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Scholes like Scott

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England’s Championship has been home to many future talents. Most of them have been of English nationality, although there have been many foreign products as well that have stamped their authority. Many of them have gone on to make big money transfers to Premier League clubs or even overseas clubs.

With a season that spans through ten gruesome months and a total of forty-six games, the English Football League Championship is undoubtedly one of the most physically and mentally demanding competitions in all of football. Whilst a select number of clubs aim to fight it out for promotion into the Premier League, others simply try to hold their own in the second tier. The latter has been the case for Bristol City, who have now been in the league for six consecutive seasons

Youngsters such as Levi Colwill, Djed Spence and Malcolm Ebiowei have excelled in the Championship before making the step up to clubs in the top tier. Now, there is a new name being cast into the limelight.

Nigel Pearson was the man to give Alex Scott his debut when he was just 16, in 2021. After just a couple of appearances from the bench, the teenager was already a force to be reckoned with in the midfield, and also won the U19 Euros with England.

Sir Alex Ferguson was always a preacher of giving young players a chance, because like he had mentioned sveral times in his career – If you’re good enough, you’re old enough. With that ebing said, Pep Guardiola has earmarked Alex Scott as his next transfer target and manchester City will do everything in their power to land the talented midfielder.


Playing career so far

Hailing from Guernsey, while this certainly isn’t a new comparison by any stretch of the imagination, Alex Scott is regularly likened to former Manchester United midfielder and legend Paul Scholes, when describing his style of play.

In fact, one could argue that at such a young age, Scott is already exceeding expectations compared to Scholes at that age, albeit with a smaller club. But the development isn’t linear so it’s difficult to tell whether the teenager will reach the heights of a Scholes or not.

At 16 and now out of school, Scott signed for Guernsey FC, becoming the youngest-ever player to represent the side on August 31st 2019 against Phoenix Sports.

After making his debut off the bench in April 2021, Scott has become the first player to be named in the Bristol City lineup under Nigel Pearson. In the 2022/23 season he had featured 38 times so far, producing half a dozen assists. He caught the eye of Bristol scouts as a 16-year-old playing for Guernsey, following unsuccessful spells as a kid with Southampton and Bournemouth. From there it has been a steady development through the ranks at Ashton Gate and through the England age groups.

In the next couple of months he continued to make steady progress in the first team, being eased into senior football by former Leicester manager, Nigel Pearson. Now a fully-fledged member of the squad, Alex is starting to turn heads and gain the recognition his performances so duly deserve.


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Alex Scott stats

In the 2022/23 season, Scott averaged 4.8 ball recoveries per 90 with more than 55% of them coming in the opposition’s half of the pitch. The action-packed orchestrator ranked among the top 10 players for defensive duel won.

This shows his high tenacity at the age of just 19. With an eye for a killer pass, the teenager ranked in the top eight players for forward passes per 90.


Alex Scott scout report

Scott excels in several different positions. In the 2021/22 season, Pearson primarily used the 19-year-old as a right wing-back. This can be quite common with young players. Often, they are shoehorned into wider positions instead of being cast into the deep end in the core of the team. This season, Scott has had the manager’s full trust in the middle of the park, being employed as Bristol’s pivot midfielder, one of the most vital positions in the team, at just 19.

Bristol press high up the pitch as Pearson looks to adopt somewhat of a man-oriented pressing scheme, particularly against a side using one pivot midfielder. Quite often, Scott is instructed to keep tight to the single pivot to block or intrude on the passing lane into the player.

He is excellent at getting involved in combination play, especially in the final third which allows his side to break through the opponent’s defensive block and potentially put a cross into the penalty area. One of the reasons for this is because Scott has a tendency to play a lot of one-touch passes upon reception of the ball, often laying it off to supporting players which quickens up the play.


What makes him special

One of the key reasons behind his exponential rise at Bristol, alongside his obvious quality, is his versatility. During his near-18-month spell in the first team, Scott has been used in a variety of positions, making him a very reliable squad player.

Not only this, but Scott also knows when he needs to stop man-marking a player and use his head to look at other forms of defending. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to understand exactly what is required from him in each different role within the team’s structure. If Scott plays as a ‘10’, he drifts into pockets of space all over the pitch. If used in a deeper role, he sits behind the play, looking to play line-breaking passes.

This season he has already played several roles for Pearson’s men. Although still at an age where his best position is yet to be determined, the early signs indicate that he’s effective in every third of the pitch. As far as attributes go, Alex’s on-the-ball ability is exceptional, with his technique standing out as he is very confident in his own skill set.


Alex Scott potential & transfer news

Scott is still very rough around the edges, but even at 18, in such a difficult league like the EFL Championship, he sticks out like a sore thumb on the pitch for his quality. When watching him play, you see a player without fear, but with real maturity in his game, hence why Pearson has made the teenager a first-team regular.

With still much to learn and improve on, the young man nicknamed the Guernsey Grealish, has taken massive strides towards fulfilling his limitless potential in the last 12-18 months and as stated earlier could very well soon be on the move into a Premier League squad in the near future.

Nevertheless, at 18, there may still be a slight bit of room for him to grow even further in terms of his height and peak muscle mass, although the key words there are ‘may’ and ‘slight’.

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Saumy Deepak Tripathi
A Bayern Munich fan who is deeply in love with football statistics. Has a soft spot for goalkeepers! (well only he knows why). You’ll find him vibing on 70’s classic songs and spends an abnormal amount of time cooking.

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