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Incredible’ 19-year-old is training with Tottenham’s first-team already following return from loan

Dane Scarlett is working with the Tottenham Hotspur first-team at the start of pre-season as Ange Postecoglou gets to grips with his new squad.

 

This is stated in a report from Football London, which includes a list of all the individuals working with the new Spurs manager as they get ready for the upcoming season.One player in North London who faces an unclear immediate future is undoubtedly Dane Scarlett. The 19-year-old spent the previous season on loan with League One’s Portsmouth.

Scarlett training with Tottenham first-team

Sadly, his time spent with Pompey did not exactly go as expected. At Fratton Park, Scarlett was only able to score a few goals. Therefore, it is probably accurate to state that he was unable to build a claim for a spot in the Spurs team for the upcoming season.

Postecoglou might opt to provide many blank checks this summer, though. Therefore, it’s possible that Scarlett won’t go out on loan once more.

The young player is identified by Football London as a member of Postecoglou’s coaching staff when preseason training gets underway. He therefore appears to have the opportunity to make an impression.

Of course, it will be challenging for any striker to succeed at Tottenham. Last season was one of Harry Kane’s best yet. And Spurs will exert every effort to keep him.

That makes it extremely difficult for some of the younger players to knock on the door. However, it also makes it more difficult for Tottenham to sign a striker to provide as cover.

So, if Scarlett can make a good first impression in preseason, Postecoglou might have something to ponder.

He very certainly has the capacity to have that effect. His ‘amazing’ description by Jose Mourinho is well known. The entry of Postecoglou might prove to be the pivotal event.

 

Spurs: Micky van de Ven could copy De Bruyne success

The Lilywhites could seek to emulate the success a rival had with one signing…

Tottenham Hotspur seem to be closing in on yet another fine addition to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s team…

What’s the latest on Micky van de Ven to Tottenham Hotspur?

That’s according to The Mirror’s John Cross, who took to his Twitter to detail an update on their pursuit of Micky van de Ven.

The Dutch defender has been linked with a north London switch for a few weeks now, but only yesterday was a breakthrough seemingly reached.

Writing on Twitter, the journalist detailed the specifics: “Tottenham are set to sign Wolfsburg defender Micky van de Ven in a £30m deal.”

How good is Micky van de Ven?

Although a relative unknown the 22-year-old has been a stalwart for Wolfsburg recently. In tempting this star from such a club, perhaps they will also mimic Manchester City’s success when they acquired Kevin De Bruyne from the German outfit.

Having just won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League within one season, Pep Guardiola has once again written himself into the history books as a record-breaking manager who has completed a feat only done in England once before.

At the heart of that success was the Belgian creator, who has been an integral cog of the vast success earned at the Etihad in recent years.

Across all competitions last term he posted ten goals and a further 31 assists, adding even more silverware to his already sprawling cabinet. The 32-year-old has now won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, five EFL Cups and that coveted European trophy too since moving.

It might seem unfathomable for anyone to match such success, but Postecoglou will surely have grand ambitions of forging a dynasty of his own in north London.

Van de Ven might serve as the foundation upon which this success could be achieved, serving as a defensive pillar with all the necessary qualities to keep the Australian back line in check for the ensuing ten years.

His 6.85 average rating from the previous season in the Bundesliga was supported by his 88% pass accuracy, 70% dribbling success rate, 1.4 tackles, and 3.1 clearances per game, according to Sofascore.

According to the latter statistic, he would have been the third-best player in that position on the Spurs team, and his pass completion rate would have placed him joint third among players who had participated in more than five games.

However, it is not merely his technical assets that would allow him to shine. His physical attributes make him something of an anomaly, as despite standing at 6 foot 4 he also boasts frightening speed.

The general director for sport at Wolfsburg, Marcel Schäfer, attempted to explain this: “Left foot, extremely fast, plays every second. Throughout the season, Micky has routinely delivered excellent performances. He is a player with great promise, and this season in particular he has developed immensely, bringing attention to himself with his performances.

This young defender has a promising future, and possibly a move to England under a coach who could catapult his career will only strengthen the strong foundations of this future superstar.

Even if he only achieves half of De Bruyne’s success in Manchester since joining from Wolfsburg, he would be regarded as a huge success in north London.

 

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