David Webb: Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott is wanted by Leeds and Tottenham
Former respected coach and scout David Webb has claimed that Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Bristol City youngster Alex Scott.
The 18-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the Robins featuring in 38 Championship games scoring four times and assisting twice.
Webb, who has worked at eleven clubs across Europe has suggested Leeds and Tottenham have already looked at the midfielder.
He told The Athletic on Sunday 12 June: “People recognise that he’s a player on the rise.
“Leeds have been looking at him.
However, Webb believes the midfielder would be better moving to a developing club: “It might be to his advantage to be at a good developing club.
“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 ingrained.”
Too often we hear of younger players being signed by big clubs and then never making it into the first team.
Scott has enjoyed precious commodity in regular first-team football, which is absolutely vital for young players when they’re still developing and learning their craft.
If a big club does come in for the 18-year-old then a loan back out to Bristol City or another Championship club would be the most viable option.
If Scott goes to Spurs, for example, it is crucial that he doesn’t end up stuck in their under-23 system.
Leeds would be a better move for Scott with the Whites having a history of developing younger players and giving them a chance in the first team.
Joe Gelhardt and Lewis Bate are two success stories from Elland Road in recent years.
If Scott does move he must make a sensible decision that will see his development fulfilled to its potential.
In other Leeds United news, Derby County’s Malcolm Ebiowei is piquing the interest of the Whites.