been against league two opposition, but I felt that Onomah really asserted himself in a youthful Aston Villa side. He kept his game simple, he really imposed himself on the opposition with his strength both on and off the ball, it was fair to say it was a Mousa Dembelesque performance from Onomah. The midfielders range of passing was impressive, as too was the many surging runs he made from the centre of the park.
Despite his defensive role he managed to create some really good chances, overall it was a very impressive full debut from the promising Onomah. It reminded me of a similar midfield shift he put in against Reading under 23’s in a game which I saw him involved in last season. He bossed the midfield on that occasion with a confident classy showing, and he replicated that high quality performance this evening. Whilst he has been predominantly used as a winger by Pochettino, the youngster now has a great chance to show Pochettino that he can flourish in his preferred central midfield role. Onomah would have undoubtedly impressed Villa boss Steve Bruce with his performance tonight, and it will improve his chances of claiming a starting berth in the Aston Villa squad during their championship campaign. Aston Villa travel to Cardiff on Saturday for a league match and it will be interesting to see whether Bruce picks Onomah to start that game after such an impressive performance this evening. COYS
Buzzing to get my first start for Villa, also to top it off with a win! Onto the next 💪🏾#AVFC
Of our four players currently out on loan there’s been plenty of involvement over the last week. In a new weekly blog post I’ll be monitoring the progress of each loanee. 19 year old goalkeeper Tom Glover joined Australian A league side Central Coast Mariners on a season long loan last month. He was an unused substitute in their 3-2 defeat to Blacktown in the FFA cup on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 21 year old leftback Connor Ogilvie enjoyed a fine competitive debut with league one club Gillingham on Saturday. Ogilvie who played the game at left wing back, helped the Gill’s to record a clean sheet away to Doncaster in their 0-0 draw. It was Gillingham’s first game of the league one season, they play again in the Carabao cup on Tuesday against Reading. Spurs fans were surprised to hear the news that highly rated 20 year old midfielder Josh Onomah had been loaned out to Aston Villa on Friday morning. Just a day later Onomah played his first game for Steve Bruce’s side. Coming on as a 78th minute substitute, in their 1-1 draw with Hull City. Onomah could well make his first start for Villa in their Carabao cup tie with Colchester in midweek. Finally, in the early hours of this morning, Spurs loanee Anton Walkes continued to cement his place in MLS side Atlanta United’s squad. The 20 year old defender played the full 90 minutes of their 1-1 draw to Sporting Kansas. The right back continues to impress in Gerardo Martino’s talented side. COYS
Happy to get my league 1 debut for @TheGillsFC ! Good point and clean sheet away from home onto Tuesday now #gills 🔵⚪
Spurs youngster Connor Ogilvie joins Gillingham on loan until January:
Spurs have announced within the past hour that 21 year old left back Connor Ogilvie has joined league one side Gillingham on a six month loan, this comes after just signing a new contract with Spurs until 2019. Ogilvie has spent large parts of the last two seasons on loan with league two club Stevenage in between playing for our development squad, his consistent performances have clearly caught the eye of clubs further up the footballing pyramid and I have no doubt that he will flourish in the third tier of English football. The academy player who can also operate at centre back, is a player who I have rated highly for some time, he turns 22 next February and is yet to appear for our senior side, but this loan at Gillingham will provide the youngster with an invaluable step in his career. I wish Connor a very successful loan with the Gills , and I look forward to monitoring his progress.
Spurs loanee round up: Shayon Harrison and Connor Ogilvie both involved on final day of League 2 season:
Two of our loanees played their final games as a loanee at their respective clubs on Saturday afternoon, in the final day of the League 2 season, Shayon Harrison (19) and Connor Ogilvie (21) were both loaned out during the recent winter transfer window.
Shayon Harrison: The 19 year old striker started up front for the glovers in their 2-0 defeat to Colchester. It was a rare start for the talented forward, Harrison completed 68 minutes of Saturday’s game before being substituted. Although he didn’t complete many full matches for Yeovil since arriving, Harrison will have gained vital experience that will help in his development, and chances of making our first team in the coming seasons. Harrison scored one goal in his short time at the Somerset club.
Connor Ogilvie: Ogilvie started at left back for Stevenage in their 3-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley at the Lamex stadium. Stevenage needed a win in their final game if they were to reach the play offs in what has been a very good season for the Hertfordshire club. On his second loan spell with the boro, Ogilvie once again cemented his place in the side and made a really good defensive impact on the team. Ogilvie completed the entirety of the match. Meanwhile fellow Spurs loanee Ryan Loft was not included in the match day squad.
Will Miller: Will Miller scored a dramatic equaliser in the 93rd minute of stoppage time for Burton Albion earlier today as the Brewers drew 1-1 with Wolves. Will Miller came on as a 77th minute substitute for the championship and the talented forward is already showing his talent at Burton.
Luke McGee and Nathan Oduwa: 21 year old goalkeeper Luke McGee played the entirety of Peterborough’s 2-2 draw with Port Vale this afternoon. Meanwhile winger Nathan Oduwa was an unused substitute for the posh.
Filip Lesniak: Filip Lesniak wasn’t included in the squad for Czech side Slovan Liberec’s 2-1 defeat to Viktoria Plzen this evening.
Federico Fazio joins Roma on loan with option to buy:
It is understood that our defender Federico Fazio has joined Serie A side Roma on a season long loan with an option to sign the Argentine for £3.5 million. Roma’s official English Twitter account posted pictures of Fazio arriving at Rome’s Fiumicino airport last night as he held a Roma scarf in front of photographers. I would assume an official announcement from both clubs will be made official later today, it became apparent early on in Fazio’s time at Spurs that he wasn’t able to adapt well to the English league. The former Sevilla captain was ultimately in the wrong league at the wrong time however, I believe he is a class footballer and will showcase he’s defensive qualities at Roma over the coming season. I wish Federico the all very best at his new club.
Young Spurs goalkeeper Charlie Freeman joins Newcastle United on youth loan:
(Photo courtesy of Kristian Ross.)
16 year old highly rated Spurs goalkeeper Charlie Freeman has joined Newcastle United’s youth side on a youth loan for the super cup tournament (milk cup) in Northern Ireland. Freeman who is expected to be announced as a first year scholar for Spurs this season, has already started all three of Newcastle’s games in the prestigious youth tournament and has helped them to progress to the semifinals of the globe section of the tournament where they will meet Zambian side Lusaka tomorrow afternoon in the semifinal. Kristian Ross who has watched all three of the magpies games in the tournament had high praise for Freeman after some impressive performances for the toon army: “Seemed assured in goal vs County Fermanagh. Peppered yesterday against Right to Dream. But the lad is a very good shot stopper.”