Michael Brown insists that Tottenham need to prioritise proven Premier League signings worth up to £30million after agreeing a deal to sign Alfie Devine from Wigan Athletic.
The former Spurs midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the club must improve on their first-team recruitment after the likes of Tanguy Ndombele failed to live up to expectation.
As revealed by Football Insider last week, the Lilywhites have agreed to sign Devine, 15, for £500,000 and that he has already passed his medical and signed a contract in north London.
However, Brown believes that Spurs need to change their approach in the summer and focus on signing ready-made players instead of up and coming stars.
Asked if Spurs needed to improve their youth recruitment by signing the likes of Devine, Brown told Football Insider: “No, I think they look, they’ve got a certain model, they develop players and sell them on – that won’t change at Spurs.
“I just think the bracket was always that £10-20million player, now maybe up to £30million, that they’re happy to go and buy with future sell-on and future development.
“As I said when they took on Ndombele – which hasn’t worked out fully – they need more true and tested players and they just haven’t been able to recruit many of those, although they’ve tried.”
Devine is set to take a place in Tottenham’s under-23s when his move to Spurs is completed and is viewed as a future Premier League star by the Lilywhites.
He has already played for England’s under-16s and for Wigan’s under-23s despite his age.
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