For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Scott Banks, currently at Dundee United, is next on our list.
The youngster is a talented kid with a big future ahead of him. After a loan spell at Clyde last year, he returned to the Dundee United first-team ready for senior Championship opportunities.
Recent developments this season though have set Banks up for a defining 2020.
Heading out the Dundee United door
At the start of term, Banks looked set for a big season. He’d played in the League Cup and featured on the opening day of Championship action. In those games, the 18-year-old’s technical talent and dribbling abilities were on display.
Since the opening day in August though, he hasn’t appeared. This is after plenty of transfer rumours linking him with moves to the Premier League and question marks over his future.
Robbie Nelson has also confirmed that the youngster won’t be a Tangerine come next summer. Speaking to the Courier, the Arabs manager reckons Banks is better off at United but can’t stop him leaving.
He said in November: “We have offered him a really good contract but they (Banks and his agent) have decided it’s not for him. So the indication we have had is that they will run the contract down, which is disappointing.
“We gave the boy a platform to go and play, sent him out for a good loan spell with Clyde and then brought him back. We offered him the opportunity – we didn’t sign someone else because we planned for him to play – but they have decided it is not for them.
“That’s how football works these days, I’m afraid, so the opportunity now goes to the players who want to be here. He is someone we felt we could help get to the next stage.”
Big decision awaits
With a United exit looming, the next step is big for Banks. He clearly has the talent but it’s important that his next move is chosen carefully so that it doesn’t derail his career.
Already this season will have set him back a bit. It’s a shame that a contract dispute between the two has meant Banks will likely not feature at senior level this season. It’s unlikely he’ll get that at a big club so for him to lose that privilege at Tannadice is disappointing.
What’s most likely now is a move south for development football. He’ll play in a club’s academy and if he doesn’t pick the right club, he could get lost in that system. A good decision though could see him make a name for himself.
So with a Dundee United departure likely for Banks, 2020 will be big for him in terms of his next moves and what that’ll mean for his future career prospects.