Former Tottenham attacker Andy Reid has questioned whether Troy Parrott will make it at the club.
Parrott is currently on-loan with Ipswich Town.
Reid told the Sunday World: "When I first went over to England with Nottingham Forest, it was generally a lot of British and Irish lads in the English teams," recalls Reid, who enjoyed a career that also included spells with Tottenham, Charlton and Sunderland.
"The environment was very different, but the big money coming into the Premier League opened so many more doors and now the lads coming through for Ireland are competing against the best players in the world.
"I am convinced we have a great crop of talent coming through in Ireland at the moment, but it's hard to make that step up now and we have to see if these lads can do it without putting too much pressure on them.
"Look at Troy Parrott. He has fantastic potential, but it will be tough for him to get into the Tottenham team and he might need to drop down a league to get regular football and develop.
"In the past, a lad like that might come over from Ireland and if he was good enough, he would get a chance to play. Now things have changed and the competition at the top level is intense."