Episode 37 – Scouting and “Wonderkids” with Luke Griffin

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The United Mates Keitel and Joe are joined by old friend John and also by Cheltenham Town scout, co-founder of Target Scouting and co-host of the Anti-Football podcast Luke Griffin, to discuss scouting and “wonderkids”, as well as to play some trivia!

Icebreaker:

Given Luke Griffin’s impressive facial hair, the group name their favorite bearded footballers!

On Luke’s Scouting Journey so Far:

Luke began writing about football at first before beginning scouting; he’s currently at university and working part-time as a scout for his local League 2 club Cheltenham Town.

Luke (a Tottenham Hotspur fan) hosts the Anti-Football podcast with his friend a Newcastle fan and Luke also produces a multitude of in-depth scout reports for his Target Scouting website which has become an incredible database for scouting potential talent.

Haway Which Lads?:

The group plays “Haway Which Lads?”, the guessing game where the group guesses a mystery starting XI from an old match based on memory and clues. In this edition the fixtures were both old FA cup 4th round games that ended up as repeat fixtures in this current seasons 4th round.

1. Tottenham Hostpur vs. Wycombe Wanderers @White Hart Lane, 1/28/17
Can you name Spurs’ starting eleven from that day?

2. Southampton vs. Arsenal @St. Mary’s Stadium, 1/28/17
Can you name the Gunners’ starting eleven from that day?

On Scouting in General:

Luke explains the logistics of going from a player being targeted for scouting or discovered randomly, to the point when a transfer bid/contract offer is made.

Luke relies on traditional parameters when it comes to judging a player’s talents, however he’s personally a stickler for passing… so if Luke’s watching and you want to catch his eye, you better get your passing right!

Luke, who’s featured as a scout in-game on Football Manager 2021, rubbishes the rumor that professional clubs are using FM’s database to scout new players.

Luke weighs in on where he think it might have gone wrong for Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj at Old Trafford during their Manchester United days.

Either Or – Wonderkids:

The group pick their “Wonderkid XI” from a multiple choice team of the best under 23 players across their respective positions. Who would you pick?!

GK: Unai Simon or Gianluigi Donnarumma
RB: Reece James or Achraf Hakimi
CB: Matthijs de Ligt, Wesley Fofana, Alessandro Bastoni or Dayot Upamecano
LB: Alphonso Davies or Theo Hernandez
RM: Jadon Sancho or Christian Pulisic
CM: Federico Valverde or Frenkie de jong
DM: Declan Rice or Ruben Neves
LM: Ansu Fati or Vinicus
ST: Kylian Mbappe, Lautaro Martinez, Erling Haaland or Joao Felix

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