Middlesbrough FC Premier League club heads to Ghana in search of talent

Group led by Thiago Cruz will meet with an agency and figures from some of Ghana's biggest clubs

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A delegation from Middlesbrough’s scouting set-up are jetting to Ghana this weekend looking at ways to tap into talent in the West African nation.

A group led by Thiago Cruz, Boro’s Head of Academy Recruitment, has planned meetings with a leading sports agency and big wigs from some of Ghana’s biggest clubs.

The plans are at an early stage but it is hoped a partnership can be developed that will help Boro spot rising stars early in their career.

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According to reports, the group will fly in on Saturday for a three day exploratory mission and will meet with executives from Eleven Sports Management - a well established global network founded by former Wolves and Manchester City striker Mel Eves, one of the first licenced football agents in the 1990s.

Boro hope to expand their scouting network on the continent and will also meet Ghanaian FA and club chiefs and influential journalists.

There won’t be any quick dividend on talent though.

 

Work permit restrictions make it almost impossible to sign non-internationals from Ghana while almost all the current senior team already their trade in the highest levels in Europe.

But making valuable contacts now could give them the inside track on potential future talent.

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Recently departed Albert Adomah was on the fringes of the Ghana side. He earned 18 caps and travelled to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil before falling out of favour.

Ghana’s stars include West Ham’s Andre Ayew and brother Jordan, at Aston Villa, and Chelsea man Christian Atsu, on loan at Newcastle.

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