The Premier League is rightly regarded as one of the best and most competitive leagues in world football. However, there is always a strong core of Scottish players that represent some of the biggest teams in the topflight of English football.
Nonetheless, it isn’t all about the Premier League as Scottish youngsters are now looking at other European leagues to make their mark. Ryan Gauld for example, has finally returned to Portuguese top division after being promoted with SC Farense.
Oliver Burke had an interesting spell in La Liga with Alaves, before returning this season to English topflight with Sheffield United.
Furthermore, success that has been achieved by Andrew Robertson at Liverpool is a huge example of what Scottish players can with them as a fresh dynamic to the team. And with the Euro playoff final set to happen in November, there is a glimpse of hope that Scotland will return to a major tournament once again.
That looks to continue in the future with a number of young Scottish players set to make their mark this season (and hopefully be into the cards for next Summer’s tournament, fingers crossed!).
Scotland fans would have been purring last season after seeing Billy Gilmour produce one of the most exciting performances in many years during Chelsea’s FA Cup success over Liverpool.
Gilmour was able to hold his own against the runaway Premier League leaders, and instantly was the talk of an international call-up.
For football players in Europe, being able to play in the Premier League, is like a youngster in the College Football odds of BetAmerica being drafted for the NFL.
Billy is even lucky enough to be in one of the top squads of the league, so expectations are quite high.
The midfielder couldn’t be playing for a better manager at present, with Frank Lampard revealing time and time again that he will give his young players a chance to shine in the first team.
Injury towards the end of the 2019-20 season meant that he wasn’t able to continue his fine form for the first-team, but he has been given a new squad number this term, and he could be set to play an increased role for Chelsea throughout the season.
Sonny Blu Lo Everton
There aren’t many Scottish players that are as highly thought of as Sonny Blue Lo Everton. The winger was tempted to play for Scotland very early on his career, as the coaching set up was instantly aware of his talents. He is yet to make a senior start for Watford, but he has constantly been impressing for the U18’s.
Those performances have also been followed over to his Under 18’s performances for the Scottish national side, while he has played for the U19 and U17 Scottish teams too.
He has made a combined total of seven appearances so far at these two levels, and he could find himself playing a more regular role with the Hornets this term as they find themselves back in the Championship.
Their relegation could mean that an eye could be turned to youth, and Blu Lo Everton will be one of the players that could stand to benefit from that decision.
Fraser Hornby has taken a leaf out of the Jadon Sancho handbook and has turned his back on English and Scottish football to develop his game further in a different European league.
Hornby was highly thought of during his youth career, and that saw Everton make their move to sign the teenager from Northampton Town in 2014.
However, he wasn’t given the chance to shine at the Toffees, with the only minutes that he played coming in a Europa League tie against Apollon Limassol.
He flourished on loan in the 2019-20 season with Kortrijk, in Belgium, where he scored three goals in 12 games. That potential was seen by Ligue 1 side Reims.
Hornby signed for the French side in the recent summer transfer window and has already made three appearances this season.
His future looks very bright, and it would only seem a matter of time before he scores his first goal in Ligue 1. That could lead to him getting a first senior call up further down the line after a couple of appearances for the under 21’s already.
These are the top 3 future Scottish prospects that we hope we can see in action for the national team already next Summer.
Who else you expect to bloom this season? Let us know!