Irish youngster Troy Parrott nets FOUR goals for Tottenham in UEFA Youth League
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Irish youngster Troy Parrott nets FOUR goals for Tottenham in UEFA Youth League

TROY Parrott bagged four goals for Tottenham Hotspur's youth side during their UEFA Youth League tie with Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday afternoon.

The young Irish striker was undoubtedly the standout performing during a match in which the London side dominated.

Parrott has been earmarked as Spurs' next big thing and many around the club (and indeed the Ireland youth setup) have been comparing him to Robbie Keane, unsurprisingly really.

Tottenham were in need of a result having recorded just the one point from their opening two group games in the competition.

After just three minutes, they took the lead against the Serbian side, before Parrott took the game by the scruff of the neck.

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The Ireland U21 star grabbed his first goal go the afternoon by letting the through ball run beyond him following a pass from J’Neil Bennett, before rifling it into the roof of the net with his left foot.

Two minutes later, the Dubliner added a second, this time with a little bit of fortune.

The Red Star defence allowed a long ball to bounce and Stefan Mitrovic then headed back to his goalkeeper. Andrija Katic failed to collect, however, and quick thinking saw Parrott scoop into an empty net after he had taken a tumble.

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Red Star pulled one back before the break, but Parrott was back in form during the second half to put them to the sword.

He completed his hat trick from the penalty spot, and added a fourth late-on with a neat finish amidst a mad flurry of goals which saw the game end 9-2.

Parrott's four goal left many on social media calling for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to hand the youngster his Premier League debut.

With Spurs' senior team floundering after a tough start to the season, it wouldn't be the first time they'd looked to a young Irishman to save the day.

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17 years on from Robbie Keane's Tottenham debut, could we be set to witness a fellow Dubliner finally attempt to fill those awfully large boots of his, both for club and country?

Your move, Poch.