Leeds digging for gold amid Orta transfer confession - Kieran Maguire
Leeds United are using a new scouting app that Victor Orta describes as “new and innovate” – but it may not yield the best results.
That is according to finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the scouting platform 11TransFAIR.
Speaking to the Athletic on 15th July, director of football Orta revealed that Leeds are one of 50 clubs in 10 countries currently using the app.
The software allows footballers to anonymously seek out clubs and matches them according to specific preferences and conditions.
Its founder, ex-Germany international Rene Adler, dubbed it “Tinder for football transfers.”
Maguire speculates that the app would be more useful for smaller clubs than Leeds who have less access to data-driven scouting.
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“I think it’s something which has got a long way to go,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“I can see the benefits in respect of smaller clubs than Leeds perhaps. Leeds do their homework.
“It strikes me that clubs these days are using the likes of Smarterscout, StatsBomb etcetera to good effect.
“Given the integration of technology and data analysis within the recruitment teams, I think something of this nature is going to be more geared towards lower league players.
“But I think the way to think about it is that you only need to kiss one prince but to do that you might have to get through quite a lot of frogs as well.“