Tottenham Hotspur recently changed managers, sacking Nuno Espirito Santo and getting Antonio Conte in as his replacement. They’ve also had a change in tournaments this season too.
With playing in Europe’s brand new third tournament, Spurs have rotated their team, giving some youth players a chance. Dane Scarlett has been a big benefactor of that, making three appearances in the Conference League to date (via TransferMarkt).
However, in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge wasn’t impressed with Spurs’ treatment of Scarlett and the youngster’s performances in the competition too.
Bridge told GiveMeSport: “They’ve really ruined Dane Scarlett, that boy looked like a little boy lost in the Conference League games. Everyone is saying he’s good he’s so good and he comes into senior and he’s getting pushed around by these Dutch defenders, who aren’t top quality, but they’re scaring the life out of him. He’s not ready yet.”
Obviously Bridge isn’t writing Scarlett off at 17 years old, just giving his opinion on his readiness from what he’s seen. For any 17 year-old to make the step into first team football is difficult, let alone for one of the Premier League’s top clubs in a major European tournament!
Scarlett clearly has a bright future, to be trusted to make the step up already shows just how good he is and can become, but maybe Spurs have pulled the trigger a little early?
He became more of a regular first team option under Nuno, whether Conte will use him as much still remains a mystery.