Bascome hoping to create own legacy
Osagi Bascome is determined to emerge from the shadows of compatriot Shaun Goater and make a name for himself at Sky Bet Championship side Bristol City.
The 18-year-old is the second Bermudian to sign for City, with Goater scoring 45 goals in 81 appearances for the club from 1996 and 1998.
“It's obviously good that another Bermudian has been at the club,” Bascome said. “But I can't live in the shadows of another player.
“I have to create my own legacy, and that's what I am trying to achieve.”
Bascome, who is on duty with Bermuda at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica, signed a deal this month to keep him at City until the end of the season with a further year's option, having received international clearance.
“It was a great moment obviously and I think I have put myself on a good platform to make it,” Bascome said.
“It's obviously great playing overseas professionally and hopefully it also inspires other young Bermudians to reach their goals.”
Bascome had a successful trial at Ashton Gate, featuring three times for their under-23 side, scoring once.
The forward's performance in the under-23's 2-0 win over Portsmouth and 3-1 victory over Ipswich Town — a game in which he scored and set up another goal — prompted the club to offer him a deal.
Bascome, the son of Herbie Bascome, the former St George's Cup Match captain, has also featured in the youth set-ups of Aston Villa, Stoke City, Valencia and Levante.
Bristol City are struggling in the Championship, where they are just two points above the relegation zone.
However, Bascome is confident that they can avoid a relegation dogfight.
“I feel we have a great manager [former City midfielder Lee Johnson], and so we just need to keep working hard and getting those points to push us in the right direction,” he said.
Bascome is the joint vice-captain of Bermuda Under-20 along with Walsall midfielder Kacy-Milan Butterfield.
He set-up Mazhye Burchall's sublime finish in a 3-1 defeat against El Salvador at the Estadio Nacional on Wednesday with a well-taken free kick.
Despite suffering their first reverse of the tournament, Bascome said he and his team-mates demonstrated good character to pull a goal back against one of the regional powerhouses.
“We were 3-0 down and it's hard to try and get that fighting spirit to go and get a goal,” he said.
“But we showed a lot of good character to keep pushing.
“We didn't lay down at all. We kept attacking and kept pushing to try and get a second goal.
“Scoring goals against teams like El Salvador is a big step for Bermudian football.”
Bascome is now looking ahead to Bermuda's final group C game against host nation Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional tomorrow. Bermuda must win to stand any chance of advancing.
“It's not going to be an easy game at all, but we are up for it,” Bascome said.
“We are mentally strong and physically ready.”