Paul Robinson expects young striker Mohamed Sankoh to challenge for a first-team spot if Celtic beat Tottenham and other elite clubs to his signature.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 16-year-old must have “a lot of potential” if the likes of Spurs, Everton and Celtic are interested.
However, Sankoh cannot be tied down to a professional contract until he turns 17 in October and the aforementioned clubs will look to lure the Stoke before then.
Robinson suggested the teenager would have a better chance of playing first-team football if he made a move to the Scottish Premiership champions.
“It is not going to be a move with a view to going straight into the first team,” he told Football Insider.
“Under Pochettino, Spurs brought in a lot of young talent and then loaned them out to other teams. I think it would be a buy with a view to loaning him back to Stoke or another team.
“You clearly have a lot of potential if Spurs, Everton and Celtic are looking at you.
“Spurs and Everton I suspect would send him out on loan to continue to develop and then bring him into the plans. At Celtic, he would have more of a chance of breaking into the first team.
“He is clearly highly thought of in the game if those teams are looking at him.”
The Netherlands under-17 international has scored nine goals and supplied nine assists at for the Potters’ under-18 side this season.
Jose Mourinho has handed teenage striker Troy Parrott four first-team appearances this season, albeit all as substitutes.
In other Tottenham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider £10million signing is “miles off” Jose Mourinho’s side.