New Scout Has Over 1,600 Targets
New Chief Scout Lil Fuccillo says he has a database of more than 1,600 potential targets for Swansea City.
Fuccillo, who joined the club a fortnight ago from fellow Championship side Newcastle United told Wales Online about how Kevin Reeves departure hindered Paulo Sousa's start as manager at the Liberty Stadium.
When Reeves left to join Roberto Martinez at Wigan, our scouting system disappeared instantly and we were left struggling to target the right players to join the club, ahead of the pre-season preparation.
“Kevin did a fantastic job here, but naturally he took all his stuff with him,”
“That might be an issue if I wasn’t bringing all my info from Newcastle with me.
“I have a list of 1,652 players as things stand. They have all been looked at and there is a database Paulo can look at with me.
“I was here, there and everywhere with Newcastle, looking at players all over the world. But I also have a very good knowledge of the British market because it all depends on what the club are looking for.
“I’m not saying they are all good players or that they are all ideal for Swansea. But I can tell you now there are some targets who will fit the bill for both Paulo and the chairman.”
He explained his database system in more detail, he added:
“At Newcastle I had three lists; A, B and C. List A was players we wanted for the Premiership, list B was players we needed to look at a bit more and list C was players we didn’t want.
“I showed the lists to Paulo and he was happy with what he saw. Obviously list A options are out of our budget and something we need to look at if we move to the Premiership, but a lot of the list B players ticked the boxes for Swansea.
“There are players who are both affordable and good for the Championship. We will start going through that list and see where we are in January.”
The Swans struggled to bring in new players and Sousa had to cope with that, plus the fact he was missing key players in Joe Allen, Darren Pratley and Ferrie Bodde.
It took us until the last week of the Summer transfer window to sign new players. Craig Beattie joined from West Brom for £500,000 and Lee Trundel joined him on loan from Bristol City.
We also brought in Austrian youngster Besian Idrizaj, Trinidad and Tobago defender Abu Bakr and Dutch winger Cedric Van Der Gun.
Fillippo explained how difficult it is for a club to be without a scouting system:
“It’s a dangerous position for any club to be in,”
“To be without a scouting system for two months, an entire transfer window, is a nightmare scenario.
“You don’t want to be making panic signings because you don’t really know where to look. Fortunately Swansea haven’t done that, but I understand why it was a difficult summer for them.
“But now we can use the loan market and start planning for January. There are a couple of players I have already spoken to the chairman about.”