What Do Scouts Look For In Young Players & How Can They Improve On Finding Quality Players?

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Hi everyone, I am new here from London and a Arsenal fan. I help aspiring players between the ages of 12-19 years old who want to play at semi-pro and pro standard. I wanted to know what you guys think scouts look for in a player and how they can improve on finding top players as countries like Germany, Spain, Brazil etc have been producing top quality home grown players and England seems to be going in the other direction which shows in their performance in tournaments.
 

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Temperament, potential, development likelihood, mental attitude, physical attributes, reading of the game, skill. You can coach some of it but mostly it's natural and an inner desire to be the best they can be.
I used to coach and a fundamental reason why players from Brazil for example do so well is that they hone their skills playing in the ghetto's, street football if you will. British players get scooped up, groomed almost. Parents get offered new houses, kids sign for a club and think they've hit the big time. You only have to look at the number of young players on ridiculous salaries before they have even made a name for themselves.
Germany is another example. There is a large percentage of players of Turkish/Polish descent, Ozil, Podolski, Sane etc. All will have had to work doubly hard to get to where they want to be. They have to chase the carrot on a stick. Here. We just give them the carrot and offer them more carrots! This tie's in with the FA thread Super Horns has created as the FA just want to throw money at the issue as the board is ran by shirts from business. Football is a simple game that needs to go back to grass roots here to realise and tap in to the raw potential.
 

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Do you think scouts are slowly forgetting about grass roots football ? In London there are plenty of talented youngsters in lower class areas mainly south and east London that are not getting picked up because majority of scouts are now only focusing on players with a fantastic CV, so how is it we can spot a kid half way across the world, put the time and effort to do so and not look in our own back yard. I totally agree these kids get given the world when they sign for a club in the UK and it does need to stop if England want to stand a chance of doing well in tournaments in the future because as soon as you butter them up so young their mentality changes immediately and thats where their development stops.
 

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No it's all about money DTalent. Scouts are out there, but clubs want an instant fix. If they don't have that, they snap up all the talent, even the ones who are not so. It's the equivalent to over fishing the ocean. Dredge them up, maybe get lucky and spit the rest out. If the FA focus, and I mean properly focus on developing players and take the fucking price tags and pressure off families and young kids. Let them enjoy football. Footballers back in the 60's played football because they LOVED the game. Kids today get attracted by the money. That is a bad place to start off and can not be good in the long run.
 

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England won't win shit until they scrap academies. It should be schoolboys by region up until 16 and then drafts.
 

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No it's all about money DTalent. Scouts are out there, but clubs want an instant fix. If they don't have that, they snap up all the talent, even the ones who are not so. It's the equivalent to over fishing the ocean. Dredge them up, maybe get lucky and spit the rest out. If the FA focus, and I mean properly focus on developing players and take the fucking price tags and pressure off families and young kids. Let them enjoy football. Footballers back in the 60's played football because they LOVED the game. Kids today get attracted by the money. That is a bad place to start off and can not be good in the long run.
Yes when I ask kids why do you want to be a footballer they do not mention that they actually love football like in the old days.
 

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