Alfie Devine, a promising youth player, dedicated his future to the north London team earlier this week by signing a new deal that would last until 2027.
The 18-year-old dynamo was signed by Hotspur Way from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2020, and he quickly rose through the ranks of the junior teams there. In January 2021, he made his first-team debut against non-league Marine in the FA Cup, becoming the team’s youngest-ever player and goal scorer.
Along with his Lilywhites teammate Dane Scarlett, who has now earned England U19s caps, it appears that Spurs see the adolescent as having a promising future for the organisation.
According to The Athletic, first-team manager Antonio Conte has been impressed with his progress, and it’s understandable given that he had a productive season in the Premier League 2 last year, scoring nine goals from 17 games and dishing out three assists from midfield.
Tottenham may have found their real heir to the playmaking Dane with this versatile no. 8 or no. 10 after failing to add anyone in this creative mould during the summer transfer window.
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Devine has been tearing it up at the U23 level for quite some time, well above his years. Eriksen was known for his enormous dead-ball delivery and ability to control the game from the engine room.
Harry Brooks, the 18-year-previous old’s coach, told The Athletic only last year, “He’s absolutely the entire deal.”
“The capacity to always switch it on, the skill, and the attitude. The aggressiveness and tenacity. He is the best player in the academy when considering the whole picture. He could eventually play for England.
Some have linked him to former Everton player Tim Cahill owing to his propensity to enter the box late. Former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho is believed to have compared him to Bruno Fernandes, who plays an Eriksen-like role for Manchester United.
Mourinho described the youngster as “essentially a midfield player with an aptitude to come in finishing zones and to score goals.” Mourinho suggested after that Marine game.
The young player is a “outstanding” set-piece taker, according to GOAL, adding to the comparisons to the late Denmark wonder.
Conte should turn to the young superstar if he believes the rest of 2022 is lacking a creative component; given the four-and-a-half-year contract deal, it is obvious that he has captured her attention.
Devine is a very, very enticing candidate to be the next Eriksen for Spurs.