Why Tottenham should sign Jensen Weir with an eye on the future

According to a report from The Scottish Sun, Tottenham are plotting a raid on struggling lower league outfit Wigan Athletic for the signing of young midfielder Jensen Weir.

Wigan were placed in administration last week following which a number of clubs from England and Scotland are eyeing up moves for a number of the club’s players to recruit them on the cheap. Tottenham, too, are among the clubs plotting a raid on the Latics, with the North Londoners keen on signing youngsters Joe Gelhardt and Jensen Weir. (h/t The Sun)

The 18-year-old Weir is a product of the Wigan Athletic youth academy. The central midfielder broke into the club’s U18 setup in 2017. Till date, he has made six appearances for the U18s, scoring one goal.

Jensen Weir (R) in action for Wigan against Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup
Jensen Weir (R) in action for Wigan against Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup

The youngster made his senior debut for the Latics in August 2018 in an EFL Cup clash against Rotherham United. He made his Championship debut a few months later. So far, Weir has made four senior appearances, one of which has come in the 2019/20 season.

Tottenham, meanwhile, have endured a disappointing season after the heights they achieved last time out. Currently facing the prospect of missing out on European football altogether, the club must strengthen the squad over the summer to turn their fortunes around.

Jensen Weir – One for the future

The club should not lose sight of the long-term future and must reinforce their youth ranks to build a strong contingent of players who can become first-team regulars in the coming years.

Of late, Tottenham have had a number of promising youngsters coming through their academy. They are knocking on the first-team doors. Troy Parrott, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga are some of the youngsters that are ready to make a mark while Dennis Cirkin has also been included in the matchday squad for the last two matches.

Adding to this supply line of young talents would only bode well for the club in the future. To that end, signing Weir would be a smart move by the club. The 18-year-old has shown a lot of promise in whatever opportunities he has received at the first-team level.

Jensen Weir in action for England youth team
Jensen Weir in action for England youth team

Weir has also been a regular for England’s U18 side since making his debut in September last year. The 18-year-old has featured six times for the Three Lions’ youth side so far.

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Verdict

Weir is still a raw talent albeit one with plenty of potential. Signing him with an eye on the future would be a good move for Tottenham. The youngster has shown promise so far in his short career and under proper guidance, he can grow into a first-team regular for the North Londoners in the near future.

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