‘It won’t be easy’ – Portsmouth manager reveals why he wanted Dane Scarlett

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Dane Scarlett
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Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley has lavished praise on Dane Scarlett after the League One club signed the Tottenham youngster on loan.

Despite being just 18 years of age, Scarlett has dominated Premier League 2 over the past couple of years and has been in and around the Tottenham first team.

The teenager regularly made Antonio Conte’s bench in the second half of last season and even earned the Italian’s praise (Football.London).

On the back of his impressive showing in the European Under-19 Championship over the summer, Spurs have decided that the youngster is ready to have a crack at senior men’s football.

Scarlett will be hoping to help Pompey, who finished in tenth place last season, to push for a playoff spot in the upcoming campaign.

Cowley admitted that he is over the moon to have the teenager on board ahead of the new season and waxed lyrical about his quality. 

The Pompey boss stated that Scarlett has maturity beyond his years as a result of having trained with world-class players at Tottenham.

The 43-year-old told Portsmouth’s official website about the club’s newest loan singing: “We’re delighted to have Dane with us and we’re really appreciative of Tottenham for trusting us to look after one of their young players.

“He spent the whole of last season with the first team and featured in some of their European fixtures, training every day with world class players.

“He’s a boy who has the world at his feet and comes here after a brilliant summer with England, playing a big part in that success.

“There’s an intelligence beyond his years – both in and out of possession – with the timing of his runs and the movement that allows him to win space behind defenders.

“We think those qualities will carry a real threat and add a different dimension to our team, while against the ball he has an unbelievable work ethic.

“Dane has an infectious energy and I know that the staff at both Tottenham and the England set-up think the world of him.

“This is his first loan and so it won’t be easy because it’s a new experience, but we’re there to support him like we have done with many young players in the past.

“We’re really looking forward to working with Dane, who’s an outstanding finisher with both feet and his head. He has a ruthlessness that centre-forwards need.”

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Irrespective of how Scarlett plays and how many goals he scores at Fratton Park, the experience will help him mature both as a player and a person. Hopefully, the youngster gets enough game time over the course of the season to be able to show what he can do.

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