Tottenham Hotspur fans could be forgiven for never knowing who Dane Scarlett was before breaking history, but it’s a name they should get to know quickly.
Against Ludogorets in the Europa League last week, the 16-year-old became the youngest-ever player to feature for the north London outfit, surpassing John Bostock’s 12-year record.
Dane Scarlett is the youngest player ever to play for Spurs in a competitive match. He beats John Bostock's previous record. What a moment for him.
— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) November 26, 2020
The teenage sensation has enjoyed a meteoric rise this season. On the face of it, eight competitive minutes is nothing to shout about but it’s even more impressive considering he’s yet to feature for the U23 squad.
Scarlett has caught Mourinho’s eye that much that he’s bypassed that level of football to be granted a professional debut. Very rarely do you see players at his age feature for an elite club.
Last season, the striker missed ten months of action due to a serious knee injury, so to feature for Spurs’ first-team is just desserts after recovering fully in August this year.
A year ago sustaining a season ending Knee injury. To making my @SpursOfficial debut, also becoming the youngest ever Spurs player is a dream come true for me and my family. Thanks to everyone that’s supported this far. It was a shame I had to make my debut without you Spurs fans pic.twitter.com/xquGq2ueAh
— Dane Scarlett (@DScarlett09) November 27, 2020
With Troy Parrott out on loan, could Scarlett be the next prospect in line behind Harry Kane? Quite possibly.
Speaking about his debut, Mourinho said:
“He played a few minutes in some of our pre-season matches. Of course, he went back to his [U18] team. He trains with them. Yesterday when I felt there was space for another young player in the squad, I didn’t decide by myself, I asked my football director and I asked the academy director and they contacted all the coaches. ‘Who deserves it?’
“There are of course a few names, especially the U18s because they are doing so well. They gave me his name and because I knew him already I thought if the opportunity would arise it would be a good chance for me and a good feeling for everyone in the academy.”
For the U18s in their Premier League, Scarlett has bagged ten goals in just nine matches, including four strikes in one game against Southampton, who have quite an illustrious academy set-up themselves.
If he continues to bag each week, there’s a high chance that he is involved under Mourinho again at some point this season, especially when they face non-league outfit Marine in the FA Cup in January.
He could well be bordering on the potential of being the next Kane at Spurs.
Arguably, the Englishman has been Daniel Levy’s greatest success story at the club, so if Scarlett follows that path having already broken one long-standing record, then perhaps the Lilywhites chairman has struck gold once again.
Forget Harry Winks, Japhet Tanganga and even Parrott, Scarlett could be the future of Tottenham Hotspur.
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