Leeds United and Tottenham in hot pursuit of Bristol City sensation Alex Scott - recruitment expert
Leeds United and Tottenham are among the clubs keen to sign Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott, according to recruitment expert David Webb.
Scott, 18, was a mainstay of the Bristol City side that finished 17th in the 2021/22 Championship despite his tender age, playing 38 times and scoring four goals in the second-tier.
Webb, who’s had recruitment jobs at 11 different clubs across Europe and has recently been head of football operations at Huddersfield, says Leeds are eyeing up Scott but a move to Elland Road might not be entirely beneficial to the Guernsey-born teen.
“People recognise that he’s a player on the rise,” Webb told The Athletic (12 June).
“Leeds have been looking at him. Tottenham, too. But if he is going to leave, then he surely has to move somewhere he’ll be able to come in and play.
“It might be to his advantage to be at a good developing club — a Brighton, Southampton, Fulham or Bournemouth — where he’ll be integrated into the first-team set-up through training and, initially, substitute appearances, and stand a chance of gaining some regular involvement once fully engrained.
“He might be lost in a bigger club’s under-23s set-up.”
Webb added: “Scott’s instincts are all forward-thinking. He started as a No 10 or as a progressive No 8 and is technically adept.
“Yet he is so physically strong and athletic that manager Nigel Pearson used him as a right wing-back to give the team that dynamism up and down the flank, that pure power and energy.
“The kid likes a tackle, and a booking, too. That aggression and willingness to compete actually marks him out, and he seems eager to take on more responsibility.
In the first team
If Scott was to join Leeds, we doubt that he’d be an Under-23s player.
If you look at the Leeds squad from last season, players like Lewis Bate, Crysenscio Summerville and Archie Gray were all regularly getting in the matchday squad and even getting game-time.
Leeds’ depth of options in the midfield is very shallow and while Brenden Aaronson has been brought in, there’s still room to add to Jesse Marsch’s engine room.
Scott can play anywhere in the centre of the midfield, as a number eight or a number 10 while he’s also played as a right wing-back for Bristol City.
And if the Whites don’t feel as though they can fit Scott into the side for the 2022/23 season, they could agree to loan him back to Bristol City for a year.
Webb feels that a team like Brighton or Fulham would be better for Scott – but we don’t see why a move to Leeds wouldn’t be a good move for the Channel Islands-born ace.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are on the verge of another new signing for Marsch’s senior side.