Alex Scott - from Beaucamps to Bournemouth
Bournemouth believe have landed ‘one of the most exciting young players in Europe’ in Alex Scott.
The Guernsey teenager, who turns 20 in nine days’ time, joined the Premier League outfit from Bristol City on Thursday for a fee reportedly worth up to £25million.
‘He’s a player that has vast experience at such a young age with strong technical ability and a really good footballing brain,’ said club chief executive Neill Blake.
‘Alex will be an excellent fit in our system and we’re excited to see him continue to develop under Andoni’s [Iraola] management.’
The news that the former St Martin’s and Guernsey FC midfielder had reached the Premier League has been met with delight in his home island.
Guernsey Press sports reporter Harry Jones, who played alongside Scott in some of the island’s development teams, and produced a documentary on his path to professional football, was confident that he would adapt to Premier League football quickly.
‘Every level he’s played at he’s thrived, be it Priaulx, GFC, Bristol’s academy or their first team. He’s always been the best player in every team he’s been a part of and it wouldn’t surprise me if that continued at Bournemouth,’ he said.
Steve Hutchison was Scott’s PE teacher when he was a pupil at St Martin’s primary school.
‘In my 26 years of teaching I’ve only had three or four pupils who have had genuinely special talents, and he was one of them. He was very skilful and punched above his weight as he was quite small back then.'
‘His heart was only ever set on football, he never wanted to play any other sports.'
‘You always hope that talented players like that can go as far as possible, but he’s done very well to make it as far as he has. He’s got the appetite and the ability for it.’
Jack White played alongside Scott at Les Beaucamps and briefly in club football at St Martin’s. He said his former schoolmate had always been humble.
‘He knew he was the best player but he was never cocky about it.'
‘I remember us both playing for Beaucamps against Elizabeth College in the Spiller Cup final when we were in Year 11. I scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 win but he still got man of the match. I feel like he stole it off me.’