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Report: Tottenham are now completely changing their plan for 17-year-old wonderkid ahead of next season

Tottenham will loan out Alfie Devine next season as well as fellow wonderkid Dane Scarlett as they look to take the next steps of their development.

Football.London have reported on the plans Spurs have for the teenagers as Antonio Conte embarks on his first summer in charge of the club.

They report that Tottenham were originally planning to keep Devine at the club for the first three years of his time there, but he has outgrown academy football and needs to play at senior level.

The report also says that Conte wants a more senior striker to offer backup for Harry Kane, and that Tottenham are expecting Championship loan bids for Scarlett.

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Will Tottenham loan out Alfie Devine?

Their report on 17-year-old Devine reads: “Originally the idea for the midfielder was to keep him at the club to complete three full seasons in order to register him as a club-trained player for the future.

His arrival from Wigan only two years ago made it difficult to involve him in the young Europa Conference League squads early this season as he could not be registered on the B list of young club players. Spurs will now consider loan moves for him for next season so they do not hold back his progress. The player is believed to be pushing for a loan.

Tottenham turned down a loan offer from Leyton Orient last year as they felt his development was better served by spending time split between first team training and Wayne Burnett’s development squad. Devine is outgrowing academy football despite his tender years and now is the time for him to push on and learn all about first team football.

On Scarlett, they wrote: “The plan is to loan the teenage striker out next season to get him the minutes he needs to continue his development, particularly with Spurs expected to sign a striker to support Kane. Bournemouth made an approach for Scarlett last summer but Spurs rejected that move because they wanted a guarantee of playing time.

Next season Tottenham are expecting to receive more approaches from Championship clubs, although a move to League One might suit the young player better at this age.”

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At some point, top young players need to go out and play matches which matter, with three points on the line every week.

Troy Parrott is a cautionary tale for Devine and Scarlett, because of failed second tier loans but he is also a success story because he has shone with MK Dons this term.

So it is about sending these players to a level where they can get gametime and shine, while also offering them the right challenge.

A club who play the style of football Conte wants the teenagers to learn would also be a plus, and in Scarlett’s case, plenty may rest on the Italian’s ability to bring in a Kane backup, which is an issue which has plagued his predecessors.

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