Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Dane Scarlett will be promoted to exclusively play with the Tottenham first team at the end of the season.
The 16-year-old came off the bench during Spurs’ 4-0 win over Wolfsberger AC in the Europa League round of 32.
It sealed a comprehensive 8-1 aggregate victory that eases some of the pressure surrounding Spurs boss Mourinho.
Scarlett made his third appearance of the season against Wolfsberg, registering an assist for Carlos Vinicius in the closing stages.
Asked about the forward, Mourinho said Scarlett ‘has to be a first team player’ next season, in order to continue his development.
“Dane has incredible talent. I don’t want to speak too much because tomorrow I arrive in the building and the kid’s boss is going to kill me,” he told reporters. “I don’t want that so I don’t want to speak too well about him.
“I just want to say that he will be 17 next month and I want him to be part of the first team squad next season.
“So this season he is there and here, goes to training sessions with us and matches with the kids of his age and trains there.
“Next season he has to be a first team player. Immense talent. Very good physical development.
“He’s very good, he’s going to be very good. I hope that nothing is going to destroy that potential. He must have feet on the ground and head on his shoulders because he has a fantastic talent.”
And almost exactly six years after Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene in the same competition for Manchester United, Mourinho has claimed he will follow a similar path to the one he took with the England international.
Speaking to BT Sport, Mourinho added: “He is going to be a fantastic player. He has fantastic talent. Next season he will be a first-team player.
“I am playing him from the side but he is a nine a bit like I did with Marcus Rashford.”