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Alderweireld [MOTD defender of the year 2016] improves the organsation of defences

8:30 am

SCOUTING TALK

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An excellent article from Sky Sports who have interviewed the former Head of Player Identification at Tottenham Hotspur, Rob Mackenzie, about why Spurs signed arguably the best central defender in the Premier League over the past two seasons, Toby Alderweireld.

The article demonstrates the amount of work that goes into player research before a decision is made whether to sign a target or not.

Why Spurs signed Alderweireld

Obviously he has been a fantastic signing and the piece in the article about the statistics showing that he improves the organisation of defences was spot on. Yet again a club he has gone to has improved their defence, it is no coincidence.

It also shows that there was never a moment that Jan Vertonghen was leaving as the club were looking for a centre-back to partner him.

Proud to win the MOTD defender of the year 2016. Big thanks to everyone.








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Mitchell annoyed agents and staff rumour

9:00 pm
Paul Mitchell is an ambitious man and there was talk when he arrived that he would be trained to take over from Franco Baldini as Director of Football, Technical Director, Sporting Director, they are all the same post.

If he has been performing part of that role, and it appears as though it has, then he will have been part of our negotiating team.  There is a suggestion that not only has he annoyed Spurs staff this summer but that he has annoyed agents as well. That would suggest that his negotiating skills are not up to par.

There is also the fact that we have Rob Mackenzie who is Head of Player ID at Tottenham and was Head of Technical Recruiting at Leicester City before he was head hunted. It has always seemed a strange set of affairs having the two and one wonders how their job roles overlapped.

The are other suggestions that it has been Mackenzie finding players, he found Wimmer for instance, Pleat found Alli. The anti-Levy crowd have obviously jumped on their bandwagon, but the has not lived up to his hype it would seem.

We will have to wait and see what news comes out. I'd expect Mitchell to take over responsibility, how thus affects N'koudou and Njie we'll have to wait and see.



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Comment: MacKenzie discusses data and scouting

12:30 pm
The use of data is football is growing, but it is still in its infancy. There is plenty of data around, the question is how much is relevant and how much what is the best way to interpret that data. That is probably the single biggest issue with statistical data at the moment, knowing what you can do with data and knowing what you want it to tell you.

Rob MacKenzie touched on this in the recent article of his I recently gave you a link to.

"I agree that the gut instinct and immediate reaction of the scout in question, based on his years of experience of assessing players and his in-depth understanding of what is required for your team (both technically/tactically & psychologically etc.), is vital to considering any player and I don’t think that the scout’s assessment (if they are good!) should be questioned.  What should be questioned however is; was that performance a normal level of performance for that player? Was the performance that your trusted scout liked so much representative of that player’s ability? 
"For me, this is where a statistical approach is pivotal.  In many cases, clubs are able to gain statistics from the game in question (which can use as an initial benchmark/guide) whilst also being able to compare that data to how they have performed previously." 

Players are scouted over an extended period to produce a picture of how they will react in different situations. Being a player who can only produce when things are going well is of little use, what happens when things go wrong, what happens then? Can he turn around a poor performance, how does a mistake affect him, how does he react to his side losing. All of this is mental, it is his character that is under assessment, his football is almost secondary. 

The sides that do this best will be the most successful and the best characters demand the best money. The right 'mentality' of player congregate at the top clubs, thus they keep winning. Their skill comes from their mental approach, not the other way around.

"Moreover, if done properly, I believe you are able to then make inferences into how a player reacts to different situations if you look across a number of different scenarios.  For example, if you analyse his performance against the top five sides in the league, the bottom five, when they play at home, when they play away, when he scored a hat-trick and when gets pulled off after 59 minutes for having a nightmare, you are able to generate a profile of the player.  Yes, you could send scouts out to watch all of these games (if you have the resources) but a statistical approach combined with video analysis can do this in days as opposed to weeks.  As such, an approach that encapsulates statistical analysis combined with live observations in my opinion has to be the most cost effective, efficient and accurate way to assess a player."

He goes on to discuss how this is only one way to use statistics, that it is a reactive way, they should also be used in a proactive way.

If you haven't read the full article yet, take a look. It discusses how he worked at Leicester and how he used analytics in his role.

Rob MacKenzie discussing his role


Further Tottenham Reading
Stats suggest Spurs will finish above Chelsea - Chelsea will not make the top 4
Premier League more important than Champions League - link to an excellent article discussing the clear indications
Shots leading the league - a look at shooting, Spurs are the most accurate team in the league and Harry Kane the most accurate striker
Lloris: A punching analysis - link to an excellent article that reveals Lloris punches more than any other keeper in the top 5 European leagues
Spurs continue to scout Townsend replacements - we are casting our net far and wide in search of a new inverted winger

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Comment: MacKenzie discusses data and scouting Comment: MacKenzie discusses data and scouting Reviewed by THBlogNews on 12:30 pm Rating: 5

Rob MacKenzie discusses his role

8:31 am
Rob MacKenzie joined us from Leicester City as we looked to revamp the identification of players, scouting and the recruitment fo players in general. It is fair to say that we wasted the Gareth Bale money on players who were only here to pick up a wage, nice people perhaps, but they didn't have the mental toughness of a ruthless winner.

