Gabriel Agbonlahor has tipped young Tottenham forward Dane Scarlett to explode next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa captain revealed he has heard the 16-year-old is an “amazing” player who is “definitely going to be a star”.
Scarlett became the youngest ever player to register an assist in the Europa League last Thursday against Wolfsberger in Spurs’ 4-0 victory.
Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho told BT Sport the Englishman was a “gem” and compared him to Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.
Last Thursday’s game was Scarlett’s third appearance of the season which includes two in the Europa League and one in the Premier League.
“He’s 16-years-old, he’ll be in and around the team and next year he’ll probably be more involved,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I’ve heard about him. I’ve heard from my sources that he’s an amazing player and he’s definitely going to be a star.
“Having confidence from Jose Mourinho, he knows. He’s been around the game long enough to know a special player. If he sees somebody at 16 being so good he’s going to improve so much over the next few years.
“It’s good news for Spurs because Spurs don’t create too many homegrown players from their academy as much as other clubs.”
Along with Scarlett, Mourinho has handed academy players Alfie Whiteman, Nile John, Marcus Lavinier, Alfie Devine and Harvey White debuts this season.
All five of those have come in cup competitions with Devine becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer after his strike in the FA Cup third-round tie against Marine.