Tottenham Hotspur are set to make a key appointment in the form of scout Paul Mitchell from Southampton.
Mitchell worked with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino during his time at the Saints and the Telegraph suggests Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is making the move to expand the club’s reach in terms of looking for new players.
“Mauricio Pochettino is poised to be handed a major boost in his attempts to turn around Tottenham Hotspur with the appointment of Southampton star-spotter Paul Mitchell,” reports the Telegraph.
“Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, expects to add Mitchell to the club’s scouting staff and it is understood the former Wigan Athletic and MK Dons player will not be answerable to Franco Baldini, the director of football.”
Southampton are one of the best contemporary examples of a club with a good core of younger players, along with foreign imports, which gives any side a good strong spine running through the middle of their team.
The move could also help Spurs in their pursuit of two key first team stars, Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin, with extra familiarity injected at White Hart Lane should either make a move to North London.
“Southampton do not want to lose Mitchell, 33, but he is believed to be keen on the opportunity of working at a club as big as Tottenham.”
“Mitchell travels the world for Southampton and is credited with the majority of incoming transfers since his arrival at the club two years ago, having held the same position at MK Dons after finishing his playing career.”
Saints fans will question Mitchell’s motives considering their dominant league position over Tottenham and an arguably greater chance of Champions League football by the end of the season.
However, if Levy is able to officially confirm the appointment then there’s little doubt that it will substantially benefit Tottenham’s ability to find and attract new players whether they are home grown or foreign.