The purpose of a youth academy is to provide generations of future players who have been nurtured in the club since childhood/teen-age and are therefore home-grown. Subsequently, most of them should go on to be some of the finest players the team has had.
The Double-winners of '61 were mostly, if not all, homegrown at this club and were some of the finest players that White Hart Lane ever witnessed. When it comes to looking at younger players and all the traditional shiz about Spurs [I am coining the term 'Shiz-tory'], I'm an old head on young shoulders. Therefore I feel that we should look closer to home as it's not impossible to create a fine team of homegrown talent for the future.
Manchester United seem to have the balance of academy players and imported players down to a tee. Scholes, Neville, Giggs and others from the academy combined with Ronaldo, Nani and Van Der Sar have won title after title even in the present day of assuming that a quick-fix of buying 10 players means quality immediately shows in the team.
Any team can do it. The only difference is a willingness to look closer to home for the odd few players we need.
Considering how Harry Kane has received raving reviews as of late for his international performances, and scored five goals in 18 games (about 1/3 the same as Defoe and Keane in their heydays), for a 17 year old, that's very promising!
Does anyone else agree that whilst or instead of looking at top strikers who will reject offers from us over this summer, we should bring Kane into the senior squad for pre-season matches at least?
Can't hurt, can it? Maybe he'll do the business regularly for us and be the answer to our striker problem. He's young and wants to play and score. Kane brings with him experience of first-team football at Leyton Orient. Not Premier League, but first-team football nonetheless.
Best of all, he's free!!!
What better combination than that!?
Dean Parrett is worth a go as well. He's got a desire to win the ball [back] which is comparable to that of Sandro. Both midfielders like winning the ball to regain possession, which can prove important in pulling a late goal back.
Along with this, I urge all fellow Spurs fans to cut the 'young-and-unproven' and 'old-and-past-it' motifs out of their opinions because, if all club managers took those approaches when looking for players, no club would sign anybody!