Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Position: Central Midfield
Date of Birth: November 16th 1991
Place of Birth: London, England
Previous Club(s): Queens Park Rangers
Dean Parrett’s versatility ended up being the most endearing trait to potential suitors and ultimately the reason QPR weren’t able to hold onto him. After all, who wouldn’t be interested in a player who could line up pretty much anywhere in the middle of the park with great ability and potential? Like so many other young English talents, Parrett headed to Tottenham for some £2m in potential fees to continue his development in February 2007, whilst still a schoolboy, after a great many interested teams had their look.
His first season at White Hart Lane saw him return three goals from midfield amidst settling into an anchor role in defensive midfield. A regular in the Under-18s, he broke into the Reserve team whilst representing England at Under-16, 17, and 18 levels.
The adaptation to a defensive-minded role has been a shrewd one. Parrett has great energy levels, good understanding of the game, the ability to tackle, pass and move into space, and the term ‘all-action’ can quite accurately be applied to him. With the progress he’s been making, the decision to join Spurs has, in the short-term, been a successful one.
Dean started the season with a professional contract upon his 17th birthday and never looked back. With regular Reserve and Youth Cup outings giving him ample chance to impress, he was able to benefit from a hectic senior schedule at Tottenham. In putting the UEFA Cup on the backburner to focus on a beleaguered League campaign and potential Carling Cup success, Harry Redknapp turned to some of the younger players in Europe. Parrett was initially named as an unused substitute for the clash against Spartak Moscow before making his bow away to Shakhtar Donetsk, where he played 89 top-class minutes. He featured in the return leg and was in the match squad for the Carling Cup Final defeat at Wembley.