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“He is a diamond”: Mourinho likens Tottenham teenage prodigy to Man United star Marcus Rashford

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Jose Mourinho compares Tottenham starlet Dane Scarlett to Marcus Rashford

According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has backed teenage prodigy Dane Scarlett for a bright future, likening him to Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

The 16-year-old Scarlett made his third first-team appearance for Tottenham on Wednesday against Wolfsberger, having made his senior debut in the same competition in the group stages.

And, the forward made a positive impact on the game with his energy and eagerness to make things happen. In fact, Scarlett played a critical role in Spurs’ fourth goal of the night, pressing a Wolfsberger defender into making an error before teeing Carlos Vinicius up for the goal.

Dane Scarlett made his PL debut for Tottenham against West Brom (GETTY Images)

Dane Scarlett made his third first-team appearance against Wolfsberger (GETTY Images)

And, speaking after the game, manager Mourinho singled out Scarlett for praise, hailing him as a star of the future. The Portuguese also insisted that the young forward will become a first-team member from the next season.

“He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential. 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.”

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Scarlett has been in amazing form for the Tottenham U18s this season. And his promising display against Wolfsberger showed that he can slowly be trusted with more minutes at the first-team level.

Apart from Scarlett, two more Spurs’ youngsters, Marcel Lavinier and Nile John, got a chance on Wednesday, making their senior debut. The future is certainly bright.

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