Jose Mourinho says teenager Dane Scarlett will be a ‘first-team squad player’ next season


Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho compares 16-year-old ‘diamond’ Dane Scarlett to Marcus Rashford and insists he will be a ‘first team squad player’ next season after teenager provided an assist during late Europa League cameo

  • Dane Scarlett came on as a late substitute during Tottenham’s 4-0 victory 
  • He provided an assist for Carlos Vinicius to score the final goal of the clash
  • Tottenham move to the last 16 of the Europa League with an 8-1 aggregate win 
  • Jose Mourinho described Scarlett as a ‘diamond’ in the aftermath of the game 

Jose Mourinho insists his ‘diamond’ of a youngster Dane Scarlett will be a ‘first-team squad player’ next season.

The 16-year-old came off the bench during Tottenham’s 4-0 victory over Wolfsberger in the Europa League.

He dispossessed defender Gustav Henriksson and laid the ball on a plate to Carlos Vinicius who scored his second and Tottenham’s last goal of their comfortable 8-1 aggregate victory. 

Dane Scarlett made an impressive cameo during Tottenham's comfortable Europa League win

Dane Scarlett made an impressive cameo during Tottenham’s comfortable Europa League win

Jose Mourinho described the 16-year-old sensation as a 'wonderkid' following the game

Jose Mourinho described the 16-year-old sensation as a ‘wonderkid’ following the game

After Tottenham advanced to the last 16 of the Europa League, Mourinho said Scarlett will go on to be a ‘fantastic player’.

He said: ‘He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential. He has worked many times with the first team and that gives him a different personality. 

‘He is still 16, 17 soon and I believe next season he will be a first team squad player because he has a lot of talent. 

‘He is going to be a fantastic player and I hope everything around him goes well. He is a striker, a number nine, I have been playing him from the sides similar to Marcus Rashford and is very clever.’

It was a busy nine-minute outing for the teenager who also appeared in the Europa League this season against Ludogorets, as well as a late substitute during a 2-0 victory over West Brom earlier this month.

Dele Alli scored the opener for Tottenham in their victory over Wolfsberger with an excellent overhead kick.

Vinicius and substitute Gareth Bale put Spurs 3-0 ahead, before Scarlett’s assist allowed Vinicius to make it four. 

Mourinho also handed first-team debuts to youngsters Marcel Lavinier, 20, and Nile John, 17, who also came on late in the second-half.

Scarlett dispossessed a Wolfsberger defender before providing an assist for Carlos Vinicius

Scarlett dispossessed a Wolfsberger defender before providing an assist for Carlos Vinicius