Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Santo is expected to favour a two-man attack when the new season gets underway in just over three weeks time.
That’s according to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, who claims that the newly-appointed head coach is seeking a proven Premier League centre-forward to lead his line alongside Harry Kane.
As a result, Southampton striker Danny Ings has emerged as a top priority for the 47-year-old boss but he won’t be easy to prise away from the south coast, even if he’s out of contract next summer.
The Saints will demand in excess of £20m for their leading talisman, justifiably so. He’s found the net 38 times in the last two seasons alone, taking his total to 55 in 140 top-flight appearances, via Transfermarkt.
Indeed, Ings meets the ‘proven’ criteria but should the Lilywhites risk investing such a substantial amount into an injury-prone 29-year-old?
Perhaps not. Instead, Nuno may well already have a potential solution to his problem right under his nose in Dane Scarlett.
Of course, the 17-year-old is an immensely raw talent but glowing endorsements of his quality just do not stop flowing in around the club right now.
Former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is a massive fan of his, having granted him his professional debut last season – speaking in The Times, the ‘Special One’ tipped the teenager for international stardom.
“‘I know he’s still very young, just 17, and it is probably too early for the next World Cup, but Tottenham Hotspur have a striker in Dane Scarlett, who, if everything goes well, is going to be phenomenal. For England, there is lots of promise,” he said.
It echoes his previous comments, where he dubbed Scarlett a “diamond” with “incredible potential” to BT Sport (via talkSPORT).
“Dane has incredible talent,” claimed Mourinho, before later adding: “I don’t want that so I don’t want to speak too well about him. I just want to say that he will be 17 next month and I want him to be part of the first-team squad next season.”
Nuno has actually been getting a look at him throughout pre-season and he’ll surely be delighted with what he’s seen so far. The academy goal machine bagged against Leyton Orient and impressed from the bench against Colchester United.
Scarlett has scored 26 goals in 28 appearances across the U23 and U18 squads since his breakthrough, leading to Spurs legend Ledley King dubbing him a “natural finisher” before comparing him to Kane, via football.london.
On the above evidence, Nuno could well save chairman Daniel Levy at least £20m this summer by unleashing the 17-year-old gem.
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