Tottenham Hotspur have announced that their youngest-ever player and goalscorer Alfie Devine has signed his first professional contract at the club, signing a deal until 2024.
The 17-year-old gem joined from Wigan Athletic last summer and made his senior debut in their FA Cup win over non-league Marine back in January this year.
Devine has featured in two pre-season friendlies under Nuno Santo so far, and with Spurs soon to be competing in the UEFA Conference League on top of the domestic cup competitions, the manager should look to unleash him in his first-team squad.
The highly-rated teenager is now an attacking midfielder by trade but started off his career as a striker in Liverpool’s youth system – but that’s not why he’s earned comparisons to none other than Harry Kane.
It’s his exceptional attitude on the training ground, combined with his phenomenal potential, which has many seeing him as the next Kane at Hotspur Way.
“I remember the first time I saw him I just thought he had a bit of everything. He could handle the ball, hold off defenders, he had that determination,” claimed former Leeds boss Peter Reid, who was technical director at the Latics when Devine was sold, to The Athletic. “He’s always had that technical ability and has a great chance of reaching the top.”
It’s no wonder excitement is building around Devine as he’s contributed five goals from the engine room across the academy and senior squads, not to mention the way he handled his sending off following a crunching tackle against former England international Danny Drinkwater.
Meanwhile, the Spurs prodigy was named on The Guardian’s Next Generation list for 2020, where they described him as an ‘imposing’ box-to-box beast.
Devine has also been lauded as “so special” and “very talented“, so all the signs are pointing towards him one day making the grade at Tottenham Hotspur, but when you’ve ‘got it’, it doesn’t matter how young you are.
With Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko potential departure candidates, there could well be a spot for a player like Devine in Nuno’s squad, and there won’t be a better manager to help him develop. He’s had great success with Wolves’ youngsters, notably Pedro Neto, Max Kilman and Morgan Gibbs-White.
If the 17-year-old dynamo were to be unleashed, then it could well save chairman Daniel Levy and Spurs millions in the transfer window this summer.