Newcastle United are being linked with Scottish youngster, Ryan Gauld, currently plying his trade in the Scottish Premiership for Dundee United.
The attacking midfielder, just 17 years of age, has already played 23 times for The Tangerines, scoring five goals. That includes 4 in 12 so far this season.
Having cemented his place in the first team for Dundee this season, he certainly hasn’t gone unnoticed by other clubs, with Spanish heavyweights, Real Madrid, having scouted him on a number of occasions.
Standing at just 5ft 5in, he has been dubbed the ‘Scottish Messi’. We already have the French Messi so I’m sure he’d fit right in.
His impressive form for club has rightly led to a recent Scotland U21 call. Making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Georgia last week, he was reportedly watched by scouts from Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton as he played out the full 90.
Gauld is not the only Dundee United youngster making waves. Teammate, John Souttar, thankfully turned down the hopeless pit of Sunderland last month after a bid of £600,000 was accepted by the club, and it’s believed Gauld may be thinking the same thing.
Both products of talent spotter, Alex Robertson, who snapped them up from Brechin Boys Club a few years ago, they’re held in very high regard by Scotland management and have been earmarked as potential near-future call-ups.
Whether Newcastle would be able to persuade Gauld to cross borders to ply his trade in England is another question, but it’s good to see the club being linked with young British talent. We could certianly do with a few more homegrown players, after all!
Can any of our Scottish readers vouch for his talent and reputation? Would he be worth pursuing?