Blades track new name from Scotland as English take notice
Sheffield United are among a clutch of Premier League and Championship clubs monitoring Motherwell's teenage targetman James Scott.
TeamTalk report that the Blades have watched the 19-year-old forward in action this season, but fellow Premier League clubs Bournemouth, Everton and Southampton have also tracked him.
And the interest from south of the border doesn’t end there, with Championship duo Bristol City and Barnsley plus League One side Sunderland also following him closely.
The 6ft 2in tall Scott is primarily a centre-forward but has also been deployed as a right-sided attacker this season. He has already scored three times for Well this term although they all came in the League Cup against lower-league opposition.
The Fir Park side are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and although Scott has not yet scored a league goal, he has been a massive part of their success this season.
Well manager Stephen Robinson predicted earlier this month that the exciting teenage prospect will make the club “a lot of money” when they eventually decide to cash in.
Asked about Scott’s potential, Robinson replied: “Huge, I’ve been his biggest fan since I came to the club.
“He’s got so much talent, he can go past people, he’s exciting and he’s another of our young players that I think we’ll make a lot of money on.”
Motherwell secured the short-term future of Scott in February by tying him to a new deal which will run until 2022. However, that won’t deter the English clubs if they sense he has the ability to make an impact down south.
The Blades have successfully plundered Scotland for talent in recent years, with Mark McNulty (from Livingston 2014) and Ben Heneghan (from Motherwell 2017) joining directly from the Premiership, while Scottish trio John Fleck, Paul Coutts and Oli McBurnie came from English and Welsh clubs.
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