Wolves have been credited with an interest in Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott recently and the Englishman could be an ideal replacement for Matheus Nunes should he depart Molineux in 2023.
According to The Telegraph in late December, Julen Lopetegui‘s side are one of several Premier League teams to be keen on the 19-year-old midfielder, who has established himself as a mainstay at Ashton Gate across the last two seasons.
The report claims that Scott would only set Wolves back £10m this month, which could prove to be a bargain for Julen Lopetegui if he can continue his fine form with the Robins at a higher level with the Old Gold.
Despite being so young, the England U20 international has already made 70 first-team appearances for Bristol City, in which he has contributed four goals and seven assists, which includes five assists in the second tier already this season.
Considering no player in Wolves’ squad has more than one assist in the Premier League so far this term, it seems clear that creativity is something which Lopetegui’s side currently lacks, so Scott could be a precious addition in their fight against relegation back to the Championship.
Teammate Andy King was full of praise for Scott’s ability and potential in a video released by Bristol City earlier this year.
He said: “I think I went on record last year and said that he was probably the best 17-year-old I have played with.
“When you look at some of the players who I’ve had the privilege of playing with, you look at Ben Chilwell, Harvey Barnes, people like that who have gone on to play for England, I saw them at 17/18 and I think certainly, at 17, Scotty was ahead of those.
“He can go as far as he wants because he’s got a mature head on his shoulders and all the talent in the world.”
Lopetegui may soon be in need of a new creative midfielder, as recent reports have claimed that Liverpool are keen to reignite their interest in Nunes having lost out on him during the summer, despite the Portuguese maestro’s less than impressive start to life at Molineux.
The former Sporting Lisbon man has no goals and just one assist to his name in the Premier League, with WhoScored awarding him a disappointing 6.45 average rating for his performances.
WhoScored suggests that both Scott and Nunes like to dribble, which is emphasised in them both averaging 0.8 dribbles per game in their league appearances this term. That certainly suggests that the young Englishman could perform a similar role in Lopetegui’s midfield.
If the Old Gold do cut their losses on Nunes this year, then Scott could be an excellent heir, considering he is just 19 and already has plenty of experience in English football, so he may well find the transition easier than Wolves’ record-signing.
Therefore, Lopetegui should definitely look at bringing the Bristol City wonderkid to the Premier League in this month’s transfer window.