“If he’s good enough, he’s old enough” was the verdict of ex-Tottenham captain Graham Roberts when asked whether Dane Scarlett will be given senior opportunities next season.
The teenage striker only signed his first professional contract back in March, but is highly-rated by those in north London and is expected to soon be making an impact in the first-team.
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Scarlett became Spurs’ youngest player in their history when he came off the bench in the Europa League last term, one of three first-team appearances he made under Jose Mourinho, including his Premier League debut against West Brom.
Despite having the likes of Harry Kane ahead of him, the 17-year-old isn’t expected to head out on loan, and has already made an impact in pre-season, scoring the opener against Leyton Orient earlier this month before seeing an effort ruled out for offside four days later at Colchester.
With Tottenham’s seventh-place finish seeing them qualify for the Conference League, the third tier of European football, Roberts is confident Scarlett will get his fair share of chances under Nuno Espirito Santo.
He exclusively told The Transfer Tavern:
“Yes, you’ve got the League Cup; you’ve got the Conference League. He’s a young kid, only 17-years-old, but if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.”
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