Tottenham Hotspur are set to boost their recruitment staff by appointing Chris Perkins as their ‘new head of emerging talent’, Football.London have revealed.
Perkins spent all of his playing career in the lower leagues, starting his career at Mansfield Town before joining Chesterfield, for whom he made 147 appearances in all competitions over five years.
The 47-year-old has built an impressive career in recruitment following his retirement from the game.
He previously served as the head of recruitment for Derby County’s academy and saw oversaw a lot of young talent successfully transition into the first team during his time at the club.
He joined Everton in a similar role just last year but it looks like Tottenham have poached him from the Merseysiders.
Football.London reveal that Tottenham, who have been restructuring their off-the-pitch staff, consider Perkins as a key man to improve their academy set up.
It is explained that the club want Perkins, along with new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, technical performance director Steve Hitchen and academy manager Dean Rastrick will be tasked with bringing the best young players from the 17 to 21 age bracket into the club’s academy.
Spurs Web Opinion
It is evident that one of the prime motives behind Tottenham’s re-structuring is to put more focus into the recruitment of the best young talent into the academy and their development.
The arrival of Paratici and Perkins clearly signals that Spurs hope to better identify the brightest young talent and with the appointment of Nuno, they hope those players would have a clear pathway into the first team.
That is clearly the best way to close the gap with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea as we are not going to be able to compete with them in the transfer market anytime soon.
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