Archive for May, 2017

Why do football clubs sign flops?

May 27, 2017

I’m currently reading a book about football scouting ‘The Nowhere Men’. The first thing I noted was how unglamorous¬† scouting is, followed by how badly they are paid.

Football clubs now deploy a network of scouts across this country, Europe and the world. Each scout has to write detailed reports, that are then logged on a central computer. These days clubs will also employ people to analyse data on the individual players. With all this going on you would think that a club would never sign a dud. Yet we know this is not the case and even when big money is spent on a player they can flop. It makes me think that despite all the advancements of player recruitment, it is still pretty much hit and miss.


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