Noel Whelan has admitted Alfie Devine has suffered a “huge blow” and could be out for “eight weeks” with a hamstring injury at Tottenham.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 17-year-old midfielder would have been desperate to catch the eye of Antonio Conte during the first few weeks of his tenure.
A Spurs source has told Football Insider (18th November) Devine has suffered a hamstring issue and faces an extended spell on the sidelines.
✍️ We are delighted to announce that Alfie Devine has signed his first professional contract with the Club.
The young midfielder, who celebrates his 17th birthday today, has signed a contract that will run until 2024. 🙌
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 1, 2021
The teenager had been a mainstay for the under-23s this season but has been missing since late October.
His absence has coincided with the arrival of Conte in north London, meaning he has not had the chance to impress the new manager.
As such, Whelan admitted the teenager had been dealt a crushing blow.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Everyone’s starting on a clean slate when a new manager comes into a football club.
“You’re always out there trying to impress because you know there could be the opportunity where you can get yourself into the first team.
“If you do a good enough job on the training ground and show the manager that you’re good enough, you could be given the opportunity.
“So for him to get the hamstring, which is at least going to be six to eight weeks, if not longer, depending on the tear, it’s a huge blow.
“Especially as a young player when you’re trying to forge your way and forge a career at a club that you’ve been at for a number of years.”
Devine scored on his Tottenham debut as a 16-year-old back in January.
He signed his first professional deal on his 17th birthday in August.
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