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6 minutes ago, DanFromDownSouth said:

Hofmann would be my pick. Ganvoula at Bochun in the Bundesliga 2 also looks decent for a target man role.

https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/detailsuche/spielerdetail/suche/23636120

Year left on his contract Hofmann apparently as well he could be a good shout, that search parameter makes sense I put 6 foot 3+ strikers with a year left on their contract because I don't see another Sanogo in the free agent pool there's a few options in there.

We know we have a decent pot of money hopefully Warnock finds a massive striker he likes!

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I'm not too fussed about Sanogo. Obviously it's a concern having only two senior strikers at the club but as a professional in any sport you should make sure you are at the level of fitness required so it's a poor showing from him. On a free and because we're desperate for reinforcements you would have taken him.

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3 minutes ago, KeithLambsFaxMachine said:

Quite reasonably priced. Hmm.. 🤔

Might be an interesting thing to look into. Which level did you go for?

Honestly if you were interested, it's worth looking into and you meet some ex football players on the courses who are always down to earth. It's worth gaining all the qualifications.

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Just now, ElDaftardo said:

Honestly if you were interested, it's worth looking into and you meet some ex football players on the courses who are always down to earth. It's worth gaining all the qualifications.

Im very tempted to do it. But what's the chances of getting a job on some scale after doing it all? 

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I spoke to someone a few years ago who scouts for Boro at something like under 8s (or something ridiculous like that). 

He said that the club would have about 100 kids on their books at most age groups which pretty much sums up youth football. Young kids are basically farmed by the clubs with the majority getting dropped when they're not good enough a few years later. 

I'm not sure how much talent is required to scout the top 100 players in each age group. 

Obviously if you are scouting for Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp and recommending players for the first team then thats a different story altogether. 

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1 minute ago, Dan_Boro_Till_I_Die said:

Im very tempted to do it. But what's the chances of getting a job on some scale after doing it all? 

It's likely but expectations may have to be on the low side, such as plenty of non league teams are the most likely to contact you first.

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Just now, ElDaftardo said:

It's likely but expectations may have to be on the low side, such as plenty of non league teams are the most likely to contact you first.


What is the pay like? Is it more a side job rather than a career?

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28 minutes ago, ElDaftardo said:

No matter what, football always creates different opinions and mine will be quite different from most because I'm a qualified football scout and my job isn't just to look at how many goals a player scores haha.

Oooooh, a qualified scout.  Go on then, what would you look at with Sanogo, a 27 year old purported striker with no real goal scoring or assist record? 

We've had plenty of strikers who can't score, he looks like another one.  Tell me why he isn't. 

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3 minutes ago, Poly said:


What is the pay like? Is it more a side job rather than a career?

The more qualification you gain more than likely to gain around £500 - £1000 per week to start with but it depends on the club and the league they are in. I had expectations to work for Middlesbrough but soon realised that wasn't going to happen straight away haha.

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Delighted that the Sanogo deal fell through ,Banana Skin Avoided ,Dreadful footballer,

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Just now, ElDaftardo said:

The more qualification you gain more than likely to gain around £500 - £1000 per week to start with but it depends on the club and the league they are in. I had expectations to work for Middlesbrough but soon realised that wasn't going to happen straight away haha.


Might make it a new years resolution for me to start a course next year still relatively young (25) so why not give it a bash. My dream job really 

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2 minutes ago, macapes said:

Oooooh, a qualified scout.  Go on then, what would you look at with Sanogo, a 27 year old purported striker with no real goal scoring or assist record? 

We've had plenty of strikers who can't score, he looks like another one.  Tell me why he isn't. 

Asking the wrong person for that one fella, I wouldn't be interested in signing him lol.. If I had to do a scout report on him, I'd like to see what his positioning and awareness on a football field is like for starters, how many runs he makes per game etc.. Does he link up with his team-mates and show tactical awareness etc.

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1 minute ago, ElDaftardo said:

The more qualification you gain more than likely to gain around £500 - £1000 per week to start with but it depends on the club and the league they are in. I had expectations to work for Middlesbrough but soon realised that wasn't going to happen straight away haha.

Thanks for the information 👍

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27 minutes ago, ElDaftardo said:

People are missing the point I was making, I don't really care about Sanogo not signing for us but records don't proove a thing and for the people defending kane and vardy.. you miss the season when kane scored 2 in 15 for Leicester and Vardy scored 4 in 26.. Point is some players click in certain enviroments and with certain teams and until a player pulls on the jersey of the club you support you never know what they may or may not achieve. I'm a great believer in giving people a chance to show what they can do.

I mean, it's a pretty admirable point of view but I also don't think you'd find many Boro fans who weren't willing to give Sanogo a chance if he signed now because we'd also primarily judge them on their time here. Rudy Gestede clicked in a certain environment and had an outrageous one-off scoring season, when he signed there were some questions raised but 99% of people were willing to give him a chance.

But we can only judge on the information we have and to be fair, if a striker has barely scored a goals and you raise a point about strikers who didn't do that well (but scored goals) at this level, we are going to compare their records of scoring. It's not the be all and end all of what a striker is or does, there are plenty of strikers who would get by just fine without scoring tons of goals but you said 2 strikers didn't do that well here who actually did because they had good scoring records. I didn't miss out either of those seasons when looking them 2 up but they still did manage a season with scoring goals at this level. And Sanogo has a history of not scoring throughout his entire career. If you're gonna compare, they're really not strikers that are on equal footing at all.

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