‘No doubt’ – League One boss is convinced Dane Scarlett will be a Spurs star

Dane Scarlett
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Crawley Town boss Kevin Betsy was blown away by Dane Scarlett’s performance against his side and confidently asserted that the 18-year-old will be a first-team player for Tottenham in the future.

Despite making a solid start in his loan spell at Portsmouth, Scarlett had not found the back of the net in his first seven appearances for the League One club. However, the teenager has silenced any critics, netting in back-to-back matches over the past week.

Scarlett opened his account in front of goal in Pompey’s 1-0 win against Port Vale last Saturday before finding the back of the net once again in the EFL Cup tie against Crawley on Tuesday.

The youngster’s goal against Crawley was particularly impressive as he received the ball with his back to goal, and used his strength and quick feet to turn the defender before firing the ball into the bottom corner in the 82nd minute.

The goal put Portsmouth 2-1 up but Danny Cowley’s were not able to hold on for the win as David Bremang scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Crawley, who eventually emerged 6-5 winners in a penalty shootout.

However, Betsy lavished praise on the on-loan Tottenham man’s performance after the game. 

The Crawley boss told The News: “Then the second goal was a moment of quality from a top player. That boy is going to play for Tottenham, no doubt about it.

“I’ve worked with him before with England and know his quality. If you give him an inch around the box he will bury you – and he took his chance.”

Dane Scarlett has since scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Peterborough as he continues his fine run of form for Pompey.

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Scarlett is still yet to fill out his body completely, which is understandable given that he only just turned 18. However, despite that, he showed impressive strength to turn the defender against Crawley. 

The youngster has primarily been seen as a wide-forward by many owing to his pace and ability to run in behind but he has shown at Pompey so far that he has the attributes to develop into a centre-forward.

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