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Spurs: Conte would ruin Alex Scott like Djed Spence

Tottenham Hotspur could dip back into the Championship for their next signing this month.

According to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, the Lilywhites are one of several top-flight teams taking a keen look at teenage Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott.

“Told there is a realistic possibility of a sale in January but price an issue. Bristol City want £12m. Bournemouth, Wolves, Leicester, Leeds, Brighton & Spurs all tracking Scott,” he tweeted.

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The 19-year-old gem has been on Spurs’ radar for quite some time after football.london journalist Alasdair Gold revealed their interest in him during the summer transfer window, whilst also providing some information about him.

“There’s a young midfielder from the Championship that I know they really like – Alex Scott, an 18-year-old who plays for Bristol City,” he said. “He primarily plays as a right midfielder but he can also play through the centre. He’s played 38 times last season, scored four and got two assists.”

However, despite his obvious potential – considering he’s started the joint-most league games of any Robins player this term – it would surely be a poor career move for him to swap Ashton Gate for north London.

Bristol City’s “prized asset” is also leading the team for assists (four) and has been dubbed the ‘Guernsey Grealish’, which bodes well for his potential attacking contribution in a side severely lacking from creativity.

But you can’t help but feel that this would be another ‘club signing’ rather than one requested by manager Antonio Conte.

The Italian head coach made it very clear that right wing-back Djed Spence wasn’t his target after sporting director Fabio Paratici and chairman Daniel Levy sanctioned a £20m deal for him in the summer.

Since then, the 22-year-old hasn’t started any of his six appearances – totalling just 41 minutes of game time – with the inconsistent and unreliable Emerson Royal as well as Matt Doherty preferred to him.

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Scott – once dubbed “unbelievable” by City coach Brian Tinnion – would be thrown into an already overcrowded engine room, where he would have to battle starters Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur, their backups in Yves Bissouma and Oliver Skipp, and other young talents in Pape Matar Sarr and Alfie Devine.

Not to mention the point Conte would make by not playing someone he likely didn’t want in the first place, as we’ve seen with Spence.

Therefore, Paratici must avoid repeating this scenario as the Italian could well ruin “midfield maestro” Scott in the long run, given what we’ve seen with the former Middlesbrough star and especially considering his £12m price tag.

AND in other news, Spurs “want” to sign a player “in a similar way to Kulusevski”, Conte badly needs him