Sports Interactive have made significant changes to the scouting reports and features in football manager 2012. The system has been improved in every edition however this year SI have taken things that one step further. With permission from clubs employers this years game has actual data from real scouts covering a range of areas.
Let's start by looking at the opposition scouting report, you'll see much in the same message from your next opposition scout as before however now when you go into the report you get much more depth and input.
Firstly when you open your scouts opposition report you now get this lovely 'Strength Overview' screen which shows you the top three players at the club in each position giving you an insight into the clubs key players. Very handy if you are playing in a league you have no prior knowledge of or are facing new opposition you do not regularly feature against in the league.
On the next screen you can take a look in more detail at each position and the depth at invidividual positions, as it highlights here Everton's main depth and best players lie in the midfield with the combination of Fellani, Cahill, Rodwell and Osman as central midfield figures.
You can navigate around the different positions on the pitch graphic to study all the positions in great detail on the graphic on the left side of the screen which looks like this
Next up you move onto the Team Comparison tab, another new addition to the scouting reports now available, which gives you various comparisons between the two clubs ranging from average age to height/weight, international caps in squad and how many players are unavailable.
You can then move onto view the team comparison in more detail splitting it down between the team as a whole or in separate positions of Goal Keepers, Defenders, Midfielders and Attackers. These reports show you where yours and your opponents strengths and weaknesses lie and will help you prepare tactically to exploit your opponents weaknesses and play to your strengths.
For example, Everton have better strength and work rate compared to Arsenal however Arsenal are superior with there first touch and passing abilities with both teams level pegging on decision making and will be able to use there attacking acceleration and pace well against the Everton defence.
Next I will cover the tactical analysis, goal analysis and last match tab sections.
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