‘Big future ahead’ – Former Spurs midfielder praises youngster after breaking his record

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Former Tottenham midfielder John Bostock has congratulated Dane Scarlett on breaking his record by becoming the youngest ever player to make his first-team debut for Spurs.

Bostock arrived at Tottenham from Crystal Palace as a teenager in 2008 and was thought of as one of the best prospects in English football at the time.

The midfielder was handed his debut for Spurs in the UEFA Cup against Dinamo Zagreb in 2008, aged 16 years and 295 days (BBC Sport), becoming the youngest ever player to represent the club at the time.

Things did not quite work out for Bostock at Spurs after he went on to make only four first-team appearances during his time in North London.

After a series of unsuccessful loan spells, he was eventually released in the summer of 2013.

However, his record stood for more than 12 years until Jose Mourinho bought Scarlett on for Lucas Moura in Tottenham’s 4-0 win over Ludogorets last Thursday.

The striker, aged 16 years and 247 days, was 48 days younger than Bostock when he made his debut (Optus Sport).

Bostock tweeted the following after he saw his record broken by Scarlett on Thursday:

 

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