Callum Flatman reveals why he chose to reject a move to Tottenham Hotspur
The 16-year-old spent a week on trial at the English Premier League club before deciding his future would be better served in Edinburgh.
The fact remains that Flatman believes he has an easier route to the senior side at Tyneside Park in comparison to North London.
Signing for Spurs would have seen him move up through the ranks of the club. At just 16, he would have had to wait for a number of years before making his mark for the senior team, if at all.
“I went down and tried it but I decided on Hearts. I think this is a better club for me to progress. There is more likelihood of me getting into the first team here.”
The same can be observed in the case of a number of players at the club. The likes of Juan Foyth and Troy Parrott come to mind. Both players are currently out on loan and the jury is out on their futures at the club.
Also, unlike in England, Flatman does not have to wait until he turns 18 to sign a professional deal. He has already done so at Hearts.
He admits that his family was rooting for him to make the move to England. While a move to Spurs would have been spectacular, there is no guarantee that he would have cut it. Flatman has no regrets over his decision and is happy at the choice he made. A right-footed centre-back who is aggressive, he appears to have a pragmatic and calm head on his shoulders.
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While it is disappointing to see a talented young player choose against joining us, Flatman’s reasons are justified. If he progresses as expected, there is no reason why he cannot make a move to Tottenham in the future. For now, he is a Hearts player and we wish him well.