Norwich City: ncfc recruiting manager on signing players
5:00 p.m. January 3, 2022
Norwich City are “not lacking in ambition” for one of Stuart Webber’s top recruiting assistants, Mariela Nisotaki.
The well-respected analyst is now the Canaries’ Head of Emerging Talent, since Kieran Scott’s summer departure resulted in an overhaul, with the responsibility of scouring domestic and overseas markets to identify young prospects.
City expect a calm January window, after record-breaking end-of-season spending Norwich sporting director Webber has invested in the region’s £ 70million signing a number of players including Milot Rashica and the loan duo Mathias Normann and Ozan Kabak.
But Nisotaki, who recently returned from a fact-finding mission to South America, reiterated that high-level survival is still the goal.
“I don’t think saying the club lacks ambition is the right thing to say,” she said. “This club is very ambitious. We want to improve, we have to do it, we are aiming for 100 pc. We try to do it our way.
“Maybe that’s not the common way, the way many other clubs operate, and so some translate it as a lack of ambition. It’s a different way as a self-funded club, trying to play with it. younger players.
“But that sometimes means when you play with younger players they make mistakes, but everyone here is working to establish this club in the Premier League. That’s our goal.”
City were one of the first English clubs to navigate post-Brexit rules for recruiting players based in Europe 12 months ago, with an initial loan deal for Dimitris Giannoulis.
Nisotaki, interviewed on the Training Ground Guru podcast, insists it remains a viable market.
“It has an impact. In football we probably haven’t seen the full impact, but that will change things, ”she said. “We want to see this as an opportunity. This closes some markets, where we were recruiting previously, but opens others, for example South America.
“Also with the younger ones you have to have the big picture. Sometimes you can appeal when they are under 21. We have to be open-minded and creative in what we do. The player is it in the national configuration, do they have senior minutes?
“But it’s not like it used to be when most were eligible to come. In fact, we saw it coming and we were preparing for it. It wasn’t a case in a transfer window, everything suddenly changed.
“That’s why we started looking for North and South America, but the top five leagues in Europe remain an important target for us, as well as international competitions. Europe remains the biggest market, but you have to adapt. ”