By Wayne Veysey
England youth international Tobi Oluwayemi decided to quit Tottenham for Celtic after being blown away by the Scottish club’s plans for him, Football Insider has learned.
The Glasgow giants announced over the weekend that the goalkeeper, 16, has agreed a three-year deal and will make the cross-border move from the Premier League big guns.
A source with knowledge of Oluwayemi’s situation has told Football Insider that the player was won over by the sales pitch from Celtic, led by their recruitment team and academy set-up.
The Hoops staff made it clear to the rising star they regard him as a keeper with the potential to progress through their ranks and into the first team.
Oluwayemi, who has represented England at every international age group so far, decided to quit Tottenham as he felt there is a clearer pathway to the senior side at Celtic.
Scott Bain has established himself as the number one ahead of veteran Craig Gordon, while the club also have high hopes for 21-year-old Conor Hazard, who has been capped by Northern Ireland at senior level.
But there is room at Celtic for Oluwayemi to make a mark in a way that he felt was not quite so evident at Tottenham, where competition for places is even more intense.
The youngster was impressed by the plans of the Scottish treble winners and is eager to develop and learn his trade under the guidance of the club’s coaching staff.
He will initially start in the Celtic reserve team and the club hope he can progress into the senior squad during his three-year contract.