Dane Scarlett’s Tottenham fate next season revealed as Alfie Devine takes charge of Spurs
Dane Scarlett’s Frustration
The 18-year-old Tottenham striker has had to settle for minutes here and there under Antonio Conte since the start of the Europa Conference League at the start of the season for Nuno Espirito Santo.
Physically, you can see Scarlett has bulked up with her week-in, week-out exposure to first-team training and working with Conte’s fitness staff. He’s already understandably much stronger than when he burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old in the Europa League last season under Jose Mourinho, becoming the youngest player to provide an assist in the competition since Kylian Mbappe.
It was a frustrating outing for Scarlett as he fell back into the U23 fold and showed up inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in a goalless draw that was a fair result, with both keeper making key saves.
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Unprompted, Conte had praised Scarlett when answering a question about Son Heung-min just over a month ago, saying, “I see a lot of improvement today in [Dane] Scarlett honestly if I have to tell you. Since this guy is progressing a lot, he is only 17 years old but I can tell you that he is a really important prospect for Tottenham.
“He has to be patient and work behind these very important players and keep working that way because about Scarlett, I can tell you that I see a bright future for him.”
Patience will be key for the teenage striker as despite all his development with the first team behind the scenes, it was a season that brought him just one goal at club level, with a strike against Oxford United in the EFL. Trophy.
International football has been much kinder with 10 goals in 10 appearances for the England U19s, but for a striker who thrives on goals it will have been frustrating in that regard. A more balanced split between first team and youth football might have been more beneficial.
In this return to Under-23 football, Scarlett had few chances to impress and the serve rendered to him was reminiscent of those early European performances this season as he fed on crumbs. The key for Scarlett as he learns from the likes of Harry Kane and Son will be learning how to impact games when he doesn’t see the ball enough.
There were a few efforts over the crossbar, including a header at the end of a well-timed run, but ultimately he was eclipsed in attack by tricky Spurs wingers Romaine Mundle and Yago Santiago, although None were able to provide much to Scarlett. the ammunition route.
For Scarlett, unless Conte decides otherwise this summer, football.london understands the plan is to loan the teenage striker out next season to give him the minutes he needs to continue his development, especially with Spurs set to sign a striker to support Kane. Bournemouth reportedly made an approach for Scarlett last summer but Spurs rejected the move because they wanted a playing time guarantee.
Next season, Tottenham expect to receive more approaches from Championship clubs, although a move to Ligue 1 might suit the youngster better at this age. Troy Parrott came straight into the Championship last season and struggled with Millwall, but the Republic of Ireland international has really found his feet with MK Dons in League One this season and his development has taken leaps and bounds. giant.
Spurs will need to select Scarlett’s loan squad carefully because for a player touted as a future star by both Conte and Mourinho, his next stage of development is crucial.
Alfie Devine the organizer
He may only be 17 but Alfie Devine is an organizer. During Monday’s game, he would appear one minute to support Scarlett high up the pitch and the next would find himself in a deep presenter role. All the while he was talking to everyone around him, telling full-backs to push or hold back and watching the game unfold carefully.
The teenager is another one expected of big things and it’s not hard to see why when you watch him in action with his tight control, technique and reading of the game above most others on field.
He has moved into regular Under-23 football with aplomb this season with 11 goals and three assists for Spurs academy sides in 20 appearances.
Devine turns 18 on August 1 and, as with Scarlett, the plan has now changed for the England U19 midfielder to leave on loan. Originally, the midfielder’s idea was to keep him at the club to complete three full seasons in order to register him as a club-trained player for the future. His arrival from Wigan just two years ago made it difficult for him to get involved in the Europa League Conference youth teams at the start of the season as he was unable to make it onto the club’s B list of youth players.
However, Devine’s development this season has been such that football.london understands Spurs will now consider loan moves for him for next season so as not to hamper his progress and the player is also believed to be pushing for a loan spell to continue his development.
Tottenham turned down a loan offer from Leyton Orient last year, believing that at this stage his development was best served by spending time between the team’s early training sessions and working with the squad. development by Wayne Burnett.
Devine has already made his Tottenham debut, making history as the club’s youngest goalscorer with his goal against Marine in the FA Cup third round last season.
Although still only 17, this season he was named on the bench by Conte for the Premier League game at Leeds United and in the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.
Devine is outgrowing academy football despite his young years and now is the time for him to move on and learn all about the rigors of first-team football.
Jamie Bowden and Nile John reunited
It must have been strange for Jamie Bowden and Nile John to be together in midfield again for the U23s. The two young midfielders have both been loaned out to Football League clubs this season and now find themselves in Spurs’ development squad.
Bowden, 20, spent the first half of the League Two campaign at Oldham Athletic and he made 17 appearances to his name, with one goal and four assists and he also featured in the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
However, when Spurs dropped three central midfielders in January, he returned and Conte decided the recalled Bowden would help complete the squad. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named on the bench for the Premier League game against Newcastle.
Nile John spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Charlton in a disappointing spell that didn’t bring a single minute of first-team football there.
With the regular League One season over, the 19-year-old is back at Spurs and at least had the chance to save some minutes in his legs with this game.
Both players currently have contracts until the summer of 2023 and are hoping to get first-team football somewhere under their belts next season.
Of the two on Monday, John showed dynamism in his game, but Bowden impressed the most, leading the team with the maturity of a 20-year-old and he hit the crossbar with a deflected free kick and forced the goalkeeper at a flying save. with a header from a corner.
It remains to be seen whether the two players will end up getting another chance for Tottenham in the first team – John only turned 19 last month – but both will certainly be able to carve out at least a good career in the League football in the years to come.