Which Spurs academy player will shine under Nuno Espírito Santo?
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A new era has begun at Tottenham Hotspur under Nuno Espírito Santo, and the fact that the 'Lilywhites' will take part of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League, will grant opportunities to young players with the first team. 

Just last season, Spurs gave the opportunity to seven youngsters to make their respective first team debuts, featuring high-quality players such as Dane Scarlett, Jack Clarke, Alfie Devine, Alfie Whiteman, Harvey White, Nile John and Marcel Lavinier.

White and Clarke were the only ones out of that group to go on loan for the second half of the season, and it shouldn't surprise us if they leave yet again to seek out first team football for the 2021 / 22 campaign.

On the other hand, Scarlett and Devine will most likely be the ones who get the most amount of opportunities under Espírito Santo, as they have showed their potential while playing with the academy teams. 

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Dane Scarlett

Last season, Scarlett played 23 games with the Spurs academy across two different age groups - u23 and u18 - recording 25 goals and four assists. 

He averaged one goal or assist every 59.3 minutes in the academy.

The London native featured in two UEFA Europa League games and one Premier League fixture under Jose Mourinho last season.

At the time of his debut in Europe, he became the club's youngest (16y & 247d) player to appear in a senior first team competitive game.

The 17 year-old signed his first professional contract with Tottenham earlier this year, which runs out until 2023.

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Alfie Devine

Devine also practiced mostly with the first team during the 2020 / 21 campaign, and even broke Scarlett's record by making his debut in Tottenham's FA Cup tie against Marine FC (16y & 163d).

Devine, who scored on his first team debut in the FA Cup, recorded five goals and one assist while playing above his age group, which shows the talent he's got.

At only 16 years of age, he made 24 appearances with the academy last season, including multiple starts in the Premier League 2 with the u23.

"Alfie (Devine) and Dane (Scarlett) now they work with us (first team) every day," Jose Mourinho said on Devine's and Scarlett's team situation last season. "They just go back to the academy to play matches."