In an exciting development that hopefully will continue the train of youth players breaking through into Tottenham's first team, academy manager John McDermott has been granted complete control of Tottenham Hotspur's player development. McDermott's responsibilities will increase considerably as he will superintend every Spurs side save the first team. Recent reports have suggested that McDermott was a target for Manchester United as they intend to part ways with Derek Langley, their longtime head of youth player recruitment. Yet McDermott's expanded role with the club, and his positive relationship with Pochettino and Spurs head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell, have cemented his stay in North London.
Daniel Levy has confirmed that John McDermott, the Tottenham Hotspur head of coaching and development, has taken on the responsibility of overseeing every age group at the club below first-team level.
McDermott, who has been a target for Manchester United has built his reputation as a shrewd judge of young players at the club's academy and he has developed a close working relationship with the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, and the head of recruitment, Paul Mitchell.
Source: The Guardian
From a professional perspective, McDermott's position at Tottenham is hard to beat. Firstly, he works under a manager who would rather promote youth players than sign news ones. Secondly, McDermott is directly involved in the fringes of the first team. Poche integrates academy players into training sessions consistently at the discretion of McDermott's judgement. McDermott is in many way pulling the strings of who does and does not get a shot with the first team. Lastly, and lets hope that he never moves on, but this is a heck of a resumé builder. If Pochettino and company can sustain this success over a couple of years, McDermott can name his price to Spurs or really any other club in England, if not the world, for his services.
The THST published the minutes of its meeting, writing that Levy had "explained how John McDermott was now in charge of everything below the first team, including the under-21s," and how "there was regular dialogue with McDermott, Pochettino and Mitchell regarding recruitment and talent.
All three would be considering whether we have the talent under our first team that we could promote up. The approach is always to try and promote up, if possible.
The THST also wrote that Levy had said the decision to loan the centre-half Federico Fazio to Sevilla last month was possible only because Pochettino, McDermott and Mitchell were "confident in the abilities of a younger player to step up to the first team, if required
Source: The Guardian
The last bit of insight comes from Daniel Levy himself and gives a glimpse into how streamlined and symbiotic the first team is to its academy. There wasn't much talk of Spurs signing an extra defender after the Vertonghen injury (sorry Ben Chilwell), but that's because Tottenham really had no intention of doing so. Even with an outgoing Federico Fazio, Spurs looked inward to solve a need. That player, by the way, who Tottenham is "confident in the abilities of", is none other than eighteen-year-old English-American Cameron Carter-Vickers (long may he reign for club and country!).
This mindset is refreshing in that it gives young players a chance, yet it is also compelling from a transfer perspective. The footballers who Tottenham Hotspur sign in the future will be wholly wanted by the manager. There will be no errant, lets-hold-our-breath-and-hope-this-works-out type signings. Spurs aren't taking fliers on players, but making investments into them and providing proper chances to prove themselves once they arrive. This approach seems obvious and healthy, but certainly isn't the norm in the high-pressure world of top flight professional football.