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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Spurs scouting in France

To give some perspective to tabloid scouting reports, when a club watching a player seems to mean they are the only club trying to buy the player, some twenty clubs were watching Nice vs Olympic Lyonnais on Friday, including Spurs report RMC Sport. Nice won 3-0.

Scouts from Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton, Sunderland, Norwich City, Sevilla (Spain), Juventus, Inter Milan, Bologna, Sampdoria, Atalanta, Chievo (all Italy), Gent (Belgium), Leverkusen (Germany), Lens, Rennes, Caen and Nantes (France).

Naturally they all won't be watching the same players are the press can speculate who they might be watching. Former Newcastle United player Hatem Ben Arfa is currently in a rich vein of form there so gets a mention, but at 28 is not a player you would expect us to be interested in.

Uncovering a hidden gem is extremely difficult when so many clubs are watching the same games. A player can hardly fly under the radar. A player has to be watched over an extended period of time to see how he reacts to certain situations, does he throw in the towel when things get tough, does he go into hiding or stand up to be counted? Can he make his presence felt on the game while playing for the team? Does he make the right decisions, what is his vision like, does he read the game, can he change his game to suit the circumstances? It all goes to formulating a picture and helps us assess whether a player has the right mentality for Tottenham.

Inter Milan have contacted Lyon over the availability of 24-year-old Alexandre Lacazette who we are regularly linked with and who is also of interest to Juventus, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool RMC suggest. He may not be the only player we are watching though.

Further Tottenham articles from THBN
Spurs £9.09m offer turned down
Tottenham keep tabs on versatile Italian
US investor interest just the tip of the iceberg for Tottenham
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