Tottenham Hotspur plan to keep Alfie Devine in the first team set up next season
According to Alasdair Gold, the club’s correspondent of Football.London, Tottenham Hotspur have laid down the foundations to keep Alfie Devine in the first team set up ahead of the next season. He has been excellent for the U-23 youth team this term and has even made it into the squad for the senior level.
Tottenham had signed Devine from Wigan Athletic for a fee of around £300,000 in 2020. The Premier League side could get him for such a cheap amount as Wigan were in a financial-stricken situation at that time. He is also contracted at N17 until 2024, making him a great prospect to keep hold of moving forward.
It seems Spurs have plans to do just that as they do not have any plans to loan The 17-year-old out in the summer transfer window. They want to keep hold of him in and around the first team set up under Antonio Conte, having been impressed by the youngster’s displays.
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Conte’s side would have been more confident about their decision regarding the Englishman as a result of his recent performance. He was great in the last Premier League 2 fixture against Arsenal despite his team losing 2-1 on the day.
The Tottenham teenager has featured in 18 matches for the youth and reserve sides this season and has ten goals alongside three assists to his name across all competitions. He is arguably the best talent we have in our youth teams at this moment, although a case can be made for Dane Scarlett and Harvey White as well.
That being said, we must ensure that the Spurs midfielder’s progression would not get halted as minutes are essential for his growth at this stage. Complications in UEFA guidelines have prevented him from earning game time at the senior level, which we are hoping to negate by this decision.
Who knows, maybe the attacking midfielder could get more prominence with us once he gets registered as a club-trained player. He is not included in that category as UEFA rules state that certain requirements need to be met for that purpose.
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The English ace could not be registered since he does not fall into the guidelines of “a player who, between the age of 15 (or the start of the season during which he turns 15) and 21 (or the end of the season during which he turns 21) has been registered with his current club for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or of 36 months”.
Let’s hope that the club can solve this issue at the earliest so that Devine can get his fair amount of chances with the first team. After all, there is an opportunity to take advantage of since we have just four midfielders in the squad at this instant.