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USA youth international, Chelsea midfielder Kyle Scott training at Dutch club Willem II

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Kyle Scott is training with Eredivisie club Willem II. The 18-year old midfielder is under contract with English Premier League club Chelsea.

Willem II manager Erwin van de Looi expressed an interest in attackers:

We are looking for attacking reinforcements. That's why we give this guy a chance to prove themselves in the coming days. (via Google translation)

Scott will play in a three friendly matches with the club, including one today against amateurs RKDSV Diessen.

Last season, Scott helped lead Chelsea's U-18s to their second consecutive UEFA Youth League title. His current deal with the club runs through the 2019 season.

It was previously reported by Peter O'Rourke of ESPN FC that Scott handed in a transfer request and that many top European teams were showing interest. Willem II is hardly a top European team. The Dutch club finished the 2015-2016 Eredivisie season in 16th place and needed to win two aggregate series to avoid relegation.

Scott has represented the United States, England, and the Republic of Ireland at the youth international level.

(h/t We Ain't Got No History)


As has been previously reported, Kyle Scott really wants to leave Chelsea. Willem II isn't a big club, but Scott would presumably be able to get playing time there.

While many fans want to see American players at top clubs, playing time is far more important for his development. Highly rated prospects become formerly highly rated prospects without match experience.

Despite being at Chelsea since he was 10-years old and recently signing a contract extension, Scott wants to have a bigger role at the club. That's not happening right now as he remains stuck in the youth and reserve levels. Even with a new coach coming in, it's probably best that he's seeking to improve his standing elsewhere.

We'll keep you posted on the outcome of Scott's time with Willem II.

Should Kyle Scott leave Chelsea? Is Willem II the right move?