Manchester United have swooped to sign scouts Dave Harrison and Lyndon Tomlinson from Manchester City, reports the Daily Mail.
United are proud of their history of producing talented young players. From the Busby Babes to the Class of 92’, the club boasts an impressive record of nurturing youngsters into the stars of the future. The academy – as well as scouting system – is crucial to this.
However, United have been going through a bit of a lean spell at the moment. Instead of producing talent of their own, the club is purchasing world class players for extortionate amounts.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard are the exceptions but the current squad is filled with foreign players bought for huge amounts rather than academy graduates.
Lean Times for Youth Production
One of the main problems for the sudden break in the flow of youngsters into the United first team was due to the scouts not spotting talent. To solve the problem, chief executive Ed Woodward completely restructured the club’s scouting programme, making 50 new appointments.
While United have stagnated in terms of producing young talent, City are thriving. Their wealthy owners invested heavily to develop a state of the art youth structure. They overhauled the recrutiment department, as well as implementing a worldwide scouting system.
With rivals rapidly improving, United snapped up Harrison and Tomlinson. The pair join the Old Trafford payroll in January.