Yesterday saw Tottenham Hotspur thrash their North London rivals Arsenal 9-0 at Hotspur Way. It was a comprehensive performance from the young Spurs players and one which warranted plenty of attention. One player in particular who shone was forward Reo Griffiths.
The 17-year-old was in fine form, scoring four goals and setting up three, as Spurs romped to victory.
After the game, Tottenham fans were clamouring online for the attacker to get his chance in the Spurs first-team before the end of the current campaign. That may not happen, but one thing for sure is that Tottenham have a future talent on their hands.
However, the youngster has found himself linked with an exit in recent months.
It was reported earlier this year that RB Leipzig in Germany were keen on the player. That has again been reported by The Mirror in the aftermath of the 9-0 demolition.
Leipzig general manager Ralf Rangnick is a big fan of English talent and the club have been bringing in top young talent from around Europe in recent years.
This summer will also see Tottenham Hotspur’s former head of recruitment Paul Mitchell head up a similar role at the club. He left Spurs in acrimonious fashion back in August 2016 and will look to bring in new players this summer. The Guardian reported he quit after his dream job ‘turned into a nightmare’ and he struggled to work with chairman Daniel Levy. Mitchell spent the next few months working a notice period before being put on gardening leave in March 2017, as reported by ESPN.
His swoop on Spurs for their star under-18 talent Griffiths would, therefore, be a bitter blow for Daniel Levy, with one of his club’s hottest prospects joining up with a man who left Spurs in less than happy circumstances.
Tottenham, therefore, must do everything in their power to keep Griffiths in North London this summer. If that means giving him a taste of first-team football before the end of the season or making him the club’s best-paid teenager, Spurs must ensure that Griffiths does not join Mitchell in Germany.
If he does, then Tottenham could come to regret it in the near future.