Jose Mourinho has tipped Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dane Scarlett to be a future star for the club.
While Mourinho’s stint as manager of Spurs may be over that doesn’t mean his words – both in the past and present – don’t still resonate with their fanbase.
The new Roma boss will be hoping to make an impact as he prepares to transition back over to Serie A this season but for Tottenham, there are plenty of unanswered questions as they begin a new era with Nuno Espirito Santo at the helm.
Back when he was still manager in February he made the following remarks about Scarlett’s potential, even at his young age.
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“He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential,” Mourinho said.
“He has worked many times with the first team and that gives him a different personality. He is still 16, 17 soon [in March] and I believe next season he will be a first-team squad player because he has a lot of talent.
“He is going to be a fantastic player and I hope everything around him goes well. He is a striker, a number nine, I have been playing him from the sides similar to Marcus Rashford and he is very clever.”
Mourinho followed that up with even more praise for the teenager.
“I hope leading Premier League managers don’t just think of their own clubs but also the national team and that they give these young English guys more chances,” he said.
“I know he’s still very young, just 17, and the next World Cup is probably too early, but Tottenham have a striker who, if everything goes well, is going to be phenomenal.
“That kid, Dane Scarlett, probably won’t be ready for Qatar next year — although you never know — but for the next Euros in 2024, he is an example of one who can emerge.”
Tottenham’s new Premier League campaign begins when they host Manchester City on August 15.
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