Even at the age of, 16, Tottenham youngster Dane Scarlett is showcasing his worth on the big stage
Scarlett came on as an 81st-minute substitute during Tottenham’s Europa League win last night and within minutes he got in on the action.
Speaking to BT Sport during their live coverage of Tottenham’s win against Wolfsberger, Jermaine Jenas hailed the highly-rated teen for his ‘intelligent’ press, which led to Carlos Vinicius’s second goal of the game.
Whilst Scarlett didn’t score a Dele Alli-like wondergoal or ping a 25-yard assist, Jenas made it clear that the Tottenham teen’s off-the-ball work will be appreciated ‘more’ by his manager than any of the above.
“He just lets himself go, he thinks ‘I can nick this’, said Jenas. “He’s sharp. Gets the toe on it and Vinicius comes to life in the box.
“I am sure Scarlett had dreams of taking it off him and scoring himself. But it was brilliant work here to nick it.
“He’s under a manager that will appreciate that more than a silky pass to split a defence.
“The line that he closes him down on is what creates it. He doesn’t allow the centre-half to put it out to the right-back. Intelligent press, wins the ball and really good stuff.”
Given that Tottenham are now going to enter some real crunch moments of the season, a win such as this, albeit against a poor-quality opponent, will provide all with some much-needed confidence.
Heading into Tottenham’s Premier League showdown with Burnley at the weekend, Mourinho has some important decisions to make.
Does Gareth Bale, who was on the bench for yesterday’s win, start? And will Alli perhaps be a surprise contender for a starting berth? Either way, Mourinho now has some options to choose from.