Before the winter transfer window, Premier League clubs would have dispatched their scouts all over the world in search of the next big thing in football. However, it would appear that one particularly tenacious South American prospect evaded their attention. The entertaining video of Scotch the border collie playing the game Altinha on a Brazilian beach and displaying remarkable ‘keepie ups’ was viewed more than 485,000 times in the span of only one week.
As the dog and his three human companions love spinning the ball around, onlookers have been impressed by the dog’s deft talents. Scotch can be seen making passes by using the tip of its nose, which demonstrates that it is totally in sync with the flow of the game.
As the football season nears its ‘business end,’ the dog exhibits techniques that more than a few professionals might benefit from by displaying incredible agility as he launches himself into the air.
Even though none of the players manage to lose the ball while they are playing, Scotch deserves more praise than anyone else because he had to contort his body while in the air to return each pass. Border collies are well-known for their acrobatic abilities, high intelligence, and boundless energy. They were originally bred to work as sheepdogs.
In keeping with his usual demeanor, Scotch appears to be having a great time in the film as he wildly bounces around the beach with the stunning Brazilian coastline serving as a backdrop.
Because this level of skill is on display, it might be to the benefit of teams to consider unconventional options when the winter transfer period opens.