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The Tottenham goalscorer Ange Postecoglou could end up losing without giving him a chance

Troy Parrott is making plenty of people on the continent sit up and take notice but that might come at the cost of his Tottenham dream as he reaches a crossroads in north London.

The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international was the next big thing in his country when Tottenham secured a coup in signing him for their academy almost seven years ago from Belvedere. Parrott has spent five loan spells away from the club, taking in Millwall, Ipswich, MK Dons and Preston with varying degrees of success in the Football League until a loan in the Eredivisie with Excelsior Rotterdam this season really sparked his development.

It has not gone unnoticed that despite the Dutch side's difficult campaign, Parrott has plundered 13 goals and laid on five assists in 27 Eredivisie games. Excelsior's 16th-place finish in the table means they have entered the Netherland's relegation/promotion play-off system which brings crunch games against sides from the Eerste Divisie - the Dutch second division - to decide the Rotterdam club's league status.

Excelsior overcame fifth-placed ADO Den Haag over two legs 9-2, with Parrott grabbing an assist in the first leg in midweek and then he continued to step up in the big games by scoring a hat-trick in the second leg on Saturday. He executed a delicate chip over the goalkeeper to open the scoring just two minutes into the game.

Another little chip over the keeper with his left foot while on the run 26 minutes in doubled his tally and then the Irish striker sealed his hat-trick on the half hour mark with a calmly-taken penalty, rolling it into the corner while sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

The Rotterdam outfit will now take on NAC Breda in the next round of the play-offs with the first leg away on Tuesday night and the second leg at home on Sunday. There is also Ireland duty on the horizon with Republic boss John O'Shea keen to get Parrott involved in their matches against Hungary and Portugal in early June.

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Developing physically, it feels like Parrott has hit his stride now in a very technical league and that he is doing it within a team that has struggled is making even more people look closely at him.

As a youngster, many of Europe's big sides monitored Parrott's development, particularly when he would play UEFA Youth League football for Spurs, and there was always a feeling that his technique would lend itself to playing on the continent.

Now big sides in the Eredivisie are looking at the young striker as well as clubs in Italy and in the Championship, meaning Tottenham and Parrott will likely have a choice to make sooner rather than later this summer. As an Irishman, his EU passport also makes it easier for foreign clubs to take him without work permit issues.

football.london has long reported that Parrott's hope has always been to break through at Spurs and make a real impact on top of the four appearances he made for the club as a teenager. With his eye for goal, movement and technique, it does make you wonder how many goals he might have scored as an option from the bench within Ange Postecoglou's attacking system this season.

However, Parrott never really got to catch the Australian's eye thanks to a groin injury which ruled him out of last summer's pre-season tour to Perth, Bangkok and Singapore and the move to Rotterdam was agreed a couple of weeks after the squad returned to the UK with Richarlison and Son Heung-min the striker options and youngster Dane Scarlett having impressed Postecoglou on that tour.

Parrott has a year left on his contract, with the club holding an option to extend it by another 12 months to 2026, but it feels like the time might be coming for him to head out on his own into European football. Tottenham are looking to sign another striker this summer for Postecoglou and unless Parrott's club-trained status proves to be tempting for their Europa League squad, Spurs may instead look to take the money while his stock is on the rise.

If this season is any indication of his development then Tottenham are going to have to insert a healthy sell-on clause in any deal that they might strike, because Troy Parrott is starting to show what the fuss was about all those years ago and the Premier League team that first believed in him could end up missing out the real rewards.

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