Former West Ham United star Don Hutchison has a keen eye for a player in his role as a pundit working across Europe’s top leagues.
The ex midfielder had two spells with West Ham and knows what supporters expect.
Hutchison has been a pundit since his retirement and has spent several years commentating on Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A matches.
Hutchison’s European knowledge falls on deaf ears
As a result his breadth of knowledge about the game across the continent and the players is well informed.
But when it was put to Hutchison that he should impart some of that knowledge on West Ham’s co-owner David Sullivan and co, he admitted he has tried and failed to do exactly that.
“They don’t listen mate,” Hutchison replied to a West Ham fan who suggested he give Sullivan ‘some gems’.
“They all have analysis guys who feed them all the numbers!”
They don’t listen mate,they all have analyse guys who feed them all numbers!
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) July 16, 2019
Owners overhauled recruitment
Hutchison is right, Sullivan pledged to overhaul the club’s recruitment last year.
Part of that was bringing in a large video analysis department, revamping the club’s scouting network and hiring director of football Mario Husillos.
West Ham’s transfer business and conduct since has improved immeasurably.
It is interesting to see former players like Hutchison trying to help their old club out.
Indeed he may even save the Hammers some money in the long run if he spots players before they make a real name for themselves.
Hutchison does think the club has done good business landing Sebastien Haller, read full story here.
Don’t fix what isn’t broken
One solution of course would be for Hutchison to try and get a job on West Ham’s scouting network.
Then the club would have to listen to his opinion on players.
That may be easier said than done, though, given the tight ship West Ham seem to be running nowadays.
And as the old saying goes ‘don’t fix what isn’t broken’.