Position: Centre forward
From: Norwich City - on loan - February 1997
Record: Played: 6 Scored: 2
To: Norwich City - end of loan - March 1997
Career stats: Soccerbase
He was: What we've been looking for
In perhaps the most toe-curlingly frustrating bit of transfer activity since time began, Keith Scott arrived
on loan from Norwich City, impressed virtually everyone and then returned whence he came. It's not
that we don't want him (Kenny Jackett attempted to extend his loan period), it's not that we don't need
him (we've been scouring the divisions for a cheap, quality centre forward for the best part of three
seasons), it's simply that we don't have the money to buy him. Bearing in mind that, little more than a
season ago, Glenn Roeder was talking in terms of breaking the club's transfer record in a bid to bring a
striker in, that's almost too much to take.
Although his performances fluctuated depending on the quality of service and he could look a bit
lightweight at times, it was abundantly obvious that here was a player who added something to the side. Especially
impressive when the ball was played into his feet or chest (his twenty minute appearance against Bristol
City was magnificent), he forged a highly promising partnership with Kevin Phillips and brought a new
element of control to our frontline. The strike rate perhaps left a little to be desired (both goals were wayward
crosses rather than shots) but that was less important than his contribution to the side. And we could've had
him for £150,000.
Bye then, Keith. It would've been nice...