Preston North End boss couldn't resist throwing in Tottenham Hotspur loanee for debut start

Preston North End manager Ryan Lowe couldn't resist throwing new striker Troy Parrott straight into the thick of it on the opening day of the Championship season.

By Tom Sandells
Wednesday, 3rd August 2022, 6:00 am

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The Irishman came in for his full debut less than a week after signing for the club and was paired up top with last season's top scorer Emil Riis.Parrott was preferred ahead of Ched Evans who was used alongside Riis towards the end of pre-season, although Evans' appearance from the bench in place of the Tottenham Hotspur loanee was short lived as he received a red card.Lowe said: "We are crying out for strikers aren't we and then when you get a striker of Troy's quality - I thought he was unlucky not to score, he had a couple rifle past and I thought one in particular on his left foot was going to rifle into the bottom corner."His movement and his intelligent play is very good. Ched gives you something different - well, he didn't on Saturday - but he normally does."We thought we could get in behind their back line with two willing runners and someone who can get hold of the ball as well. I'm spoilt for the choices I've got really."Parrott comes in with plenty of pedigree having been tipped for big things since coming through at Spurs and also playing for the Republic of Ireland 15 times.He had a one on one saved on Saturday and also went close with another effort later on in the match.Lowe has no doubts about the capabilities of the 20-year-old however and is backing him to get more chances soon, and to convert them.He said: "He'll create chances, his overall stats say that he'll get loads of chances it's just about taking them."He's had a lot blocked over last season and I sat down with him last week and showed him where he can be better, where he takes the chances from."He took some good chances on Saturday, on another day the 'keeper is already down or it goes under him."I thought his movement was great, he got across his man and then the 'keeper makes a good save. His link up play and all-round game I was pleased with."

Troy Parrott rues a missed chance at Wigan.
Troy Parrott bears down on goal at the DW.