WHAT SCOUTS LOOK FOR IN:
Playing in goal is the loneliest position on a football pitch.If you make a mistake, this often leads to a goal.Therefore….Keepers must have great mental toughness and concentration levels.The key attributes a scout looks for in a goalkeeper include:
Command of the penalty area
Communication with defence
The modern game has seen a shift from fullbacks to wingbacks.Meaning…Wide defenders need to be more athletic nowadays so they can regularly join attacks.The technical attributes a scout looks for in a fullback include:
The timing of forward runs
3. CENTRE BACKS.
Long gone are the days when a tall route one centre back. Who was praised for clearing his lines by kicking the ball as far up the pitch as possible.Nowadays scouts are looking for more…Central defenders must also be able to control the ball and instigate attacks. Understanding when to clear the ball is still important.However…Having the ability to clear the ball to a teammate, requires awareness and great reading of the game.The main attributes a scout looks for in a Central Defender are:
Ball Control (becoming more important for defenders)
Bravery in attempting challenges
Reading of the game
Strong and accurate ball heading (defensive and attacking)
It is key for a center back to know when to hold up an attack or dive into a challenge. But, this can be developed by training.
Central midfield is one of the most difficult positions in football. You’ll often find that the most complete footballer plays in this position. Not only must they be able to control the game. They must also have stamina and defensive abilities to break down opposing attacks.It is fair to say that central midfielders need to be able to do everything.However…The main attributes a scout will be looking for are:
Breaking into the opposing box
Passing ability under pressure
Tackling and defensive abilities
All in all, a central midfielder needs to control the play and is the glue that holds the team together.Think:Lampard, Pirlo Gerrard, Scholes, Xavi, Iniesta and you’ll understand the qualities needed.
Wingers or wide midfielders are often the most exciting players on the pitch. Nothing gets the crowd on their feet more than when a pacey tricky winger go past a fullback.Scouts are no different. A player with blistering pace is an exciting option for any football recruiter.Other attributes scouts look for in wide players are:
Technical ability like dribbling and close control
The main thing scouts want to see in a striker is Goals.Are you a natural finisher? Do you hesitate in front of goal, or strike with confidence without looking up. These skills show awareness of your position on the pitch and a strikers instinct.Goals win games, and that’s why attacking players receive the highest salaries in the game.However,Scouts also want to assess a players movement off the ball. Do they make well-timed runs, creating space for teammates. Is the player strong enough to hold off defenders and hold up the ball?The main skills a scout looks for in a striker are: