There used to be a song about much-loved Manchester City captain Richard Dunne that went: “He’s here, he’s there, he’s every f***ing where, Richard Dunne”.
The same can be said about Manchester City’s scouts now, or perhaps more accurately, City Football Group scouts, with the elaborate network of clubs sharing resources and information on players from around the world.
A good example of just how far-reaching the City scouting network reaches comes from Belgium – with City set to have a representative at a second tier game between hosts KFCO Beerschot Wilrijk and visitors Cercle Brugge on Saturday night.
Beerschot have confirmed that Manchester City filed a scouting request, with Phil Robinson asking for two tickets. Robinson is the International Youth Scouting and Recruitment Manager at City, and used to play for Aston Villa and Wolves, among others.
Robinson’s job is to detect and recruit young talent, although Beerschot are not sure who specifically he will be there to watch.
The most valuable player at the club, worth £630,000 according to Transfermarkt, is Venezuelan international goalkeeper Rafael Romo, who doesn’t even belong to them – he is on loan from Cypriot side APOEL.
24-year-old striker Euloge Placca Fessou, a full Togo international, has scored 8 goals in 18 appearances this season, and is one example of who Robinson may watch, perhaps to recommend to a CFG club if not Manchester City.
The Belgian club, who are currently 3rd in Belgium’s First Division B (the second division despite the name), are beaming about a big club like City coming to watch their players and have made it publicly known with a statement on their official site.
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