Imagine that this winter your squad had a player who you believed to be overvalued. Perhaps he’s a “Match of the Day player” who you suspect doesn’t contribute as much as his highlights suggest. He might be a defender who makes last-ditch tackles that only give away corners, or an ageing player who is enjoying […]
Implicit in all the decisions around player trading and youth promotion is a prediction about the depth of squad needed to compete during the season. Some clubs hope to go deep in all competitions, others are content at prioritising the league.
Given the average footballer’s annual pay is a deeply material cost to the club, it […]
- In 1984, Liverpool famously used just 15 outfield players in a 66-match season. 12 of those individuals played in over half of those matches, with just 3 fringe players coming in for cover.Football has unmistakably changed; large squads are now the norm and rotation is an accepted part of the game. However, teams still rely on a ‘core’ group of 10 outfield players competing in over 50% of possible league playing time, while the 15th most-appearing player on average plays about 25% of possible minutes.
- Sets the right pre-season expectations, based on the right metrics.Implements long-term strategies, rather than relying on short-term tactics.
- The season has ended for many teams around the world, and our Evolution blog will also be taking post-season break. Over the last 10 months, we’ve been sharing our own thoughts and ideas as to how football clubs can achieve competitive edge and build sustainable success.
- Take a blank piece of paper and a pen. Draw a line down the centre, and then intersect horizontally to produce a matrix. Add an arrow to each line, pointing up and right as follows:
- The January transfer window is now closed, the rolling Sky Sports tickers stopped, the rumour mill shuttered (for the next 48 hours anyway). All that is left for us to do is watch and see whether any of the myriad new signings across European football will have an impact.
- With 71 days until the January transfer window opens, many teams are beginning to tilt the blinds and assess their options. The winter window is very much ‘level 2’ in the game that is transfer dealings - gone are the summer comforts of infrequent matches and ample negotiating time; enter injuries, premium prices and an all-or-nothing approach.
- One of the major perils in football analytics is the temptation for boosters to resort to “scientism” to make their case, the belief that all troubling questions in the sport have an absolute answer grounded in irrefutable (and sometimes not yet discovered) scientific evidence.
- It’s easy to forget about your fringe players. When your season largely rests upon the actions of 15 to 18 key individuals, you can quickly lose focus on the purpose of the rest of the squad. We all recognise that squads need depth, but what type of profile is required for your backup players?