In Focus: Tottenham Hotspur face competition for talented teen

Tottenham Hotspur are among a number of clubs interested in Lyon forward Willem Geubbels, according to Salzburger Nachrichten.

What’s the story?

The 16-year-old is believed to have attracted interest from big-name clubs across Europe for his performances on the pitch.

Geubbels broke into the first team at Lyon this season and has gone on to make four appearances.

The Frenchman also became the youngest player to feature in the Europa League.

According to  Salzburger Nachrichten, Tottenham are keeping a close eye on the teenager, while Chelsea and Liverpool also have an interest.

The report claims that Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich have now entered the race, but it is bad news for Red Bull Salzburg, who have been rejected by the player’s agent due to the interest from Champions League clubs.

Do Spurs have a chance?

Given the calibre of clubs that are understood to be keen on signing Geubbels, Tottenham have a task on their hands trying to convince the youngster to pick them.

The likes of Bayern, Chelsea and Liverpool will be appealing to any player, but at Spurs they have a very promising academy.

The rise of Harry Kane is a testament to that, while Dele Alli’s surge since his arrival from MK Dons in 2015 has been remarkable.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has put a lot of faith in youth, so Geubbels can be encouraged by the fact that there is a pathway to the first team.