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‘Interesting’: Tottenham may now keep youngster at club this season, but he might not be happy about it - Gold
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‘Interesting’: Tottenham may now keep youngster at club this season, but he might not be happy about it - Gold

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alfie Devine may now be kept at the club this season, according to journalist Alasdair Gold

The 17-year-old joined Spurs’ academy set-up back in 2020 after making the switch from Wigan Athletic and looks to be a real talent for the future. 

And Gold has said in his latest YouTube video that Devine is really keen to play first-team football this season, but he may have to stay at Spurs to be registered for the Champions League squad due to the homegrown quota. 

Devine recently played a key role for England in the U19 European Championships, alongside Dane Scarlett, and featured heavily for Spurs’ U23 side in the Premier League 2 last season. 

But it seems the youngster now wants to go out and play first-team football to continue his development. 

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Spurs may now keep Devine 

The Football.London journalist says Devine might not be happy about being kept around this season as the youngster wants to head out on loan. 

“It was interesting, someone said to me the other day at the club that maybe they will have to keep Alfie Devine around purely to be able to register him in European stuff,” Gold said. 

“I don’t think that would go down very well, I think Alfie is very keen to play football now.

“I know they turned down a loan move to Leyton Orient last summer and he really wanted to go and play football.” 

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At just 17, it would benefit Devine’s development massively for him to head out on loan to an EFL side this season. 

The English midfielder has shown plenty of promise in his displays at youth level so far and clearly feels ready to play first-team football. Devine was training with Antonio Conte’s team after their pre-season tour of Asia but is unlikely to feature for the Italian this season. 

Devine made an appearance for Spurs back in the 2020-21 campaign in the FA Cup against non-league outfit Marine but has not got any minutes since. 

It’s interesting that Tottenham turned down a loan move to Leyton Orient last summer and they must have felt that at just 16-years-old, the youngster wasn’t ready to go out on loan just yet. 

But now Devine seems eager to secure a loan move and it would benefit Spurs to let him go out to play regular competitive football.

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