Who is Tommy Conway? The Scotland Euro 2024 hopeful that could answer Steve Clarke striker SOS

As soon as it was confirmed Lyndon Dykes is missing the Euros, attention turned to other viable striking options.

Scotland aren't exactly blessed with an abundance of riches up front. Lawrence Shankland is the hottest property in Scottish football right now and was always going to be on the plane after the season he's had for Hearts, while Che Adams looks to be getting back to his level after helping fire Southampton back into the Premier League. A goal against Gibraltar won't harm his confidence either.

But aside from Dykes, we're short on proper front men. We're able to mix and match between wingers and wide forwards, but in terms of leading the line through the middle, there's not a lot of depth. Tommy Conway however, is fit, in decent form and could well get his chance ahead of some of the others mentioned as potential replacements for Dykes.

He's stressed there's no one else who does what Dykes does in dark blue. But Conway is very much in his thoughts as he mulls over his options at the top end of the pitch, especially after finding the net for the Under 21s on Monday night.

Clarke said: “It was nice that Tommy scored. He is a good boy, Tommy, and he is certainly in my mind. Can we replace Lyndon like for like? No. Would it have been a better performance with Lyndon in the team? Probably no, because they dealt very, very well with high balls into the box.” But who is Tommy Conway? Record Sport takes a closer look.

Who is he?

Born in Taunton and eligible for Scotland through his grandad Danny being from Stirling, 21-year-old Conway is a product of the Bristol City academy. Having joined the Ashton Gate club at seven, he's progressed through the age groups while gaining experience at nearby Yate Town and Bath City. His pro debut for the Robins came in a 3-1 defeat to Coventry back April 2021 and scored his first senior goal in a 4-1 thumping from Millwall less than a month later.

Now firmly established as City's main man in attack, he's been attracting interest and is out of contract next summer.That may mean City look to cash in this year, as he's said he's in no rush to sort out his long term future just yet. He's been linked with Wolves, Brentford and Nottingham Forest, while Steve Evans has told Celtic and Rangers they should be signing him.

Conway said earlier this year: “Whatever is right for myself at that moment in my career and when I get time to sit down and process things with my family then I’ll have a decision. But I’ve got a year left and I’m in no rush to go anywhere."

What sort of player is he?

Conway is a centre forward. On occasion, he's played off of Nahki Wells or in a wider role but primarily, he's deployed through the middle and is about scoring goals. He managed 12 of them in 43 appearances for Bristol City last season. And while that will always be the currency he's judged on, Conway admits he's been working on other aspects of his game so as not to become one dimensional.

“I know that there’s more to my game than just scoring goals,” Conway said. “I know I need to be there as a frontman defending, or as a link, so I know I can have a good game and not score. When I was younger I’d probably always base my game around scoring goals; if I hadn’t scored then I’d played badly. I think as I’ve got older my mindset has changed in that aspect and I definitely know now my game is more than goals.

"I sat with the gaffer the other day and we said the one thing that’s really come on is the out of possession stuff; we’re in a block and we don’t let anything through us, we’re solid as a team and it always starts from the front - he wants the strikers to be the best defenders in the team. We sat through my clips the other day and that’s a really big part of my game that I’ve really improved.

“Under the previous regime I’d probably be pressing a lot more as a team but, with the gaffer now, there’s more of an idea and an identity of who we’re playing; when to press, when’s the right time, when’s the time to block, when’s the time to block passes through the middle. And I feel that, ever since he’s come in, I’ve taken that on board and I’m learning and getting better and better every game with that.

What are his chances of going to the Euros?

Given Clarke has actually mentioned him by name and didn't shut down suggestions of him earning a spot, they seem to be pretty good. The Scotland boss is notoriously loyal and there are few surprises in his squads. But it's needs must now and Conway at least his his U21 experiences with Scot Gemmill, who Clarke can lean on for information.

And even if he doesn't make the squad, Conway still plans on being in Germany. Will I go as a fan if I’m not there as a player? Yeah, definitely. Scott’s (Murray, Bristol City's Scottish legend and current kit manager) driving from Bristol to Germany with his brother,” Conway added. “He said if I’m not going, I’d be jumping in with him. It will be class.

“I’ll be there as a player or as a supporter. I’ll be out on the streets singing the songs! Of course, you have to dream about making it there as a player, though. That’s what it’s all about.”