Tottenham Hotspur manager Nuno Santo has shown he hasn’t been shy about turning to the club’s promising youth system since he left the job last summer.
For example, Japhet Tangana and Oliver Skipp have started all four of their Premier League games so far, while names like Dilan Markanday and Dane Scarlett have also featured on the bench.
The Spurs’ unbeaten start to the season came to an end this weekend, highlighting just one of Nuno’s biggest problems in north London – her lack of creativity and drive from the engine room.
Maybe he should seek help from another academy gem to fix the problem.
Players like Bukayo Saka, Harvey Elliott and Mason Greenwood have shown that if a young player has real talent, it doesn’t matter what age they have a big chance.
Should Alfie Devine be on the Spurs first team?
So it might be a wild but wise decision to come across 17-year-old jewel Alfie Devine, especially since he’s still in charge of the U23 squad even though he’s still in his teenage years.
On the same day, the ten-man Spurs were well beaten by Crystal Palace, with the midfield jewel scoring a goal Bracket against his former club Liverpool, which led to many fans expressing their desire to promote him to the senior team.
That means he has scored three goals and one assist in four Premier League 2 games this season, while providing a total of eight goals and two assists for the club, including one on his FA Cup debut last season at Transfermarkt.
Devine captained England in youth and can play anywhere in midfield – # 6. # 8 and # 10.
According to The Athletic, he is “a well-rounded central midfielder with an eye for goals” and “will have an extraordinary attitude that draws comparisons to Harry Kane”.
These are attributes that were repeated by his former Wigan Academy boss Gregor Rioch.
“His possession statistics are very high and he passes the ball forward, not to the side and back. He can hold the midfielder and connect the game, he can break forward with or without the ball from midfield and score a goal, ”he told The Athletic.
Similarly, another former trainer in Harry Brooks praised the teenager as “the whole package,” adding, “The talent, the attitude, the ability to keep it on. The tenacity, the aggression. When it comes to looking at the bigger picture, he’s the academy’s best player. He could play for England one day. “
Also praised as “so special” by The Athletic’s Charlie eccleshare, it may be time for the Portuguese boss to attack Devine. Of course he’s still young and raw, but he’s a player who could be unleashed as a secret weapon all season long
But at least he deserves a permanent place in the line-up of the first team. Spurs could really use a midfielder to add to that final third.
AND in other news, forget about Tanganga: £ 27m Spurs flop who won 47% duels left Nuno badly in the lurch against Palace …