Tottenham recruit Yaya Toure and Jermain Defoe as youth coaches - report
Tottenham have recruited Premier League legends Yaya Toure and Jermain Defoe as youth coaches, according to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick.
Toure retired in 2019 and Defoe retired three years later in 2022, and they have now both landed coaching jobs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Defoe had previously moved into a short-lived coaching capacity at Rangers under Steven Gerrard before the manager moved to Aston Villa, but this will be the duo’s first roles in England.
Welcoming Premier League heavyweights into their coaching ranks should be a huge positive for the club and the progression of the players within the Spurs’ youth ranks.
Toure is one of the best midfielders to ever grace the Premier League, winning eight trophies in eight years with Man City, including three Premier League winner medals.
Defoe, who was awarded an OBE in 2018, was one of the most deadly strikers in the league’s history, currently ninth in the all-time Premier League top scorer rankings.
Tottenham are not the first club to appoint former Premier League players to their youth ranks, with Arsenal appointing legendary frontman Thierry Henry as their under-18 manager in 2015 and Jack Wilshere recently taking the same role earlier this month.
This type of move has proved to be successful in the past as former players can learn more about coaching as well as helping the youngster under their direction.
In Toure and Defoe, there is an abundance of top flight experience and if they can successfully offload some of their learnings onto the next generation, Tottenham and their youth academy will be in good hands going forward.
In other Tottenham news, Japhet Tanganga is the subject of heavy transfer interest.