It’s no secret that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing a young English player to boost their homegrown quota and lay the foundations for a bright future.
Tottenham’s widely documented summer pursuit of Jack Grealish hinted that Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino were eager to focus their interest on talented homegrown players, while subsequent interest in Bradley Dack and now Jarrod Bowen reveal the nucleus of their policy.
All of the aforementioned players carry their own credentials but they all beg one question: are they good enough for a side of Tottenham’s long-term ambitions? The answer is a resounding no, at this moment in time at least.
If Spurs are serious about competing with Europe’s elite clubs they will need to turn their attention towards talents whose potential extends beyond that of Grealish, Dack and Brown.
And, in light of Chelsea’s decision to sign Christian Pulisic for a whopping £58 million, the north London giants may well have a dream opportunity to sign one of the most highly regarded youngsters in the Premier League, namely Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Following the announcement that Pulisic will be moving to west London at the end of the season, journalist Daniel Storey revealed that the 18-year-old wonderkid could be forced into a £25 million move away from Stamford Bridge, with competition for places set to increase in 2019.
Chelsea are signing a 20-year-old Christian Pulisic for €64m, which may well force 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi to seek a move for £25m. Both are extremely highly-rated. You do wonder if the two players were switched around whether exactly the same would happen.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 2, 2019
On paper, Hudson-Odoi ticks all of Pochettino’s boxes: his fluid style of play allows him to operate in a multitude of roles across an attacking midfield trio, he is desperate for first-team opportunities, brimming with potential and, crucially, English.
While it would certainly send shockwaves through London, a deal which saw Tottenham sign Hudson-Odoi would not be completely against the grain; Chelsea have a long and somewhat alarming history of ignoring genuine talent when it has been staring them in the face: Kevin De Bruyne and Mo Salah are two high profile examples, and with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi struggling for opportunities the Blues could be set to make more familiar mistakes this year.
Chelsea’s shock deal for Pulisic will certainly divide opinion and raise fresh questions about their policy towards players rising through the academy ranks, but their decision could play into Tottenham’s hands if Hudson-Odoi is indeed available for just £25 million.
Tottenham fans – thoughts? Let us know below!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience