Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes Tottenham could ‘hugely benefit’ from ENIC’s alleged planned investment in Standard Liege, as it may help negate the monetary impact caused by Brexit.
Reports emerged that ENIC, headed by multi-billionaire Joe Lewis and managed by Daniel Levy, are potentially entering talks with the Belgian side’s chief Bruno Venanzi, regarding the establishment of a partnership between the two clubs.
Venanzi is reportedly looking to offload his shares in Standard Liege and the Spurs owners could be the ones to take control of the club, who currently sit in 13th position in the Jupiler Pro League.
According to Maguire, a potential takeover waiting in the wings is said to be beneficial for Spurs, who could use the Belgian side as a feeder club to bring the best talent in the club’s system over to England at a more efficient rate.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I’ve heard from agents that Brexit is going to have a more detrimental effect on the English game than Covid. The reason is that it will be longer term in nature.
“By having a relationship with another club which can recruit players at the age of 16 is beneficial. It means they can continue to recruit from the European talent pool.
“By having synergies, like we have seen with the City football group, there is not a culture change when these young players arrive.
“I think this makes a lot of sense from ENIC. I think it would be hugely beneficial for Spurs in the long run.”
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Spurs have had minor relationships with other European sides, but none of a serious link that would help both sides of the cause.
ENIC continue to divide opinion in terms of how Spurs are run, though, and this potential takeover will likely not change the views of some.
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