Amid all the uncertainty over Harry Kane’s future at Tottenham Hotspur, there could be a future striking star bubbling beneath the surface in north London.
The academy system at Spurs has developed plenty of forwards over the years, with the England skipper obviously being the most successful, and before him, it was Peter Crouch.
Many thought Troy Parrott would be the next up-and-coming sensation to hit the ground running at the club but that doesn’t appear to be the case as he continues to struggle during his spell on loan to League One outfit Ipswich Town.
Instead, the door may have opened for Dane Scarlett, the youngest-ever player to feature for Spurs.
After a superb cameo performance and goal assist from the bench against Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League, Jose Mourinho waxed lyrical about his long-term potential.
“He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential,” said Mourinho to BT Sport after the match (via The Athletic). “He has worked many times with the first team and that gives him a different personality. He is still 16, 17 soon (in March) and I believe next season he will be a first-team squad player because he has a lot of talent.”
That bodes well for his chances of progressing into Spurs’ next big thing as his boss has clearly already mapped out a first-team place for him next season, whereas the same remains to be seen for Parrott, who has scored just once across loan spells in the Championship and League One this season.
But what sort of role could he have under Mourinho? Well, he’s provided clues about that too, adding:
“He is a striker, a number nine, I have been playing him from the sides similar to Marcus Rashford and he is very clever.”
The Manchester United superstar burst through under Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, but it was under Mourinho where he truly started to hit the headlines, and that is something the Englishman has noted in the past.
“My time under Jose was a massive learning period for me and I feel like I understood football in a different way to what I understood football before that,” revealed Rashford to Sky Sports (via the MEN). “His style of coaching might not have been perfect for me – but it definitely made me improve as a player and as a person as well.”
We may well have to wait until next season to see more of the 17-year-old prodigy, but evidently, Mourinho could well be about to unearth his next Rashford in Scarlett.
Just last month, the youngster signed his first professional deal, tying him to the club until 2023, so all the signs are pointing towards him having a big say in Spurs’ long-term future. That’s for sure.
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