It’s hard to think of any youngster who’s been talked up more than Karamoko Dembele in recent years, but it’s easy to forget he’s barely played much senior football at this point.
He’s eligible to play for both Scotland and England, with the young winger bouncing between both set ups in the past few years.
In theory that can continue until he makes a senior competitive appearance for either country, but he’s now 17 and it would make sense to commit to one side and start to build towards a senior appearance.
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The Mirror has reported that both countries are making further attempts to tie him down, with the Ivory Coast also a possibility if he wanted. They say he appears to be leaning towards England for now, but there’s no official confirmation of that.
It goes without saying that England have the better side just now, but it could be virtually impossible to break into the senior set up. As a result, he might be better picking Scotland.
Although our national team has been poor for so long, there are now obvious signs of growth and a really positive future when you look at some of the younger players coming through.
Scott McTominay is a key player at Man United, Billy Gilmour has looked capable of controlling any game in his Chelsea appearances while John McGinn or Callum McGregor would complete a solid midfield three to build from.
What they really need is a skillful talisman to provide some inspiration up front, and that’s where Dembele would come in.
In his fleeting appearances we’ve seen a player who can give the full back nightmares – by going inside or outside and he always looks like a goal threat too. The team tends to play on the back foot so having someone who can carry the ball and pin the defence back could be vital.
Being the star player for an international team could also be beneficial for his club aspirations too, so Dembele would be wise to pick Scotland to help his development in the long term.
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