West Ham have entered the race to sign one of Scotland’s hottest prospects…
According to The Athletic’s Adam Leventhal, the Irons have shown an interest in young Hibernian left-back Josh Doig, who is also wanted by Premier League newcomers Watford and Championship outfit Nottingham Forest.
In the past, some bigger names have been mooted, including Manchester City, Leeds United and Celtic, as per The Scottish Sun. They also suggested back in April this year that he would be available for just £1.5m, which could represent serious value.
That is because some in Scotland view him as the next big thing. Following in the footsteps of Andrew Robertson and Kieran Tierney, the 19-year-old gem is the latest full-back to impress north of the border.
Former Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas waxed lyrical about the teenager’s potential, saying: “If I was Ange Postecoglou I would be trying to sign Josh Doig because he could become the next Kieran Tierney,”
The one-time Arsenal striker added: “I think Doig has great potential and could flourish into a real Tierney type. If it was to take £3m or £4m, then why not pay it? He would have a future sell-on and is one of the best young players in the country.”
Doig contributed to four goals from 22 league starts last season and displayed his defensive ability to good effect, averaging 1.3 aerials won, 1.7 tackles and 1.3 clearances per match, via WhoScored.
Former Premier League defender Alan Hutton is another who has been impressed by the teenage talent, claiming to Football Insider that Doig was “aggressive” and had a “great engine.”
Furthermore, former Celtic assistant John Collins believes the 19-year-old has shown “enormous potential” since making the breakthrough at Easter Road.
Irons manager David Moyes may well already have a solid option at left-back in Aaron Cresswell but there can be no harm in finding his long-term successor, one who could provide genuine competition for his spot as well.
In Doig, the fellow Scot could well find the next Tierney, and for a bargain price, it would surely be a no-brainer.