Ekkono’s player selection criteria in youth football scouting are summed up in the formula T+MASC. While we’ve discussed this topic in greater detail in other courses and documents, here we’ll clarify that the letters “M”, “A”, “S”, and “C” refer to aspects related to Motor skills, Availability, Smartness, and Commitment respectively. The letter “T” at the beginning of the formula stands for Talent.
When observing young players to identify those with the highest potential, we aim to spot those with Talent, meaning those who display an exceptional level in a specific skill, ability, or competency crucial for present and/or future football performance. This process is fundamental in youth football scouting. We don’t have the space here to delve deep into each of these aspects, but an example can help. Ousmane Dembélé (a winger who plays for Paris Saint-Germain) has been able, since a young age, to change speed while dribbling the ball. He always excelled in this specific skill, surpassing all his peers (though he didn’t always leverage this advantage, and he’s likely still learning to maximize it). This is an example of a football skill he’s always displayed way above the average. We’ll refer to such displays as Talent and will always select an individual possessing it.