Tottenham look to youth buys

Tottenham have a business strategy of buy young, develop and increase an assets value.

Tottenham look to youth buys

That asset (player) can then either stay and hopefully generate trophies or be sold at a profit. Part of that approach is to buy Development Squad players or players who can be with us for 36 months prior to their 21st birthday, thus qualifying as home grown.

It is all centred around building a sustainable future for the club, a proven model and path for players to follow. Home grown players will play an increasing part in that. Unless the rules are changed that does not necessarily mean British players. Clubs buy young talent from all over the world and put them through the academy system or simply loan them out.

Look at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku has spent a season on loan at WBA and then a season on loan at Everton while Thibaut Courtois also signed in 2011 and has never been at Chelsea. Within weeks he went on loan to Atlético Madrid and has been there ever since. To my mind, while it's within the rules, it's a breach of the system.

It is not what it was designed for and it needs to be changed. Arsenal started abusing the system years ago, it's how they have managed to stay in the Champions League. They buy young foreign talent and put them through their system.

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Spurs have only recently cottoned on to that business model and are trying to implement our own conveyor belt of talent.

Two young talents we are after are 16 year-old Andrija Balic of Hadjuk Split and 18 year-old Julian Green of Bayern Munich.

Ivica Balic acts as his sons agent and told Sportske Novosti his son is not ready to move abroad yet.
"We, his family, are no barrier for his transfer abroad, but me and my wife would like to see Andrija stay at Hajduk and develop even more before going somewhere else.

"Maybe clubs are talking, but nobody asked me about my opinion. Andrija is only 16 years old and right now he is not ready to go abroad.

"If Hajduk must sell him because of financial problems, maybe it would be the best for everybody that Andrija would stay in Split as a loaned player.

"We just want all the best for Andrija, that he will develop as a player completely. We are not looking for easy income, we would like to see Andrija to play at least one season for the Hajduk senior team."

Tottenham are said to be very close to signing him and are expecting to complete the deal which will no doubt see him loaned back as his father wants.

We have of course heard all this before with other youngsters so until something is in the dotted line one has to remain wary.

Also at Hajduk Split is 19 year-old Marijo Pasalic who we have been linked to but all reports are that he has already agreed a deal with Chelsea.

Julian Green is a winger we are reported to be willing to offer £5 million for. The Bayern Munich B player can't get into the first team but has still been selected by the USA to go to the World Cup. 

The youngster apparently wants a move to get more football and keep his place with the USA, something that may be difficult if he remains at Bayern Munich with his path blocked by big money signings.

Mauricio Pochettino is said to have had him watched when at Southampton and he is thought to want to bring him to White Hart Lane.

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