Tottenham youngster Dane Scarlett has been compared to Marcus Rashford despite struggling on loan at Ipswich in the first half of the season. Scarlett has returned to Spurs for the second half of the season after failing to score in 12 Championship appearances.
However, the 19-year-old previously impressed during a temporary spell at Portsmouth. Playing for the League One promotion-chasers in 2022-23, Scarlett scored six goals in 34 league appearances.
Pompey’s first-team coach has revealed that staff wanted Scarlett to learn to play as a left-winger after realising that he possessed similar abilities to Manchester United forward Rashford. The Spurs academy graduate possesses a fierce strike when coming in off the left flank.
It was manager John Mousinho who made the initial comparison to Rashford last year. He told the Portsmouth News at the time: “Dane definitely has a future playing off one of the wings. When he has played in our side, it has been off the left and he’s affected games.
“Certainly, if he wants to play for Spurs in the next year or so then it might be time to think about. Something other than playing as a number nine.
“One which springs to mind is Marcus Rashford. A centre-forward coming through the ranks and has now reinvented himself as that wide player cutting in. And still with the ability to score.”
Bassey has now spoken more about Scarlett’s ability to play as a left-winger, in a move that could be replicated by Ange Postecoglou if he needs a new wide man. Scarlett is described as a ‘brilliant presser’ who can cut inside and shoot.
“A good kid, but young and still had a lot to do,” Bassey said. “He’s a brilliant presser, his great attribute is pressing against the ball, so I wanted to see whether he could do that role off the left, coming in on his right foot and shooting. He had a brilliant shot off his right foot.”
Spurs were frustrated by Scarlett’s struggles in the Championship. The academy graduate, who played as a centre-forward in his formative years, did not start a match for Ipswich – clocking up just 145 minutes of football.