He wrote an article for Opta that revealed some of his day-to-day role at Leicester City which begins with scouting. He discusses analytics and how he gained trust within the game before introducing them.

"On a very basic level scouting in football is about being able to accurately assess a player’s ability and/or potential."
He goes on to talk about a football club being a close-knit community where trust is everything. We have seen that with the recruitment of Paul Mitchell whom he worked with at Southampton and each manager likes to bring his own coaching staff into a new club. We also see it in the players. They have to trust the coach, trust his methods which the coach has to be a good communicator to get across to them. If they players don't buy into a manager as the Chelsea players didn't with Andre Villas-Boas, then performances drop. 

The chairman has to have trust in his manager, it isn't until they are in situ that you really know whether you have made the right choice or not. If they are the wrong man to achieve the club vision on all levels then they have to be replaced. Fans only look at now generally, but the chairman has to be thinking 5 or more years ahead, can a manager build a club for the future or can he only build a team for now? 


I always felt Harry Redknapp was a now manager having to constantly re-invent the wheel to keep us challenging for the top four. That isn't a formula for success because managers don't stay at clubs so when one leaves with that approach the club is back at square one. Harry, as we all know, wanted and thought he was going to get the England job, Tottenham became almost an irrelevance until he failed to get it, then suddenly we were important again. The vital element of trust had been destroyed.


It's a good read, it gives the fan an insight behind the scenes of a football club, so take a look.


Rob MacKenzie day-to-day role

Further Tottenham Reading
Stats suggest Spurs will finish above Chelsea -Chelsea will not make the top 4
Premier League more important than Champions League - link to an excellent article discussing the clear indications
Shots leading the league - a look at shooting, Spurs are the most accurate team in the league and Harry Kane the most accurate striker
Lloris: A punching analysis - link to an excellent article that reveals Lloris punches more than any other keeper in the top 5 European leagues
Spurs continue to scout Townsend replacements - we are casting our net far and wide in search of a new inverted winger

Christmas will be here soon and you don't want to leave your shopping to the last moment, pop across to Football-Shop.net where you'll find nearly 4,000 gifts for the sports mad. It is easy to shop for a sports lover at Christmas.




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3 more games for MacKenzie, that's 9 in 4 days

5:00 pm
Rob MacKenzie is certainly a busy bee at the moment doing the groundwork for formulating our transfer strategy for the upcoming two windows, (winter and summer).

Having taken in 6 games over Friday, Saturday and Sunday in various countries today he takes on 3 more games.

Today = 3 games involving travel through 4 different countries. Tiring but vital to maintain up to date points of reference for comparisons!


We had a scout at the Waregem vs Anderlecht game on Sunday which presumably was MacKenzie. He saw Leye get sent off for Waregem when they were 1-0 down after 45 minutes. Anderlecht scored from the resulting penalty to end the tie as a contest. How players react in that position is just as important and how they react when a game is 0-0 so there would still be plenty to learn.

We may well have been watching more than one player, but one we will be taking note of, although he didn't start, is Youri Tielemans. Chelsea sent their top scout to see him, Everton, Ajax, PSV Eindhoven (both Holland), AS Monaco (France), Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen, Wolfsburg (all Germany), Inter Milan (Italy) sent scouts to the game report Voetbal Nieuws

If you haven't read it yet I suggest you take a read at the Monchi article linked below which looks at how he approaches the Franco Baldini role. For those unaware he is the Sporting Director at Sevilla having build them from a poverty stricken club 10 years ago to one making money in the transfer market and winning trophies.

Our scouting network is vital, they are the ones who do all the behind the scenes work before we buy players, thus where they are and who they are watching can give us an idea as to the positions we are looking to fill. That in turn tells us who is vulnerable within the squad. Having said that a look at the Monchi model reveals that work needs to be done as a matter of course anyway, we should always be looking at ways of improving the side or replacing anyone within it.

Six Further Tottenham Related Articles
Surprise surprise motivated Dembele produces MOTM performance - but was it to the detriment of Spurs as a whole?
Fascinating insight into Baldini type role - Spurs have tried to sign Monchi, this article looks at how he approaches the Franco Baldini role
Elements of Sir Alex Ferguson in Mauricio Pochettino - further reinforces that we may well have the right man in charge
Levy is doing it right using a cautious growth approach - how are our nearest financial rivals Newcastle United doing?
Why Spurs should invite David Villa to train with us - would benefit our youngsters a David Villa type training with us for part of each season
Spurs - stadium-led regeneration - there would be no regeneration without the stadium being built


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