According to sources at Football Insider, Everton are looking to persuade Tottenham Hotspur’s academy chief Chris Perkins back to come back to Merseyside, just 18 months after he left the club.

Perkins spent his playing career turning out for lower league clubs such as Mansfield and Chesterfield, but has gone on to build an impressive career in recruitment since retiring from the game in 2002.


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The 48-year-old was the head of recruitment for Derby County’s academy for five years, where a high percentage of academy players made their way to the first team. He then joined Everton in a similar role in 2020 but only spent 20 months there.

Perkins was then snapped up by Tottenham, who were looking to restructure their operations off-the-pitch with a view to improving the academy and the conveyor belt of talented players coming through to the Spurs first-team between the ages of 17 and 21.

Working closely with academy manager Dean Rastrick and managing director Fabio Paratici over the last 18 months, Perkins has played a role in developing young players like Dean Scarlett, Alfie Devine, and Harvey White, who have all been on the periphery of the Spurs first-team.

Perkins’ appointment at Tottenham was hailed as an “exciting” and “low risk” move by the club when former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie was speaking to Football Insider in 2021.

Now though, Everton are keen to bring Perkins back and reinstate him as head of emerging talent for the Toffees. It remains to be seen whether he would be willing to take that step and leave Tottenham.

Spurs Web Opinion

It would not be a very good look for the club if someone we hired 18 months ago decided to go back to his former job. Improving our youth squads is something we really need to be working on as there is not enough quality in there at the moment, so hopefully we can keep hold of Perkins and he can continue his work.

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