After a dozen years in the Chelsea youth and loan system, following his arrival from Southampton at the age of 9, USA youth international Kyle Scott left the club this summer. Today, the 21-year-old signed with Newcastle United, where he will be hoping to receive more opportunities to make an impact at senior level than he ever did with Chelsea.
“I’m really excited. Newcastle is a massive club with massive history, but for young kids there is an opportunity – you see that with (Sean) Longstaff and what he did last year, and it’s a good opportunity for me.
“Newcastle are in the Premier League, and a massive club. You look at the kind of players that have come through here and how much opportunity they have got, and I feel like at this place they do give it as long as you’re working hard and playing well.”
-Kyle Scott; source: Newcastle United FC
Longstaff, also 21, made 11 appearances for Newcastle last season after spending two years out on loan, which is precisely what Scott was up to last year, with a season spent in the Dutch second division with Telstar. Not exactly the most glamorous of loans, but Scott was part of the Chelsea first-team squad for much of the preceding season, although he only made 1 appearance, in the 4-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Hull City, in addition to 6 bench appearances.
Due to his limited number of minutes over the past couple years, it’s tough to tell just how good young Kyle may or may not be, but hopefully he will indeed get the opportunities he needs up north.
Good luck, Kyle!