Tottenham’s win at Marine on Sunday saw a youngster write his name in the history books. Alfie Devine became the club’s youngest player to make both a first-team appearance and score a professional goal in the 5-0 win.
The 16-year-old starlet joined the club from Wigan Athletic last summer and has already made an impact in North London.
The youngster came on at half-time in the FA Cup tie, replacing Moussa Sissoko, and he stamped his mark on the occasion with a delightful near-post finish.
Devine was bought for just £300,000 as Wigan were struggling financially during that time, with Daniel Levy always on the lookout for a bargain.
Gabby Agbonlahor has described how the academy prospect was a ‘great bit of business’ for the North London club in the summer.
The former Aston Villa player was speaking to Football Insider regarding the latest Tottenham academy prospect.
He said: “Look how young he is. It’s always great to see, like Louie Barry at Aston Villa, young players getting a chance and scoring goals on their debuts.
“It just shows they’ve got a big future and if the clubs can help develop them, help coach them to become even better players, they’re going to become stronger with age.
“So yes, it’s a great bit of business.
“Hopefully he’s the next one that can come through that Spurs academy and shine.”
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It certainly seems like an exciting period for the Spurs youngsters. The club have already handed the likes of Dane Scarlett, Harvey White, and Jack Clarke first-team debuts at the start of the season.
The praise from Agbonlahor comes just days after it was highlighted just how highly-regarded Devine is amongst the club (Football.London). The Tottenham faithful can certainly hope that Sunday was just the start of the promising career of the 16-year-old.
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