Daniel Levy ‘holds talks with betting experts over adopting data-driven approach to signings’ at Tottenham after success of Brentford and Brighton models
- Spurs chairman Levy has previously been sceptical of data-led recruitment
- But Brighton and Brentford progress has reportedly changed his opinion
- Reports say the club’s next sporting director may have to adopt the approach
Daniel Levy hopes to revolutionise Tottenham’s approach to recruitment and has reportedly held talks with betting experts over developing a data-driven model.
The success of Premier League clubs such as Brentford and Brighton using such an approach appears to have prompted a change of heart from the Spurs chairman, who had previously been sceptical of such ideas.
The Daily Telegraph report Levy wishes to use data to more closely analyse over-performing players in smaller leagues around the world.
Levy has been the subject of supporter anger this season after Spurs slipped back from being on course for Champions League qualification to potentially missing out on Europe altogether. They lost 3-1 at home to Brentford on Saturday.
They sit eighth entering the final day of the season, a point behind Aston Villa, who occupy the Europa Conference League place.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly met experts over adopting a data-led approach to player recruitment in order to keep pace with the top Premier League clubs
Fans have demanded Levy step down during a frustrating season of little progress at Spurs
Spurs lost 3-1 at home to Brentford on Saturday as their European hopes took another knock
The Telegraph say part of Levy’s brief for the sporting director he wishes to recruit is to use data to make decisions on recruitment but also on which existing players to keep or sell.
The aim is to extract maximum value from the transfer market in order to keep up with the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Chelsea and other wealthier clubs.
The identities of those who reportedly met Levy remain a closely guarded secret.
Spurs want to appoint a new sporting director ahead of the summer transfer window following the departure of Fabio Paratici after his worldwide football ban for alleged irregular financial practices when working for Juventus.
Mail Sport reported earlier this month that Roma chief Tiago Pinto and Markus Krosche of Eintracht Frankfurt were among the names under consideration.
Levy has already appointed Scott Munn as the club’s new chief football officer.
Meanwhile, the search for a new manager continues with Spurs facing the prospect of paying Feyenoord more than £6million in compensation to hire Arne Slot.
Ryan Mason is the current interim boss after Antonio Conte was dismissed in March, with Slot, who has just won the Eredivisie title, the frontrunner at present.
Tottenham might have to fork out more than the anticipated £6m compensation fee to make current Feyenoord boss Arne Slot (pictured) their new manager