Gabriel Agbonlahor has heaped praise on Tottenham teenager Alfie Devine after his goalscoring debut against Marine on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker hailed the reported £300,000 fee that Spurs paid Wigan Athletic for the 16-year-old as “a great bit of business”.
Devine became Spurs’ youngest ever player and scorer in a competitive game when he replaced Moussa Sissoko at half-time against Marine on Sunday evening.
Tottenham took advantage of Wigan’s dire financial situation last summer to bring Devine to north London for just £300,000 after he impressed in a FA Youth Cup game against Spurs.
He left the DW Stadium having never played for the Latics’ first-team but Agbonlahor is hopeful Devine will have a chance to “shine” at Spurs.
He told Football Insider: “Look how young he is. It’s always great to see, like Louie Barry at Aston Villa, young players getting a chance and scoring goals on their debuts.
“It just shows they’ve got a big future and if the clubs can help develop them, help coach them to become even better players, they’re going to become stronger with age.
“So yes, it’s a great bit of business.
“Hopefully he’s the next one that can come through that Spurs academy and shine.”
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho revealed ahead of their game with Fulham on Wednesday night that Devine had been sent back to train with the Under-18s.
He said: “When you reach that high moment now it’s time to go back to where he belongs and it’s time to calm down because [there are] lots of lights on him.”
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