Matt Lewis has become a lead positional scout at Norwich City, moving from his role as the club's head of performance analysis.

Lewis takes up the role as the Canaries establish their switch from scouts focusing on specific locations to scouts focusing on positions. He becomes one of three lead positional scouts, with the department split into defenders, midfielders and attackers.

That change was made by head of recruitment Lee Dunn, reports Training Ground Guru, along with recently-departed sporting director Stuart Webber. They were inspired by Chelsea's current co-sporting director Paul Winstanley, who deployed the system at former club Brighton.

Kamil Nowak is also a positional lead after moving to Carrow Road from Burnley in October last year, as is former Hertha Berlin and Arsenal scout Leonardo Scirpoli.

The trio will team up with a parallel group of technical scouts, who will focus on video and data while the positional scouts specialise in live assessment. That group includes former Aston Villa scout Robbie Thelwell, Matthew Kimber, who joined the club last month having worked for Lincoln, Burnley and Wolves, as well as ex-Manchester United recruitment analyst Mike Haines.

There are no plans for City to replace Lewis in his previous role, having recently hired Connor Cole and Billy Wright in that department from Southampton and Watford respectively.

The Norfolk side's move to a positional focus comes as new sporting director Ben Knapper arrives. He operated within the same type of system as Arsenal's loans manager, and is known to be a big believer in the power of data within football.

Norwich have often promoted from within in significant backroom roles, with Dunn given the head of recruitment role having been head of performance and recruitment analysis under previous scouting chief Kieran Scott.

Scott became Middlesbrough's head of football in 2021 and has received plaudits for his role in their improvement, appointing highly-acclaimed head coach Michael Carrick shortly after his arrival.

City's recruitment record in recent seasons has been poor, with Webber taking significant criticism for a disastrous 2021 window in Scott's absence.