Dane Scarlett has revealed that he cannot wait to get started with pre-season and build on what has been a fantastic campaign for him.
Scarlett shot into the limelight this season by scoring 17 goals in 16 appearances for the Club’s Under-18s and three in five outings for the Under-23s (Transfermarkt).
The youngster was rewarded for his impressive form by being called up to train with the first team on several occasions this season.
Jose Mourinho even handed the teenager his Premier League debut as well as two outings in the Europa League, with the striker becoming the youngest player to make a senior appearance for the club in the process.
Scarlett, who signed the first professional contract of his career when he turned 17 back in March, has admitted that the memories of this campaign will stick with him for a long time.
On receiving a commemorative cased match ball from the Premier League to mark his debut in the competition, the youngster told Tottenham’s official website: “My Premier League debut is something that will stick with me because it was a big moment, not just for me but for my family as well.
“I’ve just got to keep kicking on and hopefully make some more appearances now.
“It’s clearly been my best season for a while, if not my whole life. In general, it was just a big confidence boost.”
Scarlett admitted that he was able to learn a lot by training with the first-team stars at the club and praised the senior players for their help.
However, rather than resting on his laurels, the Spurs academy graduate is keen to make an impression under the new regime in pre-season.
He added: “I believe that if you work hard, you will get your rewards. We have some brilliant players in the first team, so I continue to look up to them and trust that hopefully my time will come.
“You obviously have to earn the trust and respect of the players and staff when you go up to train at that level but the group has been really good with me – the senior players have put their arms around me and helped me a lot.
“I’m feeling good and I’m ready for my next challenges next season. Obviously there is a little break now for the summer but then I’ll be straight back at it.
“Pre-season is an important time so I’ll stay focused, try to do the right things and look forward to trying to achieve more next season.”
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Mourinho seemed to rate Scarlett quite highly, with the former Spurs boss even admitting his plans to include the youngster in the first-team squad next season. So, the Portuguese coach’s departure is a bitter blow to the striker.
However, he certainly appears to be hungry to prove himself to the next Tottenham boss. Hopefully, Scarlett gets a chance to train with the first-team in pre-season and make an impression on the new regime.
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