Prolific striker reveals why he did not join ‘big name’ Spurs as a youngster 

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Arkadiusz Milik has revealed that he had a trial with Tottenham as a youngster but chose against signing for the Premier League club since he wanted to continue his career in Poland at the time.

Milik first established himself as a reliable marksman at Ajax before gaining even more notoriety thanks to his performances for Napoli.

The striker, who is now on loan at Marseille, is on course to have the most prolific season of his career, having found the back of the net 16 times in all competitions for the Ligue 1 club so far this campaign (Transfermarkt).

The 28-year-old has also been capped over 60 times for Polland and was part of their Euro 2016 and 2020 squads as well as their 2018 World Cup team. 

Milik has also been linked with a move to Tottenham on several occasions over the years – most recently last summer (Tuttosport via Football Italia).

The centre-forward has revealed that he could have joined the North London club as a youngster. 

Milik told the 433 Podcast: “So, they said ‘we want you for another week’, but the coach said to me do you want to stay here or do you want to come back to us because you’re starting to play some games.

“I decided to go back because the coach was everything to me at the time, so I didn’t want to leave because with him I knew he wanted the best for me. I knew we had a good team in the academy and one of the best teams in Poland at that moment.

“I knew that the people were taking care of me in Poland, and I didn’t know if Tottenham was the best move for me at that moment, I was thinking, Tottenham are a big name, they have a nice structure and everything, but I also had everything at Poland in my hometown, so I didn’t move in that moment.”

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One can argue that Milik has underachieved so far in his career, given the talent he possesses. He also seems like a natural fit for the Premier League. However, that is not to say that he would have succeeded at Spurs for sure. Besides, signing Milik as a youngster might have even affected Harry Kane’s development.

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