Spurs scout 17-year-old League One striker

Roots Hall Stadium Pitch from South Upper Credit: Garry Bowden/Galvineyes

Spurs look set to renew their interest in Southend United’s seventeen-year-old forward Charlie Kelman after sending former manager David Pleat to scout the youngster as reported by Club Call.

Pleat was in attendance at Southend’s Carabao Cup tie with Stevenage on Tuesday night and watched the teenager bag a brace as the Shrimpers ran out 2-1 winners.

The former boss has worked as a scout for the North London giants for several years and specialises in finding young talents from the lower leagues.

He was pictured sat in the dugout alongside Southend United manager Kevin Bond before Tuesday’s first-round tie and must have been impressed with the performance of Kelman who showed maturity beyond his years to score twice in the opening ten minutes of the second half and fire Southend into the second round.

Spurs were first linked with the Basildon-born forward in March after his prolific scoring record in the Shrimpers youth set up saw him promoted to the first-team squad. He scored one goal in eleven senior appearances in 2018/19.

The report claims Pleat is now preparing a dossier on Kelman with a view to a possible swoop for the young star.

Our View

Kelman has bags of potential, and it is no surprise that even this early in his career, the Premier League is taking notice.

It will be a case of when and not if he leaves Roots Hall and all Southend fans can hope is the club negotiate good money for the young striker with a multitude of add on clauses.

Spurs fans will be hoping Pleat has uncovered another Dele Ali.



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