Gold: Tottenham’s Devine and Scarlett ready to be loaned out next season
Two of the most promising young players in Tottenham Hotspur’s development squad are likely to go on loan for the first time next season. According to Alasdair Gold in Football.London, the club will be looking to send striker Dane Scarlett and midfielder Alfie Devine on for first-team experience next season, likely in the league or League One.
Scarlett and Devine have yet to play first-team football, so it would be a new experience. It would also hopefully be a milestone in their development as footballers.
Scarlett is quite possibly the most hyped development forward right now, and that list includes Troy Parrott. Scarlett first caught the attention of Spurs fans when he was praised by then-manager Jose Mourinho and even got a few first-team minutes during Mou’s tenure. This season he has played most of his football with the U23s which is pretty good considering he is only 18, although he is yet to score at this level and he have a decisive pass. He has, however, ten goals this season for the England U19s.
Conte, however, has recently hailed Scarlett’s improvement, having watched him closely during first-team training.
“Honestly, I see a lot of improvement today in Scarlett, if I have to tell you. Seeing that guy is improving a lot, he’s only 17 but I can tell you he’s a really important prospect for Tottenham. .
“He has to be patient and work behind these very important players and keep working that way because about Scarlett, I can tell you that I see a bright future for him.”
Devine is a midfielder with immense promise and is seen as a player who could potentially break into the first team within a few years. He has excelled in U23 football this season aged 17, scoring 9 goals mostly as a central or attacking midfielder.
Gold notes that both players have been deliberately kept around Spurs’ development setup for the past two seasons to get them used to first-team training at Hotspur Way, but that Scarlett and Devine would benefit from regular football in the first team to continue their development next season. . The Championship would be the preferred destination, but a Ligue 1 club could be considered if it offers regular football and a good experience for the player.
After a few years during the Pochettino era where developing players were deliberately kept at the club, Spurs have recently been much more willing to send youngsters through the loan system. Loans for Scarlett and Devine not only imply that they are ready for that next step, but also that the club still believe they could become very good footballers at some level. It’s obviously no guarantee of future success for the first team, but it’s the best path they have to fulfill their potential.