Daniel Levy’s revolution starts with the Youth Academy

Daniel Levy’s revolution starts with the Youth Academy

Tottenham are about to recruit a Recruitment Chief. Yes, Chris Perkins will come from Everton to join our youth setup.

Daniel Levy has always been fond of our youth system; in fact, when he became our chairman, he made it his priority; now, he is set to increase the club’s recruitment staff by appointing Chris Perkins as our ‘new head of emerging talent’ (information from Football.London).

Chris Perkins had spent most of his football career in the lower leagues. He first joined Mansfield Town, then moved on to Chesterfield. There he made 147 appearances in all competitions (this was over five years).

So it is understandable why Levy wants him. He is 47 years old and has managed to build an imposing vocation in recruitment following his retirement from the game. He also served as the Head of Recruitment for Derby County’s Academy. While there, he supervised many great talents coming through the ranks and then into the first team.

Joining Everton

He then joined Everton, doing the same work, but because of the influence of Levy and the club’s youth setup, it wasn’t hard to poach him (and of course, in that respect, we have one of the worlds best youth Academies).

Football.London also revealed that the club have been restructuring their off-the-pitch team and consider Perkins as an important man to improve our Academy set up even further.

With Perkins, Pararici, Rastrick (Academy manager) etc., Levy hopes that the best of the young Academy will eventually be a cheaper option than splashing out vast sums of money buying in.

My thoughts

Daniel Levy has always said that the enormous wages that clubs’ pay out to attract the best quality are unstainable, and other options must be sort, and one of those options is through our Academy. The appearance of Paratici and Perkins signals that Levy hopes to better recognise the brightest young talent. Also, with the appointment of Nuno, they expect those players would have a clear pathway into the first team (game, set, and Match… at least Levy hopes so).

Be safe, Glenn

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