Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie has praised Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to appoint Chris Perkins as the club’s new head of emerging talent.
Perkins is currently working at Everton and has been since 2020. He made a name for himself in the talent identification industry during five years with Derby County before he moved to Merseyside.
Spurs are now set to appoint Perkins as they look to change up the club structure behind the scenes.
The North London club also recently hired a new managing director of football, with Fabio Paratici swapping Juventus for N17.
Perkins, who has reportedly been placed on gardening leave until he leaves Everton, will soon follow the Italian to Tottenham this summer.
It is said that he will also work with technical performance director Steve Hitchen and academy manager Dean Rastrick in an effort to embed the best young talent into the club’s academy.
Tottenham already have some great talents in the ranks, including 17-year-old striker Dane Scarlett and 18-year-old midfielder Nile John.
McAvennie stated that Perkins could be an excellent appointment for Spurs: “If he picks out a quality player, he pays for himself.
“It’s low cost and if he unearths a gem it’s a win-win. It’s very low risk with an appointment like that.
“Tottenham need some good signings, they have had too many that haven’t done it.
“It’s good that they have recognised that. The club is all change. They needed a new everything.
“They have a director of football now and a new manager. So getting a new scout in like that makes sense. It’s exciting.”
This excites me. It was clear that Spurs needed a re-shuffle behind the scenes and this is exactly what is happening. Perkins clearly has a great eye for talent, although Paratici might have been the best appointment the club has made in a good while.
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