Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, promising talent Callum Flatman has explained why he opted to remain at Hearts over a summer switch to Tottenham and Hotspur Way, despite his family ‘rooting’ for a move down south.
Flatman, who recently graduated from the Jambos’ Riccarton youth setup, went for a week’s trial at Spurs to test out the supposed lofty heights of a Premier League academy, staying in north London for a brief period.
Why Flatman rejected Spurs
The 16-year-old, who opened up to the Edinburgh Evening News over his time spent across the border, has now revealed that he had the chance to join the Lilywhites once his trial ended, but opted to stay at Tynecastle as a likelier pathway to gaining first team football.
Indeed, as explained by Flatman, he signed his first professional contract with Hearts and has already featured for the reserves, a feat which could have taken years in the Tottenham setup. At an English club, for instance, players cannot sign a proper deal until turning 18, with a scholarship needed at first before going on to play for the under-23s in a bid to climb the ladder.
That is a lengthy process given the size of that particular age group, and Flatman could have been waiting a long time for any chance of making Jose Mourinho’s first team. Even though his family were ‘rooting’ for a bigger club, they eventually realised his interests could be best served at the Jambos, especially since he is now a professional player.
Transfer Tavern take
An up-and-coming starlet, it remains to be seen whether missing out on Flatman will be a huge future blow for Spurs and Mourinho in years to come.
Nonetheless, taking into account the plethora of precocious graduates coming through at Enfield, the future certainly looks bright for Tottenham in that regard.
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