By Richard Parks
Tottenham face a battle to hang on to wonderkid Reo Griffiths as his contract is due to expire in the summer, according to a club insider.
The Lilywhite Rose Twitter account, which is a reliable source of news about Spurs’ young players and has broken a number of stories in recent months, reported on Tuesday morning that the forward is out of contract on 30 June amid growing speculation he could head for the exit door.
#thfc Academy forward, Reo Griffiths who has scored 21 goals this season including 3 vs Arsenal on Saturday is a transfer target for Paul Mitchell’s, RB Leipzig. The forwards contract is set to expire on 30 June and there’s been rumours he’s set to leave Hotspur Way. pic.twitter.com/nsysJnHBRS
— Lilywhite Rose (@lilywhite_rose) February 20, 2018
The worrying update for Tottenham fans come as ESPN FC report that Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are keeping close tabs on Griffiths, 17, following his goalscoring exploits at youth team level.
It is said that Leipzig have been alerted to the teenage striker by new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell, who was formerly in charge of transfers at Spurs until his exit last year and knows the the player well from his time there.
Griffiths, who has been dubbed the new Harry Kane, has scored 20 goals for Tottenham’s Under-18 side so far this season and enhanced his growing reputation with a hat trick in their Premier League Youth Cup semifinal win over Arsenal last weekend.
The teen sensation has featured for England at youth level but is yet to turn professional, opening up the possibility of a transfer.
Football Insider verdict:
The Spurs faithful have basked in the exploits of Kane, Harry Winks and the other products of the club’s flourishing academy, which has also produced the likes of Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll in recent years. It will be a major concern for those hoping for more brilliant youngsters to graduate into the first team that one of the best, Griffiths, could be prised away by Leipzig. The German high flyers have a firm policy of sourcing outstanding global talent and then handing them first-team opportunities quicker than they would get elsewhere. Tottenham do not do too bad in that area themselves, with Mauricio Pochettino willing to fast-tracking the best of the youth team products, as he has demonstrated with the two Harrys. Nevertheless, Mitchell has the inside track of Griffiths and is likely to know which buttons to press to alert the rising star to the possibilities of a move to Germany.