Former Tottenham Hotspur director of football Damien Comolli has suggested the club need to invest more in terms of scouting.
Comolli has branded Tottenham’s current scouting network a ‘joke’ and suggests that criticism of head coach Mauricio Pochettino is misguided.
“Someone at the club needs to show leadership. Pochettino is the right person in charge. I can't see the logic in changing the manager every six months,” Comolli told talkSPORT.
“It's kind of a joke in the scouting community. They say, 'Have you seen a Spurs scout?' because you don't see any.”
“Spurs are understaffed in this aspect. When I was at the club we had 12 full time scouts.”
Scouting is important for several reasons but mainly for identifying new transfer targets as well as monitoring higher profile players to ensure that they fit in with the philosophy and style of the manager looking to buy them.
Tottenham’s recent transfer dealings, especially the summer where the club sold Gareth Bale, has been criticised because they seemingly don’t fit in with the attacking and high quality style which had become associated with the club.
Scouting is also important for ensuring the consistent supply line of younger talent to the youth team ranks and in turn to the senior side.
Pochettino’s job is head coach of the first team.
He’s at a club where has slightly less control in terms of major off the field decisions, similar to the situations of Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, which explains why Comolli removes him from the firing line of criticism.
The Argentine is facing a very important period in his career after the international break and it’s important that he’s able to go after his, and only his, main targets in January looking ahead to an important second half of the season.
If that means extra scouts required then that’s something Tottenham should go out of their way to put on.