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Friday, 1 August 2014

The search for youth talent continues with Lazar signing

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to the future and attempting to sign young players who can then use the 3 year rule to qualify as home grown when they reach 21.

The search for youth talent continues with Lazar signing

It is a policy Arsenal adopted 10 years ago and one where Spurs now try to cherry pick the best youth players from around the world and sign them. Players such as Cesc Fabregas and Paul Pogba at Juventus as classified as home grown, as is Morgan Schneiderlin.

Premier League rules stipulate only 17 non-home grown players over the age of 21 can be named in a Premier League squad but if a player spends 3 years registered with a club before he is 21 then he qualifies as home grown. Sourcing young talent from around the world and signing it is a way to circumvent these rules, something Arsenal have exploited for years and now a part of our business model.

There was a proposal contained within the FA commission report on May 8th this year. The proposal was to reduce the non-home grown figure from 17 to 12 gradually between 2016/17 to 2020/21. They proposed that a match day team sheet of 18 players should increase from 6 to 12 the number of home grown players.

There is a clear indication that the FA and indeed UEFA want more home players playing in their country but under EU rules can't stipulate that as they would fall foul of restraint of trade laws. Their answer was the home grown rule which clubs have naturally looked to ways to circumvent, let's be honest that's what big business does all the time.

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Spurs recently reached a pre-contract agreement with Nigerian 16-year-old midfielder Musa Yahaya dubbed the new Iniesta back in March, he has already played for our U18 team and it was reported that he would be going out on loan to Celta Vigo, who finished 9th in La Liga last season.

Now Spurs have signed another youngster, this time a young Romanian central midfielder.

Călin Mateş Sports Journalist, UK Correspondent for Sport Total FM Romania and a Tottenham Hotspur fan revealed the news a young Romanian had signed a 2-year-deal. He three tweets were:

"After trials with QPR and Spurs, Romanian teenager Rares Lazar, 15, will sign a 2-year-deal at White Hart Lane." 
"Lazar - youngest player to make a Romanian Liga 1 debut in the last 30 years. Only 15 years, 1 month and 20 days old." 
"Lazar, 15, trained for a week with Spurs Youth Team and convinced Spurs to hand him a 2-year-deal."

Born in Vaslui he became the second youngest player to have made his debut in Liga 1, the top division in Romania. The list below shows the top 10 which has some quality names on it.

The search for youth talent continues with Lazar signing

Lazar was on the bench on the 7th and 11th May before he made his debut coming on for 2 minutes on Saturday 17th May in a 2-0 away defeat against Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. He then played 16 minutes in a home 4-1 defeat against Astra Giurgiu on Monday 19th May.

Lazar spent a week training with Spurs and signed a contract after, clearly having impressed our youth coaching staff.


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