Scott is City’s best hope in a decade

ALEX SCOTT is being tipped as Bristol City’s best prospect in a decade.

Alex Scott. (Picture by JMP UK)
Alex Scott. (Picture by JMP UK)

Bristol Live, the news outlet that covers the club, continue to rave about the young Guernseyman’s impact, even though he is currently playing as a wing-back and not in his favoured roles.

‘It is right to have conversations about how high Scott’s ceiling is,’ said the online paper’s Robins correspondent James Piercy.

‘Consider any City prospect of the last five, 10 or whatever years and where they were at that age at that specific stage of their career, chances are they weren’t at his level,’ wrote the journalist after his goal settled the game with Derby County.

Piercy added: ‘... we are barely scratching the surface here, and he’s not even playing in his right position.

‘In fact he’s not even operating in a position similar to his best role, which common wisdom dictates is either as a No. 10 or a goalscoring No.8 – the possibilities and eventualities remain excitedly open.’

Tony Vance at GFC and Leon Meakin at St Martin’s saw him as a forward player and with England U19s he is a midfielder.

‘Right wing-back is a huge departure from playing as an offensive central midfielder but Scott has settled astonishingly well for a senior pro, let alone someone who turned 18 in August and only signed his first major deal in March,’ wrote Piercy, who believes his biggest strength as a footballer is being a player of high football IQ.

‘Playing at wing-back requires more than just the ability to get up and down over the course of a game – and that’s his third straight game where he’s completed 90 minutes – positioning is absolutely crucial, as is the knowledge of when to make a move in line with the defence, midfield or attack.

He added: ‘If anything, Scott is playing slightly within himself in an attacking sense. He doesn’t get forward that much in the role he is playing, certainly not at the same level of O’Dowda. But that also feeds into his intelligence; it would be natural for him to concentrate on the attacking aspects of being a wing-back but that is likely to be detrimental to the collective defensive effort by leaving too much space in behind, therefore he picks his moments carefully.’

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