Jose Mourinho has told BT Sport (broadcast on 24/2; 19:08) that Dane Scarlett will be a first-team player at Tottenham Hotspur next season as he drew parallels between the 16-year-old and Marcus Rashford.
Scarlett was handed the chance to make another senior appearance on Wednesday as Spurs battled Wolfsberger in the second-leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.
And the teenager was able to make an impact. He won back possession allowing Carlos Vinicius to score his second and Tottenham’s fourth as they cruised through to the next round.
Some may be wary about getting carried away by the potential Scarlett is showing. But with a glint in his eye emerging as soon as Scarlett’s name was put to him, Mourinho outlined just how high his hopes for the youngster are.
“He’s a diamond. He’s a kid with an incredible potential,” he told BT Sport. “I believe next season, he’s going to be a first-team player because his talent is too developed.
“He’s going to be a fantastic player. I hope just that everything goes well around him and nothing strange disturbs his development because the kid has a fantastic talent.
“He’s a striker, he’s a number nine. I’m playing him more from the sides, a little bit similar to what happened to Rashford. When you are too young, it’s more difficult to be a nine, and it’s easier to come from the side without losing that killer instinct.”
TBR View: Scarlett in the best place to learn
It is difficult to think of many better places for Scarlett to perfect his game. Admittedly, Tottenham have been going through a tough period.
But he is now set to work closely with Harry Kane on a regular basis. He is also learning from players such as Son Heung-min, Gareth Bale and Dele Alli right now.
And he clearly has the faith of his manager. As Mourinho notes, there may be hurdles put in front of Scarlett. But the boss obviously feels that he has the talent to clear them with ease.