Kevin Phillips has backed Tottenham to loan out Dane Scarlett to a Championship or a League One side next season in order to fast forward the youngster’s development.
Scarlett has been a goal machine for Tottenham’s Under-18s this season, scoring 15 times in 13 matches so far this campaign.
The youngster has been rewarded for his form with a few senior appearances for Spurs this season, coming on as a late substitute in both the Europa League and Premier League.
The youngster seems to be rated highly by Jose Mourinho, who even compared the teenager to Manchester United star Marcus Rashford.
However, Phillips believes that the 17-year-old would be better served by going out on loan as the difference in quality between youth football and the Premier League is substantial.
When asked if he expects Scarlett to be loaned out, the former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “Yeah, I would say so.
“Tottenham have got a history of sending guys out, even Harry Kane when he was younger so I think it’s a sensible decision.
“Instead of sitting him on the bench week in week out and giving him the odd a few minutes. We saw that with Troy Parrott.
“Scoring that amount of goals in any league is good, even in the Tottenham Under 18s you’re playing some good sides so he obviously knows where the back of the net is.
“Making that jump straight to the Premier League is difficult so you would want him to go via League One or the Championship so I expect him to go out on loan next season, he’s ready for it.”
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Scarlett only just turned 17 and the club might just view him as too young to be loaned out to the lower leagues. I would expect him to spend another year training with the Spurs first-team before potentially being loaned out to a Championship club in the 2022/23 season.
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