Alasdair Gold has showered praise on Alfie Devine after watching the midfielder in action for Tottenham’s Under-23s on Monday.

Devine came with a big reputation when he arrived at Spurs from Wigan’s academy back in 2020.

In his first couple of years in North London, the youngster has demonstrated just why he was so highly rated, having already trained with and featured for the Lilywhites’ first team.

The 17-year-old has been a regular for Tottenham’s Under-23s and has arguable been one of the best players in Premier League 2 this season, with nine goals and three assists in 16 appearances so far (Transfermarkt).

The versatile midfielder has also netted twice in three appearances in the FA Youth Cup.

Devine completed all ninety minutes on Monday as Tottenham’s Under-23s played out a goalless draw against Brighton.

Gold took to social media to admit that he is impressed by the teenager’s ability to organise the midfield but also choose the right moments to join in with the attack.

Here’s what the journalist tweeted about Devine: ‘Fascinating to watch Alfie Devine. He might only be 17 but he’s an organiser.

‘He pops up one minute in support of Scarlett and the next in a deep-lying anchorman role, all the while talking to everyone around him, telling them to push up or hold back.’

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While I expect the likes of Harvey White, Troy Parrott and Kion Etete to be loaned out to Championship clubs next season, Spurs will probably be a little more patient with Devine and Dane Scarlett.

While they certainly have the talent to do well in the lower leagues, it would perhaps be more beneficial for their development to play with the Under-23s for one more year and train with the first team.

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