It’s a “phenomenal” feat for Tottenham striker Dane Scarlett to make his Premier League debut — and he has a huge career ahead of him.
That is according to former Spurs shot-stopper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the centre-forward replace Heung Min Son in the 94th minute of their 2-0 win over West Brom on Sunday.
Scarlett has been in stunning form for Spurs’ youth sides this season, scoring 20 goals in 15 games for the Under-23s and Under-18s.
He made his senior debut against Ludogrets in November, briefly becoming Spurs youngest-ever player before that honour was taken by Alfie Devine in January.
Robinson says it’s a shame there were no fans present to witness his Premier League debut but that the West Brom game was the first of many for the youngster.
“It’s the start for him, the start of a big football career,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“It was a nice touch for the manager to bring him on.
“I was watching the game with my son and we were having bets with each other as to whether he’d get a touch of the ball or not. I don’t think he did in the two seconds he came on.
“But still, what an experience for him coming on in a game they’re winning 2-0. The only shame was the stadium wasn’t full. But if Jose’s trusts him to put him on in a first-team game then he’ll be playing in a lot of full stadiums throughout his career.
“It’s the first step on the ladder and the first step of an exciting career. It’s phenomenal to play in the first-team at 16 years old. It’s incredible.”
Quoted in the Evening Standard, Mourinho said of the debutant: “I know that he will be somebody in a few years. I wanted to be the one to put him on in a Premier League match.”
Though primarily a centre-forward, Scarlett has also been deployed as a left-winger and central midfielder during his short career so far.