‘Incredible talent’ – Mourinho reveals his big plans for teenager next season


Jose Mourinho has revealed that he plans to make Dane Scarlett a part of his first-team squad next season.

The 16-year-old striker made his third senior appearance of the season earlier this evening when he played the final nine minutes of Tottenham’s 4-0 win against Wolfsberger that booked their place in the last sixteen of the Europa League.

The Portuguese described the academy product as an ‘incredible talent’ and believes that he has a bright future in the game if he can remain level-headed.

He told Football.London: “Dane has incredible talent. I don’t want to speak too much because tomorrow I arrive in the building and the kid’s boss is going to kill me. 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.

“So this season he is there and here, goes to training sessions with us and matches with the kids of his age and trains there.

“Next season he has to be a first team player. Immense talent. Very good physical development.

“He’s very good, he’s going to be very good. I hope that nothing is going to destroy that potential. He must have feet on the ground and head on his shoulders because he has a fantastic talent.”

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Mourinho’s comments are certainly interesting in relation to Troy Parrott’s pathway to the Tottenham first-team after the Republic of Ireland international decided to spend the season away from North London on loan.

Parrott’s loan spell at Millwall did not exactly go to plan which saw him drop down a division to Ipswich in January.  It now appears that Parrott will have to work hard upon his return to the club with Scarlett held in such high regard by Mourinho.

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