Mourinho reveals why he wanted to be the one to hand Dane Scarlett his PL debut

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Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho has stated that even though Dane Scarlett only played a few minutes on Sunday, handing the striker his Premier League debut would have served as a boost to the youngster, as well as the other players in the academy.

Scarlett replaced Son Heung-min in the dying moments of the Spurs’ 2-0 win over West Brom and in the process, became the club’s youngest Premier League debutant at 16 years and 320 days.

The striker also formerly held the record for being the youngest player to make a senior appearance for Tottenham after featuring in the North Londoners’ 4-0 win over Ludogeretes in the Europa League back in November.

Mourinho insisted that the youngster was bound to reach the very top in the coming years and admitted that he wanted to be the one who handed him his Premier League debut.

The Spurs boss told The Evening Standard: “He did not touch the ball I do not think.

“But for me, the feeling of the kid also coming on means a lot for the academy means [a lot] for the kid because he is 16, and means [a lot] to me because I wanted to be the one to put him on in a Premier League match.

“Because I know that he will be somebody in a few years.”

Both of Tottenham’s goals on Sunday came early in the second half, courtesy of Kane and Son, but Mourinho prefered to focus on the team as a whole.

The Portuguese coach said: “I am sorry I am not going to speak about Kane and Son because all the guys on the pitch were fantastic and they gave everything.”

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I expect Scarlett to be loaned out to a Championship and League One club next season so that his development can be fast-tracked. It does sound like Mourinho rates the 16-year-old higher than Troy Parrott.

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