Former Tottenham Hotspur boss David Pleat was sent to watch Southend United face Stevenage on Tuesday night.

ClubCall claim that Pleat, who was present at the Carabao Cup clash was there to cast his eye over Southend United striker Charlie Kelman in a scouting role.

Kelman has been on Tottenham’s radar since early this year and it was clear to see why on Tuesday after bagged a brace in the 2-1 victory (Football Insider).

Spurs could have competition for the USA youth international with West Ham are also reportedly interested in signing the highly rated prospect (HITC Sport).

Kelman made headlines when he scored a goal on his debut from inside his own half last season (Sky Sports).

Mauricio Pochettino has a great track record when it comes to developing young players, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Eric Dier all becoming integral parts of his Spurs squad

This would appear to be a smart buy and would reinforce Spurs transfer policy of buying young players for Pochettino to develop. Giovani Lo Celso was the oldest player Spurs signed this summer at the ripe old age of 23.

David Pleat has a good track record as a scout and specialises in spotting players from the English lower leagues. He is widely credited as being the man who convinced Daniel Levy to buy Dele Alli back in 2015 (Mirror). Spurs fans will hoping that they can get another bargain.

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His ability to develop youth players is one of Mauricio Pochettino’s best traits as a manager and if Pochettino could work his magic again then this would be a smart signing for Spurs.

However buying from the lower leagues is always risky.For every Dele Alli there’s a Nick Powell, who signed for Manchester United for £6 million and ended up being released on a free transfer (Manchester Evening News).

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