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Friday, 12 May 2017

Scouting news and the future of three players


Remember Rob Mackenzie, our former Head of layer Identification who left for Championship side Leeds United, well he is now at Sunderland who are being relegated to the Championship. Does that tell us about the standard of player he identifies? He works for former Manchester City analyst Simon Wilson.

Sky have been reporting that Italians Juventus want former Tottenham Hotspur scout David Webb, however various other sources closer to the Italian Champions suggest that is not true.

I see website Football London are suggesting that Moussa Sissoko will stay at Spurs despite the fact that his agent and the club have held talks about his exit strategy and how best to move him on to a different club.

They also suggest we will loan out Josh Onomah and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou despite Mauricio Pochettino not believe loaning out first team squad members is a good idea. He believes they will develop better under him training with the first team and more importantly they will know our system inside out rather than picking up bad habits from other coaches.

In the case of N'Koudou he has already admitted his lack of progress is down to his poor mental attitude and has rectified to fix that, which if the case, negates the need for a loan move, especially in the first half of the season when there are League Cup games to play, that is exactly when you want these squad players playing for you.

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  1. The 'Rob Mackenzie' post showed up on my LinkedIn feed. I will comment - Yes Sunderland is rock bottom at the table, but to assign blame to their scout or scouting team is a stretch too far. My experience with scouts is that they can often RECOMMEND players, but have LITTLE say as to who the squad will be or even the line-up.

    Sunderland were relegated for many reasons mainly being outperformed by their peers and a large negative goal difference standing out ... They were a very stalwart club for a long time. Perhaps it is time to reset, but this is part of the game.

  2. I would tend to agree, particularly in as much as scouting, if it is to be shown to affect the fortunes of a club, would be expected to do so only after a fairly lengthy delay. Considering his appointment was relatively recent I doubt you can lay much blame at his door.

    It seems clear though, that we're not suffering unduly from his having moved on.




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