Identifying talent is one of sport’s most competitive challenges. With a perpetual search for the next star player, the process of talent identification has evolved to become a major industry for clubs and independent intermediaries. This has seen a shift from “luck” to “design” via a more systematic, data-driven approach. Thanks to video and technology, scouting youth players across the world has become a lot easier and today, there’s virtually no limit to where and when intermediaries can look for players.

This blog series is a practical guide through the multiple tools on the Wyscout platform that can help intermediaries to become more efficient and more effective in their role. In this final part, we take a look at how intermediaries can take advantage of the Talent Center and Advanced Search tools to find the best young talents around the world.

Wyscout Talent Center is the perfect place to look for young talented players on Wyscout. A database of more than 460,000 players, Talent Centre allows you to monitor who are the most interesting players in the world through a combination of video and data – from the comfort of your place of work.

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4 steps to use Wyscout Talent Centre

  1. Access the platform, then open the App menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Click on “Talent Center” in the ‘Scouting and Transfer’ section.
  3. The first view shows players that, despite their young age, are already regular starters in their first teams (minimum 20% of total minutes in the current season).
  4. Advance your search further based on your additional criteria and set your custom filters, including competition, position, and birth date.
  • Club Debuts → U21 players that debuted in the first-team in the domestic league
  • National Debuts → Players that debuted at their Senior National Team
  • Breakthrough → Young players that started playing regularly for the first team for the first time in their career
  • Underage → Underage players that are playing in a category at least two years older than them
  • All Young Players → Select the countries where you want to focus and see the results.

5 steps to use Advanced Search

The Advanced Search tool can be used to set up a certain amount of customized filters in order to search a specific range of players within the Wyscout database.

  1. Access the platform, then open the App menu at the top of the screen.
  2. Click on “Advanced Search” in the ‘Core Products’ section.
  3. On the left-hand side of the screen, select those filters needed to find the players you’re looking for. Options include competitions, timeframe, position on the pitch, and dozens of customizable stats filters.
  4. On the top-right corner, click on the drop-down menu to select the preferred view, or choose which column to display by clicking on the near button.
  5. Lists on the Advanced Search tool can be exported by clicking on the “Export to Excel” button on the low-right corner of the screen.

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