December 28, 2023

Dane Scarlett, a teenage striker, will rejoin Tottenham after failing to make an impression at high-flying Championship team Ipswich Town. Scarlett was sent out for first team action after agreeing to a new, long-term contract with the Spurs during the summer.


Scarlett has played fewer than 150 minutes for the most of the Championship season, going without a point, an assist, or even a game start. The 19-year-old, who had represented Tottenham in the Carabao Cup against Fulham in August, moved to Portman Road over a month into the EFL season.


Scarlett has failed to leave his mark on Kieran McKenna’s formidable team, as Ipswich is fervently pursuing a second promotion in a succession. He was left out of the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with league leaders Leicester.


For his first taste of men’s football, Scarlett spent the previous season playing for Portsmouth in League 1. He played 34 league games for Pompey and scored four goals during his better-than-bad time on the south coast. But by season’s end, he was reduced to a bench warmer and had only appeared in three games after March.


Scarlett encountered McKenna last season, and the coach was all praise for her, but he also disclosed that negotiations to terminate the contract were still going on. He stated over the weekend that “there are conversations with Tottenham at the moment.” “It appears highly probable that he will be called back at the beginning of January. Tottenham’s star forward is now playing in the Asian Cup despite injury concerns.”


Despite a dismal start to his senior career, the young player did make his England Under-21 debut earlier this year, a testament to how highly regarded he is. From now on, he will be searching for a new position when the January window comes up next month.


Due to the Asia Cup, Son Heung-min and midfielders Pape Matar Sarr and Yves Bissouma will miss a significant portion of Spurs’ first six weeks of the new year. If a first team position does become available for Scarlett, he will have enormous shoes to fill, but for Johan Lange, the new sporting director, this is all a part of a larger recruitment strategy that also includes Ange Postecoglou.



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