Should Haringey Council have the good sense to grant Tottenham planning permission for the new stadium, then it is fair to say that the club is going to have to go through a period of financial constraint in order to foot the bill the for it. I know Dan Levy has come out and suggested that the project is unlikely to impede on Redknapp’s transfer budget and while I am sure that money will be made available for Harry, I think we would be naive to think we will see £30-40m kitty’s at his disposal during the transfer windows.
Unfortunately it is the nature of the beast and unless a stadium sponsor is going to wipe out a significant proportion of the cost, then we are going to have to follow suit of the sorry lot down the Seven Sisters Rd in bringing through or buying in younger players that could save us a fair few million, that we would normally spend on more established stars. Fortunately for them they already had a decent infrastructure in place, something that we seemingly haven’t at Tottenham.
To be fair we are not the only ones and Liverpool in particular have had a massive overhaul at their Academy last summer as they look to get the foundations in place ahead of the building of their new stadium at Stanley Park. The Reds are in a similar position to us in that their record of bringing through youngsters to the first team is just as bad as ours and although they have been able to buy themselves out of the problem, like us, the need to save resources for their project means it can no longer be ignored. It is something that once we get the green light we cannot afford to either and I wonder if that is why the club is reportedly looking to bring Paul Hart to White Hart Lane.
Say what you want about Paul Hart as a manager, but his record at youth level is absolutely superb and not only has he got an eye for a player, but he knows how to get them in shape and ready for the first team. Hart was responsible the excellent crop of youngsters that came through at Leeds United with Paul Robinson, Harry Kewell, Jonathon Woodgate and Alan Smith the most notable, whilst at Forest he developed the likes of Jermaine Jenas, Andy Reid and Michael Dawson through the system into the first team at the City Ground. It is not bad list of names to have on your CV and just shows what an asset he could be to our youth set-up.
I know there is a view that perhaps it isn’t the quality, but the lack of opportunity that is the reason for our poor return of players that have made the step up, however I ask you as to how many of them have actually moved on and had a decent career in the top flight, with perhaps the exception of Luke Young? Ledley King and Jamie O’Hara are the only notable players that have come through in the past 10 years therefore that only serves to highlight that perhaps it is time the Academy at Tottenham was reformed. With a new stadium to pay for we need players knocking on the door regularly for the first team and Paul Hart has proven that he is as good as any in making that transition happen.
Written By Paul Edwards