For the rest of December, we’ll be profiling 20 of the most promising Scottish talents who we believe will have defining 2020’s. Watford prospect Sonny Blu-Lo Everton is up next.
The creative youngster has been convinced to pledge his allegiances to Scotland. He’s currently developing his undoubted potential in the Watford academy.
2020 though could be a good year for the teenager.
Watford rate him highly
It’s no secret that the Hornets have high hopes for the youngster. Having started with the club at the tender age of 9, he’s dazzled in their youth teams from attacking midfield or sometimes out on the wing.
At 17-years-old he possesses talent that Watford will no doubt want to tap into. It’s already caught the eye of some of the Vicarage Road side’s youth academy chiefs.
Last year, then-academy head Darren Sarll was claiming Everton was one of the most ‘natural’ youngster’s he’s ever worked with.
He told the club’s official site: “Sonny is a wonderful talent. I was lucky to inherit him and I think he’s thriving under this regime and all we’ve got to do is keep challenging him.
“Everyone was telling me about this player they [Birmingham] had, but my number ten was as good as anything on the field. “He’s one of the most natural players I’ve ever worked with.
“I think he’s a ten, but I think he’ll go deeper still because he’ll have a thirst for influence and want to get involved as he’ll get older. He’s got to go through so many tests yet and the inevitable bump in the road which every player goes through. And he knows he won’t get away with an ounce with me.”
Developing at speed
Everton’s had this high praise and a breakthrough into the U23s side at Watford all before he’s legally allowed to drink. His short career has been an eventful one as his stock continues to rise.
Surely it can’t get much bigger for him in 2020? Despite the fact he was headhunted by Scotland, broken into the U23s side at 17 and became one of Watford’s brightest prospects, there’s more to come.
It’s gave him a platform for success. Everyone knows about his talent and how hard he’s worked to get to where he is. Now that Everton’s put the hard work in, it’s time to build on it.
Striking whilst the iron is hot is key. Keeping his place in the U23s side with contributions like his assist from the bench against Cardiff will go a long way to catching the eye at a higher level. Following impressive performances for Scotland’s youth sides too, the teenager is now a part of Billy Stark’s U19s squad.
It’s been a big year for Everton but all is hard work could really come to the fore in 2020.