Several Scottish Premiership sides should have been in for Everton striker Fraser Hornby, who is on the verge of joining Belgian top flight side KV Kortrijk on loan for the season.
The 19-year-old Northampton born youngster scored five goals last season – none of which were penalties – for Everton’s reserves in 17 appearances across all competitions, including strikes against Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Had an ankle injury that required surgery not disrupted the early part of his season, it is most probable that Hornby would have been closer to double digits for goals.
He also has a good scoring record at youth international level for Scotland with him currently able to boast a tally of six in his first nine games at under 21 level.
Who should have been in for him?
As far as news reports go, there appears to have been no links whatsoever between Scottish sides and highly-rated Hornby, who attracted interest from English Championship and League One sides earlier this Summer, as per the Liverpool Echo.
Last season he was scoring at a rate of 0.38 goals per 90 minutes played and some Scottish Premiership clubs could certainly be doing with a player who put up those numbers, even if it was at reserve level down south.
The likes of Motherwell, St. Johnstone, Livingston and Kilmarnock all should have been in for him.
St. Johnstone, Livingston and Kilmarnock’s striking departments are particulary threadbare and they could have done far worse than add Hornby to their ranks.
Both the Saints and Killie have however drawn links to Hibs’ Oli Shaw, who is another up-and-coming Scottish striker.