Brighton CEO sends defiant transfer message after Chelsea’s latest swoop for their recruitment guru

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Brighton CEO sends defiant transfer message after Chelsea’s latest swoop for their recruitment guru

Despite Chelsea signing two of Brighton’s top recruitment professionals, Brighton’s CEO Paul Barber says the club still intends to find hidden gems in the future.

Early in September, Graham Potter left Albion for Chelsea, bringing with him assistants Billy Reid and Bjorn Hamberg, first-team coach Bruno Saltor, goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts, and recruitment analyst Kyle Macauley.

This Thursday, the west London club revealed that they had also hired Paul Winstanley, the Seagulls’ head of recruitment. During his eight-year tenure with the south coast squad, Winstanley helped uncover talent such as Alexis Mac Allister, Moises Caicedo, Marc Cucurella, Yves Bissouma, and others, although not every transfer was successful.

Despite this apparent setback, according to Barber, while Macauley and Winstanley are now at Stamford Bridge, the talent discovery process at Brighton is currently under wraps.

Former recruitment employees do not have access to the club’s effective technique for identifying young, rising talents, according to Barber.

The Seagulls’ deputy chairman believes that the arrivals of Julio Enciso, 18, and Facundo Buonanotte, 17, are not the last prodigious talents to head to the Amex Stadium, and that they can still identify talents comparable to Marc Cucurella, who joined Chelsea in August for a fee that could rise to £62million after being signed for £15million a year earlier.

“The data is totally protected, they [Winstanley and co] don’t have access to our main database. They get access to data for specific players that we are looking at. Largely speaking Chelsea will be fishing in a different pond to us, at certain different levels of the market, so we have no concerns about that,” Barber told the Albion Roar podcast.

“When it comes to young players there are always going to be risks that knowledge is transferred but not data. And in any case, probably the world’s top 100 players are known to many, many different clubs, and what people won’t necessarily know is the key attributes that those players broken down from a statistical data point of view by the type of systems we use, that is the uniqueness. The individuals and data are not unique, it is how we interpret it that is unique.

“That is something that can’t be moved and will never be moved. From that point of view, we hope to continue to unearth the [Marc] Cucurellas, the [Moises] Caicedos, and the type of players that you are seeing coming in like [Julio] Enciso, [Jeremy] Sarmiento, and [Facundo] Buanonotte, all of these sorts of players have not been unearthed just by a human being, they have been unearthed by a series of systems we use to recruit the best young talent we can.”

Brighton CEO sends defiant transfer message after Chelsea’s latest swoop for their recruitment guru

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