Dane Scarlett alongside Alfie Devine is probably one of the brightest academy prospects to come out of the Spurs academy.
Born in the year 2004, Scarlett has been tearing the U-18s and Premier League 2 so far, scoring 20 goals and providing 4 assists in 15 games. After watching his heroics in the FA Youth League where he scored 5 goals in the game against Newport County, head coach Jose Mourinho gave him his first taste of professional football. He came on as a sub for Lucas Moura in the 4-0 win over Ludogorets, becoming the youngest player to play for Tottenham Hotspur at the time. Dane also is Spurs’s youngest player to play in the English top-flight after he came on for Son against West Brom.
His debut has kept all the Spurs fans wondering what should be the next step in this young player’s career?
While the next step is pretty obvious which is to loan him out to a Championship or League One club, though these moves don’t guarantee Scarlett’s development. We can look at the case of Troy Parrott whose loan move to Millwall ended disastrously. But if we ask Harry Kane the same question he said that his loan spell at Norwich City, Leyton Orient, Millwall, and Leicester City have helped shape the player he is today.
Another possible solution could be the Phil Foden or Callum Hudson-Odoi way. Scarlett could remain at N17 and continue to play for the U-23s while making appearances for the first team in the cup competitions. This would help him receive the game time he deserves while simultaneously training and learning from Harry Kane allows him to learn the deeper aspects of being a striker.
So all in all Dane Scarlett has a bright future ahead of him but the next few years could be crucial for his development and Tottenham Hotspur have to make sure they make the right decisions for the player.