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Author: Iain Macintosh

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Journalist and author Iain Macintosh tells us how he uses Wyscout.

“You have to remember that you are not a scout,” an established journalist once told me. “Your job is to write about the game you see, or to write about the people that you meet. Don’t kill yourself trying to know everything about everything. You can’t.”

He was right, of course. And I wish I’d known that earlier. Time is a precious commodity and I’ve wasted far too much of it trying to watch all the football. People sometimes wonder why journalists don’t spend all day watching football, given that it’s…you know…their job and everything. But the truth is that all the other bits of the job get in the way, not least because sports desks are running with dramatically reduced staff levels these days.

There’s the writing, for example. That takes time. The reading, the travel, the phone calls, the stopping to think about stuff so that you don’t make mistakes. But tools like Wyscout can make it easier to at least keep abreast of the important things. And here are four ways it helps me.

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1.THE GOALS

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Every national league has a section where you can watch all of the goals on a week-by-week basis. Technically, this means that you could select the Albanian League and, click by click, watch every single goal from the 2015/16 season. But it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have that much free time.

Instead, when I can, I like to take a bit of Monday morning and spend it watching the goals from Spain, Italy, France, Germany and the US because I’ve developed a bit of a fetish for MLS football. Ally that with a read of the Guardian’s weekly round-ups, Gab Marcotti’s musings on ESPNFC and Twitter follows of the usual suspects (Rafa Honigstein, Julian Laurent, James Horncastle etc) and you’ll be nicely up to date.
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2.THE GAMES

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As we’ve already established, you don’t really get to spend the whole day watching games of football, but it is possible to grab an hour here and there. The option to watch matches without interruptions is a godsend. By removing the stoppages, you can watch most games in approximately 65 minutes.

By doing something as simple as scribbling the names and positions of players on a notepad, you can reinforce the memory of where everyone actually plays. And if you’re really pushed for time, the highlights option is there too.
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3.THE PLAYERS

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While it’s certainly true that journalists aren’t supposed to be scouts, it is nice to know a little bit about incoming players. Breaking up the footage into appropriate sections is very useful. When Sunderland signed Lamina Kone, I knew exactly the sort of player he was because I’d watched the aerial challenges section of his page.

Uncompromising is the word I found dancing on the tip of my tongue after ten minutes spent watching that. I suspect that Sam Allardyce watched the same highlight reel.
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4.THE REPORTS

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I have to confess, I don’t entirely understand some 70% of the match reports. As my bank manager will testify, I’m not particularly good with numbers and I’m happy to leave the heavy stats to those who can handle them while I focus on tortured similes and puerile jokes. But the average position markers, both of the players and of the lines of defence are always useful.

Being able to quickly compile five games worth of data and discern little thing like, for example, how high Roberto Martinez is making everyone push up at Goodison Park, has occasionally made me sound far smarter than I actually am.

Iain Macintosh is in France for ESPNFC and would like to point out that Wyscout have never paid him a penny.

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Iain Macintosh
Is a football writer for ESPNFC and the editor of  The Set Pieces

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