Scouts take an important position in your staff. These are the guys that will try and find the next Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but could also be very helpful when you would like to know more about clubs, certain players or your next opponent. In this Guide I will try to explain the different sorts of scouts you could need at your club, which attributes these scouts need to have and how to assign them properly. After you read this guide, you will have an idea how to build your team through scouting and how to weapon yourself against your opponents.
First we will look at the Attributes we think every scout should have at least 15+ on (if possible and depending on the club you are managing).
JUDGING PLAYER ABILITY
This attribute is needed for your scout to judge a players current ability. A scout with a high value for this attribute will give you a quicker and better analysis and will be able to tell you if this player is recommended to sign or should be avoided.
JUDGING PLAYER POTENTIAL
This attribute is needed for your scout to judge a players potential. Do you really have the next Messi on your shortlist, or isn't there much potential left? A scout with a high value for this attribute will give you a better analysis.
A determined scout will never give up whilst on a scouting trip. Although this attribute has never been confirmed by SI, we think that determination is an important attribute for scouts to have. A scout without determination could stop too easily whilst on a scouting trip. But a scout with high determination will motivate himself to find more players.
If you want a scout to spend most of his time in a foreign country looking for talented players, he will need to able to adapt to different cultures and lifestyles of those countries. Although it has never been proven or confirmed by SI, we believe this attribute to be very important for scouts who travel the world. Learn more about setting up a scouting network in the world.
Not all your scouts should be given the assignment to look for new players. One of your scouts should be assigned to scout your next opponent. He will not only rate the squad and the star players, but he will also give you tactical advice. The scout will give you a report on likely formations, style of play, types of goals scored, conceded and where their assists are likely to come from.
If you send your scout on a long scouting trip around the globe, the scout needs to keep finding the motivation to keep on going. Although this has never been proven or confirmed by SI, we believe this attribute to be important for long scouting-trips.
An attribute which is needed for your Chief Scout (if you have one) who is responsible for setting assignments for your scouting team.
DIFFERENT SCOUTS FOR DIFFERENT JOBS
When you are managing a club it is advised to sign different types of scouts. It will not be necessary to sign 20 scouts who are all roaming the planet looking for a Lionel Messi-clone. You will have to be smart and sign scouts for different jobs.
For example the scout who will scout your next opposition. For him it will not be necessary to be abroad for a long time, so adaptability or motivation will not be an attribute he would need. Make sure he is able to judge a players ability as it is important for you to see how strong your opponent is. Another attribute that is very important for that sort scout is Tactical Knowledge, as he will need to be able to spot weaknesses in the tactic/formation of your next opponent.