Alasdair Gold: Spurs eyeing “tremendous" talent, he could do what Dele Alli couldn’t - opinion
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott recently and the 18-year-old could go on to surpass Dele Alli’s legacy at the north London club.
Football.London correspondent Alasdair Gold revealed in a recent Q&A session with fans that:
“Spurs will have to start building their homegrown numbers up for the long-term because they have let Alli, Carter-Vickers, Clarke, Etete, Rodon (for the Premier League) and eventually will see Winks go, and in the short-term, both Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett have left on loan.
“As for Alex Scott, he’s a player Spurs have scouted heavily and spoken about and the 18-year-old has got a fair bit of interest in him at the moment.”
The teenage midfielder has already made 45 appearances for the Robins, in which he has contributed four goals and two assists, so it is no surprise that teams from the top flight are taking an interest.
Spurs have a history of signing young English attacking midfielders from the lower divisions, as Alli was once renowned as one of the top prospects in world football.
After joining from MK Dons, the Englishman contributed 66 goals and 60 assists in 268 appearances for Spurs. However, his form in recent seasons dropped significantly, with the 25-year-old never able to rediscover his performances from the 2016/17 season, when he managed 18 goals and seven assists in the Premier League.
However, if Scott’s former manager Tony Vance is to be believed, then Scott should have no trouble adjusting to the demands of the Premier League and has an extremely bright future ahead of him.
He said: “He’s got all the right attributes in terms of nothing fazes him. He delivers at whatever level you play him at. We put him in as a very young 16-year-old at our level of football and then we couldn’t leave him out of the team, to be honest.
“He’s got tremendous balance when he moves. He can float around the football pitch. He’s looking like a no.10-type player but things can change.”
While it would be bold to suggest that Scott could have an immediate influence as Alli did, he looks to be a top prospect, and if he can maintain a good attitude and work rate, there seems no reason why he couldn’t surpass the Everton man’s legacy at Spurs.