Alasdair Gold has revealed that he expects Dane Scarlett to remain at Tottenham for the first half of next season but suggested that the North London club could loan the striker out in the January of 2023.
Scarlett has been on fire for the Under-23s and Under-18s over recent seasons and has been knocking on the door of the first team.
The striker has not only trained with the first-team squad this season but he has also made a few appearances off the bench, under both Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.
The 18-year-old was an unused substitute during Tottenham’s 3-1 win over West Ham last Sunday and Conte praised the teenager’s improvement after the game, labelling him ‘a really important prospect’ for the club (Football.London).
Scarlett demonstrated his quality for the England Under-19s on Wednesday, finding the back of the net in their 3-1 win over the Republic of Ireland.
Gold has now revealed that he expects the youngster to stay at Spurs next season, even though the Lilywhites are likely to add to their forward line this summer.
When asked during Q&A on Football.London if Scarlett has a real shot at first-team football next season, the journalist responded: “I think they’ll make a decision over Dane Scarlett’s next steps in the summer but, at this point, I’d expect them to keep him at the club next season to continue to learn and get more chances to play.
“That Conte spoke about him, unprompted, on Sunday was a great sign and suggests he’s making big strides behind the scenes. A pre-season with Conte would be a big deal for the teenager and could really help him continue to develop.
“Spurs will likely bring in another striker during the transfer window and that would see the three strikers used for all the competitions and perhaps the club look at a loan for Dane in January if post-Christmas he’s going to get less game time.
“Who knows, he might just have made a big splash by that point if he continues to move towards that ‘brilliant future; Conte says he has ahead.”
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Both Scarlett and Alfie Devine are certainly talented enough to be a regular starter at a Championship or League One club.
However, given that they are still both extremely young, Spurs will perhaps be want to be cautious and not subject them to the rigour of lower league football too soon.
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