Sevilla Sporting Director, Monchi, believes we're reaching a point where engineers and physicists work with big data sets, driving decisions on signing players, and may be in more demand than scouts.
We're seeing more professional clubs building their data and research teams, tasked with modelling machine learning and analysis. Typically, such people come with PhDs and a strong grounding in maths and physics.
“Big Data and artificial intelligence are two names used by any club that wants to grow,” he told EPC Tracker. “Lately, more than scouts, we started looking for engineers, mathematicians, physicists and experts in statistics or algorithms.