Jose Mourinho took no chances in nominating his side for Tottenham’s trip to eighth in the Navy in the FA Cup, selecting Dele Alli, Moussa Sissoko and Matt Doherty in his starting XI.
One inclusion that raised some eyebrows was Alife Devine, 16, who secured a place on the substitutes bench for the first time in his young career.
Despite his young years, the teenager has already accumulated some remarkable career moments. Here are a few things you need to know about the new Spurs star.
Barely 15 minutes after arriving at halftime against Marine, Devine had earned his place in the record books as Spurs’ youngest goalscorer.
Hooking Lucas Moura’s pass inside the box, he maneuvered the ball on his right foot before hitting 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 last for some time.
In January, Devine made a name for himself in the worst possible way.
In an Under-23 London Derby against Chelsea, the midfielder went high and reckless on Danny Drinkwater.
The Premier League winner didn’t react well, climbing onto the floor before hitting Devine’s leg. Drinkwater drew some criticism for his role in the smashes, but on second thought, his angry response was justified.
he really was a terrible challenge.
Perhaps unsurprisingly as he is so highly rated, Devine has already received an order in England.
He appeared twice for the Under-16s in last year’s games against Japan and Spain respectively. Kian Pennant, nephew of former Liverpool and Stoke City star Jermaine, was on that same squad.