Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has revealed that Fabio Paratici will lean on soon-to-be-confirmed new appointment Andy Scoulding when it comes to scouting British talent.
Reports emerged a few days ago that Spurs are set to appoint Rangers’ chief scout Scoulding ahead of the new season (Telegraph).
During his near five-year association with Rangers, Scoulding helped the club to rise back up the Scottish football pyramid by identifying the right players, which ultimately culminated in the club’s title win under Steven Gerrard.
Gold has now explained that Paratici, during his early months at Spurs, had leaned on Steve Hitchen when it comes to identifying and scouting British talent.
Hitchen’s resignation is said to have left a void when it comes to expertise in the British market, and the Spurs managing director of football has decided to fill that void with the appointment of Scoulding.
Gold explains that Scoulding’s role is not expected to be as broad as Hitchen’s, with the 40-year-old primarily set to be Paratici’s eyes and ears in the British market.
The journalist explains that this is a particularly crucial role as Spurs hope to snap up some of the best young talents in the country as they try to balance out the homegrown and foreign player limits.
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English football seems to be going through a similar boom in young talent as French football did five to ten years ago. It can be argued that there is now more top young talent emerging from England than any other country in world football.
So, if Spurs are to compete with the likes of City over the long term, it is vital that we identify the right kind of young players and bring them into the academy. Scoulding’s expertise could prove crucial in helping the club do that.