Alfie Devine: Things to know about Tottenham's youngest ever goalscorer

10 January 2021 09:53

Jose Mourinho took no risks when naming his team for Tottenham's trip to eighth tier Marine in the FA Cup, selecting the likes of Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko and Matt Doherty in his starting XI.

One inclusion that did raise a few eyebrows was 16-year-old Alife Devine, who earned a spot on the substitutes bench for the first time in his fledgling career.

Despite his tender years, the teenager has already racked up a few, notable career moments. Here are some things you need to know about Spurs' newest star.


1. Tottenham's youngest ever scorer

Just 15 minutes after coming on at half time against Marine, Devine had earned his place in the record books as Spurs' youngest ever goalscorer.

Latching onto Lucas Moura's pass inside the box, he manoeuvred the ball onto his right foot before crashing a shot through the two defenders and into the back of the net.

At just 16 years and 163 days, Devine's record is likely to stand for some time.


2. Danny Drinkwater is not a fan

The tackle that attracted the ire of Chelsea fans | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Back in January, Devine made a name for himself in the worst way possible.

In an Under-23s London Derby against Chelsea, the midfielder went in high and reckless on Danny Drinkwater.

The Premier League winner did not react well, scrambling along the floor before swiping at Devine's leg. Drinkwater attracted some criticism for his part in the fracas, but on reflection his angry response was justified.

It really was a terrible challenge.


3. International

Devine has already received an England call-up | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Perhaps unsurprisingly as he is so highly rated, Devine has already received an England call-up.

He turned out twice for the Under-16s in last year's games against Japan and Spain respectively. Included in that same team was Kian Pennant, nephew of former Liverpool and Stoke City star Jermaine.


Source: 90min