- How did technology change football?
Well, a lot. At my time, when I started my career there were no tools for clubs, agents and players, in order to help them to improve, psychologically and physically. So, technology helped football growing, it helped coaches to monitor stats, it helped to better understand young players’ possibilities and it helped to check them physiologically.
I worked in Benfica’s Academy since a few time ago, I always used Wyscout there because is an efficient tool for scouting, without spending too much time in logistical problems. As a matter of fact, watching videos is not enough to start a deal or recommend a player because you have to see him live, on the field. Wyscout helps to monitor all his matches, his negative or positive periods. Plus, you don’t waste your time because videos are in a row, without pauses. Working in a football club is a busy job, but Wyscout helps us to make decisions.
- How do you decide to pick new young players?
First of all, I look at the player himself. His background, his team’s playing system, if he can play in different positions. It’s important to have a careful analysis of players and Wyscout let us do that. We look at his stats, his minutes played, the age and, personally, his relation with the ball. Then I look for other characteristics. Because if he’s young he can still improve, but if he’s not confident with the ball is not more difficult. In the end, I look how he thinks, how he plays.
- What do you think about Wyscout Forum?
I’m feeling good here, I want to thank Wyscout for this invitation. It’s an important event for clubs and agencies, for young agents, for more experienced agents to start new businesses, for making new contacts with clubs, for preparing transfers session, like the January one, to have firsts reactions and see everybody’s needs. Football needs an event like Wyscout Forum