technical scouting gaining acceptance

The image of the wizened old scout stood in the cold scouring for talent at a provincial football ground remains. But like other facets of the game, scouting is changing. And technology is driving development. These days a football player is as likely to be discovered on a computer database several time-zones away as on wet and windy Tuesday at Tranmere.


It’s not that ┬átraditional scouting methods are dead – far from it. Clubs still have to see the players in the flesh. But the old methods were not systematised and scouts could end up seeing certain clubs more often than others for a myriad of reasons that had nothing to do with the potential of the market. Efficiency is the name of the game.

“Stats are central to how we work but you need great scouts,” he explains. “You need them to watch players live. What technical scouting can do is allow you to be more efficient. Scouts can’t watch every game; they can’t watch every team. There are only so many resources you have and it’s about trying to use those resources efficiently. Are we watching the right games and the right players?

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