Alasdair Gold has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have been watching Bristol City starlet Alex Scott closely of late.
Scott, who graduated through Bristol’s academy and made his senior debut for the club towards the end of the 2020/21 campaign, established himself as a regular in Nigel Pearson’s starting eleven last season.
The versatile attacking midfielder, who has also been employed wide on the right, managed six goal contributions in 38 Championship appearances across the last campaign (Transfermarkt).
Football Insider claimed back in May that Spurs were ‘compiling a dossier’ on the 18-year-old before deciding whether to push ahead with a formal offer for him.
The report stated that former Spurs manager David Pleat, who is used as a sounding board by Daniel Levy on young players in the EFL, was checking out Scott’s character and background through his contacts.
Gold has now revealed that Spurs have discussed a move for the Bristol youngster but added that the Lilywhites are not the only club interested in the midfielder.
The journalist was on a Q&A on Football London, ‘Do you see the club going for any young homegrown talent (e.g. Alex Scott) in moves like the Udogie one?’
Gold replied: “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.
“Djed Spence has come through the door but the club will want to boost their numbers going forward, although they may be ok for their registered limits this season which requires club trained and locally trained in the Champions League, depending on what happens with Harvey White.
“Ultimately, younger academy players can bump up those numbers registered but you’d prefer Premier League ready players so I think they have to make moves for homegrown players, whether it’s in this window or the coming ones.
“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.”
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Given that Paratici is trying to overhaul the club’s youth system, I suspect we will see Spurs signing a lot of young talent from the EFL over the next couple of years. The challenge for the North London club would be in convincing the youngsters that there is a realistic pathway to the first team.
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