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'Baffles me': TalkSPORT pundit says 18-year-old should've started for Tottenham last night, he's 'very good'
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'Baffles me': TalkSPORT pundit says 18-year-old should've started for Tottenham last night, he's 'very good'

Tottenham Hotspur crashed out of the Carabao Cup last night after a disappointing performance against Nottingham Forest.

Spurs once again fell behind in the game and didn’t turn up in the first-half, but there was no second-half comeback yesterday.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Gabby Agbonlahor lamented Tottenham’s latest disappointing defeat.

Conte picked a relatively strong side with Harry Kane, Ivan Perisic and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg among the starters.

However, goals from Renan Lodi and Jesse Lingard ultimately decided the tie.

Even after the introduction of Dejan Kulusevski and Richarlison on their comebacks from injury wasn’t enough to turn the tide.

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Agbonlahor was disappointed with Tottenham’s performance but also questioned one of Conte’s decisions in the summer.

He believed that young Dane Scarlett should have started for Tottenham yesterday and shouldn’t have been sent out on loan.

Scarlett joined League One side Portsmouth on a season-long loan, and has played well.

He’s not been prolific on the south coast, having only scored three goals, but would allow Conte to rest Kane in games like last night.

Scarlett should have started for Tottenham – Agbonlahor

Speaking on TalkSPORT (10/11 8:13am), Agbonlahor said: “You know what baffles me about this? They’ve got a young lad on loan at Portsmouth called [Dane] Scarlett.

“Very, very good player, I’ve watched him play, [he’s] sharp, quick, can finish.

“Why have you sent him on loan to Portsmouth when you’ve got one striker?

“Yes, you’ve bought Richarlison who’s not a striker, you would say he’s an inside forward, plays off the striker.

“This was the game where Scarlett should have started. Playing Nottingham Forest, they’ve mixed up their team, go out and prove that you’ve got a chance of getting into the Premier League squad.

“But you can’t because you’ve sent him on loan. Your top young striker, you keep him, and that’s how you give him some minutes, and you play him in the Carabao Cup.”

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Scarlett could have taken load off Kane

Scarlett was given his opportunity in the first team last season, being involved in the Europa Conference League and FA Cup.

However, he didn’t quite look sharp enough at that level, and a loan move was probably the right call.

Journalist Alasdair Gold believes that plenty of people at Spurs think Scarlett has serious potential.

Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has described Scarlett as a ‘fantastic young player’ and put plenty of faith in the 18-year-old.

Agbonlahor’s claim that Scarlett should have started for Tottenham yesterday if he’d been at the club would have at least given Kane a much-needed rest.

However, Spurs need to take games like last night’s seriously, as they offer a fantastic chance of winning silverware.

Tottenham fans will be gutted with the nature of their defeat last night.

Given Kane’s lack of influence on the game, Scarlett may have been completely anonymous had he played instead.

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