The Tottenham Hotspur fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted by the progress Reo Griffiths has made this season, but they are concerned by recent reports which claim his fine form at youth level has attracted interest from abroad.
The 17-year-old striker Griffiths is arguably Tottenham’s most exciting talent to emerge out of their academy in recent years, as his record of 27 goals from 20 appearances in the U18 Premier League last season serves to illuminate his natural ability to find the back of the net. Recent reports from the London Evening Standard claim that Tottenham have offered Griffiths a senior contract with interest from the Bundesliga beginning to intensify, however, the Daily Star believe the club will also have to fend off interest from Barcelona this summer.
Barcelona’s interest is perfectly understandable considering Griffiths’ record at youth level this season, and there’s no doubt Tottenham will face a strenuous battle to keep him at the club this summer. However, after coming through the academy ranks at Spurs, it’s likely that Griffiths will be eager to remain in North-London where can continue to work alongside Pochettino – an ideal mentor to enhance his development.
With a record as staggering as Griffiths’, it’s no surprise that parallels have been drawn between himself and Harry Kane, as the early indications suggest he could eventually emulate the achievements of England’s World Cup captain.
With that in mind, Pochettino should prioritise Griffiths’ future in the coming weeks above any potential signings from outside the club by offering him a lucrative senior contract, along with a promise of first-team opportunities next season.
Naturally, the step up to senior level will be a daunting task for the inexperienced Griffiths, but his record this season strongly implies that he could provide Pochettino with the perfect answer to his second-striker conundrum and eventually go on to succeed Harry Kane as the club’s most indispensable player.
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