The reason Southampton should not fear the departure of Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell has agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton.

Mitchell made a name for himself during his two-year-stay with Southampton, and has been widely credited for much of the Saints early season form.

The former MK Dons player was instrumental in the scouting and signing of Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane, and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was keen to appoint the best in the business, with the North Londoners coming under criticism for their bad recruitment policy in recent years.

Director of Football at White Hart Lane, Franco Baldini, oversaw the arrivals of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli, and, whilst the latter pair are starting to impress, they have done little to warrant their high price tags, and have yet to fill the void left by the departed Gareth Bale.

Mitchell’s arrival has been greeted in positive fashion, but it will be a while before his influence is truly felt at the club, as he comes to term with how things are run at White Hart Lane. For Southampton, they are accepting that they have lost a man key to their success, but the South Coast club should not be fearing Mitchell’s departure too much.

At St Mary’s Stadium, Mitchell created a new type of scouting and analysis tool, which he refers to as his ‘black box’. A room with nothing but chairs and a large screen, it allows members of staff to sit down and watch footage of any player in the world, and it uses software created by the 33-year-old. Whilst he will be taking his software to White Hart Lane with him, it will remain at Southampton for the club to benefit, and he has already created a self-sufficient infrastructure that no longer requires his influence.

He has also left all his team of analysts on the South Coast, and the people who have worked with him since his arrival in 2012 will be able to carry on his job, following his methods whilst under a new head of department, who could potentially bring their own ideas to increase the Saints output.

The only reason Southampton should start to fear Tottenham’s influence is if the North Londoners attempt to poach further members of Mitchell’s team, but one would hope that honour prevails and the 33-year-old recommends his new club leave the Saints alone after his capture.

Southampton should feel the loss of Mitchell, as he has worked wonders with the club flying high in the Premier League. However, having completely revamped the scouting system of a top English club, the former MK Dons man may have just done all he could to improve the Saints, and those involved at St Mary’s Stadium should start looking for an even brighter future following his departure.

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