The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with MLS club Orlando City regarding a player exchange arrangement at youth level. Like many clubs in the Premier League, Spurs have a policy of loaning their academy starlets to lower league teams to gain experience.
On rare occasions, the Lilywhites also loan their up and coming youth players to foreign clubs in order to play competitive football. That was the case with goalkeeper Brandon Austin, who spent last season on loan at Orlando City, making five appearances in the MLS (transfermarkt).
The Mail reveals that Tottenham are keen to tap into Orlando’s expertise in the American market and also consider a potential partnership as a means to promote the club in the United States. The owners of Orland City, Zygi and Mark Wilf, who also own NFL Franchise Minnesota Vikings, were said to be present at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for the Lilywhites’ clash against West Ham United earlier this month.
According to The Mail, Spurs hope that an agreement with Orlando City would mean that more of their youth players would be sent across the pond to gain some experience.
The proposed agreement would certainly benefit both parties. While the MLS is not of a particularly high standard, sending young players to play competitive football in front of large crowds, can only be beneficial for their development. It would also potentially give Tottenham an advantage when it comes to identifying and pursuing the best talents emerging from the United States.
It would be interesting to see what unfolds in the future, probably in the summer, given the number of deals that Tottenham have already completed in the January winter transfer window and what they could be planning to do in the summer as well.