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West Ham United Are Showing Interest In This Championship Midfielder: Should Moyes Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge stated that West Ham United are showing interest in Bristol City midfielder Alex Scott this summer. Bridge said,

“David Moyes, whatever fans think about him, is a very savvy manager, and the whole club will have known that this is happening, and they will have planned for it for some time.

“So, the names I’ve been given, alongside my colleagues, are Denis Zakaria at Juventus, Joao Palhinha at Fulham, who I think is a fantastic midfielder, and Alex Scott from Bristol City. Several Premier League clubs have watched him.

“I think they’re the three names that have been out there. I’ve pretty much had the thumbs up that they are the three they like.”

Scott’s Impressive Form In The Championship Last Season

Scott enjoyed an impressive campaign with Bristol City last season when he was responsible for producing a series of influential displays for them at the centre of the park. The 19-year-old has registered six goals and seven assists in 91 senior appearances for the English outfit thus far across various competitions.

The talented teenager caught the eye with his performances at the heart of Bristol’s midfield as he averaged 1.8 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 0.7 clearances, 0.8 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per 90 minutes in the English Championship. He was also accurate when distributing the ball going forward based on his pass completion rate of 82.6% in the second tier of English football (stats via whoscored).

Alex Scott
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 12: Alex Scott of Bristol City is challenged by Daniel Johnson of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship between Bristol City and Preston North End at Ashton Gate on October 12, 2022 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Should West Ham United Snap Alex Scott Up This Summer?

Scott can do a little bit of everything in midfield. He is a good tackler of the ball and usually clears the danger when needed. The English talent can even score and create his fair share of goals in the final third. He usually functions as a box-to-box midfielder but can also play as a right-sided wide player if asked to do so.

Scott has the potential to become a future star in English football. Thus, it makes sense for West Ham boss David Moyes to snap him up during this summer transfer window.

Scott is already good enough to challenge for a regular starting spot at the London Stadium next season. Plus, he would serve as an ideal, long-term replacement for Declan Rice at the East London club.

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