Journalist Dean Jones has revealed that Alejo Veliz was on Brighton’s radar this summer before Tottenham swooped for the Argentine starlet.

Brighton have garnered a lot of praise for their recruitment strategy over the past few years, managing to consistently find hidden gems to replace the stars they have sold off for big money.

That is perhaps why Tottenham reportedly revamped their recruitment structure in the summer by developing a data model from discussions with betting experts, allegedly taking inspiration from the Seagulls (Telegraph).

Alejo Veliz

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Brighton also looked at Alejo Veliz this summer

It has now emerged that Veliz, who Spurs picked up in the summer after he exploded onto the scene at Rosario Central, was a player that Brighton had also identified as a potential target.

The 20-year-old, who arrived in North London in a £12m deal, made his debut for Tottenham’s Under-21s in their 5-0 win at Colchester last week, earning praise from academy coach Wayne Burnett for his display (Spurs Play).

Jones has suggested that Ange Postecoglou could ‘unleash’ the young centre-forward during the second half of the season.

He told GiveMeSport: “He has been scouted by clubs including Brighton and Rangers and while they stuttered over committing to him, Spurs took him on as they see him as a player that can make his mark on the Premier League.

“This first season is important for bedding him and helping him to understand exactly how he is going to do that. We will see him sparingly before Christmas but by the end of this campaign he could be fully unleashed.”

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I would not be surprised if Tottenham decide to loan out Veliz to a Championship side or potentially a club like Luton Town or Burnley during the second half of the season so that the youngster can get a taste of competitive action in English football.

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