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Tottenham land famed backroom expert to completely reinvent youth-team recruitment

Jeff Vetere new Tottenham scout

Tottenham have reportedly appointed recruitment expert Jeff Vetere to their scouting team after reaching an agreement with the experienced scout.

Reports emerged earlier in the week that the north London side were looking to bring in the former Aston Villa and Newcastle scout to help with their recruitment of younger talent.

And Football Insider reports that a full agreement is now in place and that Vetere has already started work with Spurs.

The deal is said to have been pushed through by sporting director Fabio Paratici, who knows Vetere well.

Football Insider adds that Paratici pushed for the 56-year-old’s appointment despite him not having held a senior recruitment post for four-and-a-half years.

Vetere was sacked as Birmingham director of football in March 2018. However, he does have extensive experience at top Premier League clubs, as well as at Real Madrid.

Vetere, who speaks five languages, has worked in the Premier League for West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham as well as at EFL clubs.

His most senior post was at Aston Villa, where he was chief scout for Gerrard Houllier a decade ago.

Tottenham‘s move for Vetere is designed to bring about a change their youth-team recruitment.

There have been growing concerns the club are not bringing enough of their own talent in recent times.

While the likes of Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga has come through in recent times, the club want more homegrown talent to progress from the youth set-up to the first team in the years ahead.

Tottenham learning from Marcus Edwards mistake

There has also been a tendency to discard younger players too early in their development at Tottenham.

That was abundantly clear when Antonio Conte’s men took on Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League recently.

Forward Marcus Edwards was regarded as a huge talent coming through after joining the academy aged just eight.

He made a massive impression in the 2017 UEFA Youth League, scoring four goals in the group stage.

However, he was loaned out to Norwich and then Dutch side Excelsior before eventually joining Vitoria de Guimaraes on a permanent deal.

After impressing in Portugal he moved to Sporting for £6.8million in January 2022. And Edwards has been making a big name for himself ever since.

He was outstanding against his old club as Sporting beat Tottenham in 2-0, proving a constant menace as ‘false nine’.

That example may just have been the one that prompted Daniel Levy and Paratici to have a re-think about the youth set-up. And now Vetere is on board to seemingly shake things up.

Derby represents chance to hit top spot

Tottenham are back in Premier League action on October 1 with the small matter of a north London derby.

Victory at Arsenal will see Conte’s men move above their bitter rivals at the top of the table.

However, Conte does have a major concern ahead of that game in the shape of skipper Hugo Lloris.

The Spurs stopper suffered a right thigh injury in the 6-2 thumping of Leicester. And he is considered a major doubt to face the Gunners.

If he is unable to feature then summer signing Fraser Forster could be handed his first start for the club.

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