'He's a natural finisher... very much a number nine' - Gill on new boy Parrott
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New Tottenham loan striker Troy Parrott is a 'natural finisher' who has been recruited to play as a central striker for Ipswich Town.
So says Blues first team coach Matt Gill, who was asked about the deadline day signing ahead of the teenager's potential debut in tomorrow's League One match against Blackpool at Portman Road.
Parrott made both his international and Premier League debuts at the age of 17, for the Republic of Ireland and Spurs respectively, but failed to score in 14 appearances for Championship club Millwall during the first part of the campaign.
The front man, who turned 19 this week, saw his spell at The Den disrupted by injuries and he was often used wide left by boss Gary Rowett.
“From this week you can see he’s a very natural finisher," said Gill, when asked what sort of qualities he hoped Parrott would bring to the squad.
"I spoke about that ruthlessness we had at Blackpool earlier this season (4-1 away win). Hopefully Troy can provide that.
“He comes here off the back of a semi-disappointing loan, I would say, at Millwall, having picked up a couple of niggly injuries. So I would imagine we’re probably getting him at his hungriest. I think that’s exciting for everyone.
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"He’s very much a number nine type. He plays down the middle. Having seen him this week and previously I think he’s got as bit of everything about him. It’s an exciting one."
Parrott was one of two teenagers to join Town on transfer deadline day from Premier League clubs, 18-year-old right-back Luke Matheson arriving late in the day from Wolves.
“Like Troy he’s added energy to the group," said Gill. "He seems a great lad. He certainly did well against us last season (for Rochdale) and that game against (Manchester) United obviously sticks in the mind. They interviewed him the next day at his school, didn’t they? That brought a smile.
"I’m sure they’ll both add real value to the squad."
Gill continued: “Both have made really good impressions. New faces always add to the competition in training. I think that it’s really added an energy to the group this week. I’m excited to see them perform in an Ipswich shirt.
“It creates competition for places, which is always good.
“Luke burst onto the scene and got his move to Wolves. We’ve kept an eye on him for a while. He provides competition and also cover for that right-back slot.
“I’ve been lucky enough to see Troy play quite a few times, either for Spurs’ Under-23s or his international debut.
“They are two really good additions to the squad."
With Town now having six loan players, Gill said: “I would say having options is always positive and I’ll always see it as that.
“With what’s happened in the world, we’re not the only club that has had to go down the loan route. If you add the salary cap to that, every club has been pushed that way.
"I’m really pleased with the signings we’ve made. I know they are loan signings, but any time you can get to strengthen the squad with fresh faces is good.
“We were maxed out on the salary cap and with the current financial climate of the whole world... I think you’ve even seen Premier League clubs paying small fees, so if it’s happening at the top end of the game you’ve got to really expect it in League One.
“I would say I feel positive about the business we’ve done and hopefully it can have a positive impact on the team and the squad."