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“Needs to be faster”: Nuno says one Tottenham player takes too long on the ball


Nuno has suggested that Tottenham Hotspur youngster Dane Scarlett needs to learn to speed up his decision making process, through his comments to Football London.

The 17-year-old striker is arguably the most exciting youngster in Tottenham’s youth academy right now.

He was given his first ever start for the club despite his tender years last night, as Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Pacos De Ferreira.

In truth Scarlett was fairly quiet, but he was given limited service.

And Nuno feels that for the teenager to take the next step he needs to start being much quicker in possession.

“He’s young,” Nuno said. “He’s very young. He has talent. As a team we should have made more chances for him, we didn’t finish the actions, we didn’t make too many offensive situations for him to be able to even shoot on goal. That’s our responsibility.”

“For Dane, it was good. The point when he realises he’s playing and he has to leave the game, he has to be faster on his decisions and his movement. With tough centre-halves on his back its difficult. So there’s things we have to improve and we’ll work on it. We honestly believe there’s a lot of potential there and we have to develop and improve it.”

The good news for Scarlett is that he has plenty of time on his side.

Scarlett can hardly be expected to be ripping apart defences at his tender age, and he will continue to develop in training and with under-23 minutes.

Last night’s game will have been a steep learning curve for the striker.

But he should receive more game time as this campaign progresses, and it will be very interesting to see how he develops with more first-team experience under his belt.

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