For a long time now American Chelsea supporters have dreamed of an American good enough to play for Chelsea and that dream might finally come true with midfielder Kyle Scott.
Scott’s mom is American while his dad is British. As a result, Scott has dual citizenship and has been capped for both the American u15 as well as the English u16 squads. Scott suffered an unfortunate setback when he broke his leg in a u16s fixture against Fulham in February just a few weeks after earning that cap for England.
Scott underwent surgery a few days ago and expects to be back on the pitch by July. American scouts have taken notice of Scott and there are growing concerns that he might be the next Giuseppe Rossi, a Manchester United academy star who chose to play for Italy despite being born in New Jersey.
Scott’s career began at Southampton where he was spotted by Chelsea scouts at the age of 10. Ever since he has been working his way through the age groups and is currently playing for Chelsea’s u16s. He is considered one of the best midfielders for his age group but has not yet made his u18 debut, with the stunning midfield duo of Charlie Colkett and Jeremie Boga proving to be on a completely different level (as well as Belgian starlet Charly Musonda). Scott idolizes Frank Lampard and plays a similar role to what Frank did under Mourinho. He was given the “10 shirt” for the US as well.
A lot of Scott’s future will depend on how well he recovers from his injury. Even if he never makes it to Chelsea’s first team, he could become the best American to ever play for Chelsea. I fully expect that he will become a regular on Chelsea’s u18 team when players like Starkey and Swift turn 18 (and Colkett and Boga begin playing fewer academy fixtures).
It’s too soon to tell exactly where we should expect Scott to be in three to five years but he is arguably the best hope American Chelsea supporters have for seeing one of their own playing on the first team. Regardless of whether he plays with Chelsea in the future, he will be playing some big matches in his upcoming future. Maybe for England, maybe for America.