Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mitchell's the Man to Bring Best Young Stars to Spurs; Mitchell's the Man to Attract Best Young Stars to Spurs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mitchell's the Man to Bring Best Young Stars to Spurs; Mitchell's the Man to Attract Best Young Stars to Spurs

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Byline: Tom Collomosse Football Correspondent

MAURICIO POCHETTINO believes the appointment of Paul Mitchell as Tottenham's head of recruitment will give the club a better chance of signing the best young players in the world.

Mitchell will join Spurs imminently after handing in his notice at Southampton. He will be asked to help make better signings for the first team but also to cast the net wider when seeking teenagers for the club's development sides.

Standard Sport understands Pochettino takes a close interest in every level of the club and that he thinks Spurs could do better at identifying future talent, particularly from abroad.

During interviews for the manager's job, it is thought the Argentine's ideas about young players impressed chairman Daniel Levy greatly and were one of the reasons he won the race for the post.

Spurs have been frustrated in recent years at losing transfer targets to clubs with greater financial clout and they want to find ways of outmanoeuvring their rivals earlier in the process.

According to Tottenham's website, the club have a 42-strong team working in the academy and development sectors, led by John McDermott, the academy manager and head of coaching.

David Magrone is in charge of European recruitment, yet Pochettino is thought to believe that if the academy had a greater international flavour, the first Continued on Page 84 Continued from Back Page team would reap substantial benefits in the future.

Of the players listed in Spurs' development and junior sides, the majority were born and raised in the British Isles. A glance at the leading clubs in England shows they have more players from across the globe in their academy and development sides.

Under McDermott, however, the Tottenham academy has a good record of producing players for the first team. …

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