Leeds United and Tottenham are among clubs keen to sign Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott, according to recruitment expert David Webb.
Scott, 18, was a mainstay in the Bristol City side who finished 17th in the 2021/22 Championship despite his young age, playing 38 times and scoring four goals in the second tier.
Webb, who has held recruiting roles at 11 different clubs across Europe and was most recently in charge of football operations at Huddersfield, says Leeds are eyeing Scott, but a move to Elland Road may not be entirely beneficial for the teenager born in Guernsey.
“People recognize he’s a growing player,” Webb said. Athleticism (June 12).
“Leeds looked at it. Tottenham too. But if he has to leave, then surely he has to move somewhere where he can come in and play.
“It could be to his advantage to be at a good developing club – a Brighton, Southampton, Fulham or Bournemouth – where he will be integrated into the first-team setup through training and, initially , alternate appearances, and stand a chance of getting regular involvement once fully rooted.
“He could be lost in the Under-23 setup of a bigger club.”
Webb added: “Scott’s instincts are all about the future. He started as a No. 10 or a progressive No. 8 and is technically adept.
“Yet he is so physically and athletically strong that manager Nigel Pearson used him as a right-back to give the team that up and down flank drive, that pure power and energy.
“The kid likes tackles and bookings too. This aggressiveness and competitive drive actually sets him apart, and he seems eager to take on more responsibility.
In the first team
If Scott were to join Leeds, we doubt he would be an Under-23 player.
If you look at last season’s Leeds squad, players like Lewis Bate, Crysenscio Summerville and Archie Gray were all regularly entering the matchday squad and even getting game time.
The depth of Leeds’ options in midfield is very low and although Brenden Aaronson has been brought in, there is still room to add to Jesse Marsch’s engine room.
Scott can play anywhere in the center of midfield, as a number eight or number 10, while he also played as a right-back for Bristol City.
He’s versatile and for £10million (Mirror, April 23, page nine), Leeds might as well try to sign a highly rated young player.
And if Los Blancos don’t feel like they can fit Scott into the squad for the 2022/23 season, they could agree to loan him out to Bristol City for a year.
Webb thinks 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, Los Blancos are close to signing another new signing for Marsch’s senior side.