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51.7% offensive duel success: The Bristol City player with Tottenham, Leeds and Norwich in pursuit



There are a number of exciting young players coming through at Bristol City but 18-year-old Alex Scott is surely the jewel in the crown. 

Tipped to be a future England player by usually pragmatic boss Nigel Pearson, the teenager’s rise has been one of the clear positives for the Robins in the Championship this term.

The player fans call the ‘Guernsey Grealish’ had just three appearances under his belt ahead of the 2021/22 campaign but is now one of the first names on the teamsheet and has proven his huge potential in a variety of roles.

Often utilised as a right wing-back in the absence of other options, Scott has also looked like a player with experience beyond his years in a deeper central midfield role while many feel his best position is in attacking midfield.

His emergence has brought with it links to the Premier League, with Football League World revealing this week that Norwich City have joined Leeds United and Tottenham in the race for the City player.

A potential £10 million fee has been touted and with the summer window looming, we’ve used Wyscout to take a deeper look at the numbers amid the reported interest from the top flight.

Scott has played 40 times for the Robins in total, totalling 3,087 minutes and adding four goals and one assist.

Those numbers aren’t massive but considering he is just cutting his teeth in the Championship and that a large part of the last year or so has been played at either right wing-back or in holding midfield, it’s an impressive start to the 18-year-old’s senior career.

The teenager’s forays into the penalty area have been fairly rare, as his 1.08 touches in the opposition box per 90 illustrate, but he has made the most of the opportunities available to him – hitting the target with 40.9% of the 22 shots (0.64 per 90) he has taken and outscoring his expected goal (xG) figure of 3.19.

Though he is still growing, the 18-year-old has not looked out of place despite the physicality of the Championship and that is clear from his offensive duel success rate (51.7% of 7.9 per 90) while his average of 2.27 fouls suffered per 90 highlight that he knows how to win free kicks – one of a number of reasons he’s drawn comparisons with Jack Grealish.

Scott is confident with the ball at his feet as well, averaging 3.64 dribbles (51.2% success) and 0.79 progressive runs per 90.

He has an eye for a pass and looks after possession fairly well (76.3% pass success) but will hope to improve his numbers when it comes to assists (0.03 per 90) and shot assists (0.82 per 90) moving forward.

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Defensively, the City man’s work rate and industry has been hugely impressive this term and he’s certainly not afraid of getting stuck in, which his nine yellow cards this season are evidence of.

He’s won 58.8% of his 8.08 defensive duels per 90 as well as 42.6% of his 3.97 loose ball duels and 33.3% of his 2.62 in the air while he averages 4.9 interceptions and 6.91 ball recoveries per game.

Scott’s statistics from his first 40 games in senior football are not groundbreaking but they are impressive given the range of different roles he’s had to play in a side that has struggled.

You only have to watch the midfielder to know that he’s bound for big things but whether the next steps on that journey are made at Ashton Gate remains to be seen.

London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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