Portsmouth have signed Tottenham youngster Dane Scarlett on loan
Portsmouth have signed Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dane Scarlett on a season-long loan deal for the 2022/23 campaign, the club have confirmed.
It was reported by Neil Allen of The News in the area (via Twitter) that Pompey had held talks with the 18-year-old striker today (27 July) before confirming his move from White Hart Lane.
Scarlett has featured ten times for Tottenham’s first XI and scored 23 goals in 23 games for Spurs’ under-18 side in the 2021/22 season.
This looks like a superb move for all parties, with Scarlett’s move to Hampshire somewhat of a coup for Pompey boss Danny Cowley.
Scarlett is one of Spurs’ most talked about youngsters and could probably have landed himself a Championship move.
However, considering it’s his first loan spell away from the club, this looks like a sensible decision for Scarlett to make to gain invaluable first-team experience.
The 18-year-old should only look at success stories such as Cameron Archer in the Championship last season as examples of talents thriving in lower divisions, with the Aston Villa youngster proving prolific in the second tier for Preston North End.
Scarlett will certainly hope to gain game time at Fratton Park and with Pompey signing three new strikers in a matter of weeks Cowley will have to rotate his side regularly like he has always done.
If the new signing excels, there is every chance that he will earn himself another loan move to the Championship next season or even be considered for Antonio Conte’s first team plans.
It will be fascinating to see how Scarlett gets on in a pressurised first-team environment.
Sometimes loan spells like this don’t work out, with Portsmouth’s loan of Arsenal youngster Miguel Azeez last season a good example.
However, Scarlett will be judged on goals and by looking at his youth record, he certainly knows where the back of the net is.
In other Tottenham news, Japhet Tanganga is the subject of heavy transfer interest.