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Alfie Devine signs first professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur

Harrys out, Alfies in?

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Good news, everyone! A Tottenham Hotspur contract has been signed! Alas, it’s not (yet) Cristian Romero, the central defender who has been high in the thoughts of Tottenham fans, but it’s arguably close to as important for Spurs’ future — teenage midfielder Alfie Devine turns 17 today and celebrated by signing his first professional football contract with Tottenham.

With all due respect to Dane Scarlett, Alfie is considered one of the best talents in Spurs’ academy. Signed last summer from Wigan’s academy, Devine is considered an all-rounder midfielder with a unique combination of technical ability and drive to improve. He made his Tottenham senior debut last season in the FA Cup match at Marine FC, and also scored his first goal in that match as a late substitute. He has two caps for England at the U16 level.

The Athletic (£) claims that Devine is likely going to stick around Tottenham at least for the first half of the season in order to feature in early round Europa Conference League matches, and potentially could head out on loan in the spring to gain first team experience (and perhaps polish his ability to two-foot tackle seasoned football veterans). That tells you what Tottenham’s coaching staff thinks of his ability.

Alfie has featured in a couple of Spurs’ preseason friendlies and while he didn’t exactly stand out, neither has he indicated that he doesn’t belong. He’s a monster talent, and Spurs will do well to keep him on the correct developmental path, one that also, hopefully, leads to the first team.