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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho compares 'diamond' Dane Scarlett to Marcus Rashford


Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho praised the performance of youngster Dane Scarlett as they progressed in the Europa League after an 8-1 aggregate win over Wolfsberger.

The 16-year-old provided the assist for the final goal of the evening in the 4-0 victory which was scored by Carlos Vinicius.

That came after Dele Alli opened the scoring with an outrageous overhead kick to underline his talents once more.

Vinicius doubled the lead with Gareth Bale also on the scoresheet.

Mourinho thinks teenager Scarlett can be a great player for Tottenham in the future and has similar qualities to Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford.

He said on BT Sport: “He is a diamond, a kid with incredible potential. He has worked many times with the first team and that gives him a different personality.

“He is still 16, 17 soon and I believe next season he will be a first team squad player because he has a lot of talent.

“He is going to be a fantastic player and I hope everything around him goes well.

“He is a striker, a number nine, I have been playing him from the sides similar to Marcus Rashford and is very clever.”

Mourinho also praised Alli for his performance and believes he can continue his good form.

He explained: “We had a difficult period, he had an injury and at the same time talk, talk, taLk about staying or leaving.

“The market closed, the injury went and he started working with motivation.

“He is playing very well, i am not saying in this moment we have a starting line-up because of so many matches but it is coming.

“The goal was beautiful but the meaning of the assists and hard work for team means more to me.

“That work of continuity in the performance is what makes me really happy.”

Tottenham will find out their next opponents in the Europa League on Friday when the draw takes place.

The remaining fixtures in the competition take place tomorrow with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Rangers all in action.





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