Report: Chelsea's distinctive approach to discover football hidden gems - The Chelsea Chronicle

Report: Chelsea's distinctive approach to discover football hidden gems

Chelsea have reportedly taken a rather unusual path to scout players; from disguising as fans to using codes which has helped them discover football hidden gems.

Football talents are a big commodity and clubs are competing to get their hands on potential football stars from across the world.

It was Chelsea’s scouting department who spotted the likes of Billy Gilmour, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Andreas Christensen who have now developed into first-team players.

The club scouts also picked the Chelsea academy graduates in their early ages and are now a major force under Frank Lampard.

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Interestingly, the Blues have a unique way to deploy their scouts in search of football hidden gems.

Most clubs will receive complimentary tickets where their scouts will then sit in the fancy seats. Chelsea, however, explicitly warn their scouts to keep a low profile while watching players, according to the Athletic.

Chelsea reportedly do not request formal accreditation and usually buy tickets in the stands to keep the scouts from being noticed.

The report also said Chelsea scouts often use pen and paper instead of iPad or smartphones which are mostly used these days.

The Blues have gone even further by developing their own “language” with codes and abbreviations which no one out outside the club understands.

Gerry is a Chelsea supporter who has more than five years of experience in online publishing. He started out writing for Chelsea fan blogs during his high school years, before writing for several local sport news outlets. After graduating in NCTJ-accredited sports journalism MA at the University of Sunderland, he has worked as a freelance writer for The Chelsea Chronicle since 2020. He is a big fan of football statistics and strongly believes that sooner or later, the xG Gods always catch up. He is also a proud member of Michael Ballack fan club.