The Scouted Football Podcast brings you the latest news and views on all things under-23 talent. Insight, analysis and opinion on break-out stars, youth tournaments and stories of the season; Scouted Football have got you covered.
Standout Stats: Serie A with Stephen Ganavas
Expected Goals, Expected Assists, Passes into the Final Third, Successful Pressures and hard-to-pronounce names, it's Stan Collymore's worst nightmare - another Standout Stats episode.This time, Joe is joined by Scouted chief Stephen Ganavas to discuss the under-23 players who stick out in the numbers in Serie A this season.2:51: Serie A's Winners, Losers, Disappointments and Surprise Packages this season14:07: Dušan Vlahović, 'the breadcrumb trail' and non-penalty xG22:19: Manuel Locatelli passing, passing and passing into the Final Third30:38: Mikkel Damsgaard, Claudio Ranieri and Goal-Creating Actions37:42: Lautaro Martínez and his favourite pastime beside scoring goals: final third pressures
Chelsea's Cobham Academy with Orlando Ashton
John Terry and Ron Harris to Reece James, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount; Chelsea's academy has a long and storied history of producing top-level first-team players.But what about those coming through now, the next crop?Joe speaks to The Chelsea Spot's Orlando Ashton about the club in its current incarnation, as well as the famed Cobham academy which has had so much success in recent years.08:19: How can Thomas Tuchel get the best from Kai Havertz?13:11: Will Thomas Tuchel focus on youth?16:21: What makes Cobham different?21:18: Iké Ugbo26:56: Armando Broja31:06: Conor Gallagher34:30: Billy Gilmour40:15: Tino Anjorin46:15: Jude Soonsup-Bell
Second Tier Scouting with Lee Scott
The Championship, Segunda División, Ligue 2, Serie B and 2. Bundesliga - they are leagues stacked with talent.Joe and Lee take a look at some of the teams vying for promotion from the second tier currently boasting under-23 players we may be seeing in the top flight sooner rather than later.2:42: Bafodé Diakité (Toulouse)12:52: Mohammed Bayo (Clermont Foot)19:44: Vitaly Janelt (Brentford)26:08: David Raum (Greuther Fürth)34:11: Samuele Ricci (Empoli)44:25: Samú Costa (Almería)
The RSC Anderlecht Rebuild with Ben Jackson
34-time Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht are in a bit of a slump.Last season, they failed to compete in European competition for the first time since 1964, sliding to 8th in the Belgian Pro League.But all is not lost. Under Vincent Kompany, the Brussels-based club boast a string of exciting under-23s from the club's famed youth academy, which is known to have produced Youri Tielemans, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku among others.Joe is joined by Belgian Football Podcast founder Ben Jackson to discuss where it went wrong, and how the rebuild is taking shape.04:28 - How does the Belgian Pro League work?8:02 - Anderlecht: Past and Present12:04 - Anderlecht's financial troubles and young squad16:46 - Anderlecht's style of play under Head Coach Vincent Kompany19:13 - Albert Sambi Lokonga: ball-progressor-in-chief27:47 - Yari Verschaeren: winger, attacking midfielder and Anderlecht's next hope?33:54 - Lukas Nmecha: City loanee and penalty spot hero39:45 - Anderlecht and Manchester City - Kompany links to exploit?41:53 - 18-year-old Jérémy Doku's €25 million move to Rennes 44:39 - Kompany to the future?
Dynamo, Shakhtar and Ukraine with Andrew Todos
This week, we're in Eastern Europe, where Viktor Tsygankov has been involved in nigh-on 120 Dynamo Kyiv goals at the age of 23, and where a Portuguese-speaking contingent to rival Wolverhampton Wanderers has emerged at Shakhtar.It is also the land of the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup champions, but what has become of the winners of that tournament two years on?Joe is joined by Ukrainian football expert Andrew Todos - founder of Zorya Londonsk - to discuss the country's big two and decorated young players.5:22: Shakhtar's Portuguese-speaking contingent and a changing of the guard10:54: Marcos Antônio and Tetê16:56: Manor Solomon20:33: Dynamo Kyiv's title challenge22:58: Viktor Tsygankov29:45: Vitaliy Mykolenko34:12: Illya Zabarnyi + Denys Popov38:01: Vladyslav Supriaha + Bogdan Lednev43:18: 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup winning team - Where Are They Now?51:46: Best of the Rest (Ukrainian Premier Liga), Anatoliy Trubin, Pape-Alioune Ndiaye + Allahyar Sayyadmanesh
Standout Stats: Premier League with Mark Carey
There's more to life than plain old goals and assists.This week on the Scouted Football Podcast we're joined by Mark Carey - data analyst at The Athletic and co-host of the Football Fanalytics pod.We're talking goals, assists, defensive actions, dribbling, carrying, xG, xA - the lot.7:14 - Dominic Calvert-Lewin, what's changed at Everton and the importance of xG17:23 - Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden and Expected Assists24:20 - Mason Mount, xA, the relevance of 'key passes' and the set-piece caveat31:51 - Trent Alexander-Arnold, losing possession and the creative drop-off38:58 - Why are defensive stats often possession adjusted (pAdj) and why is it important?43:59 - Declan Rice, pressing and Passes per Defensive Action (PPDA)48:34 - Adama Traoré, Pedro Neto and Wolves' world-beating collection of dribblers, or carriers
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