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 […]
- It’s natural in life to want new things; such is the world we live in today. But as football’s summer transfer window reaches its climax, I was curious to find out how many new signings actually turn out to be an immediate success.
- The difficulties in managing the contractual position of a squad is one of the main obstacles to achieving long-term success at a football club.Buyout clauses, extension options, achievement-based salary bumps contingent on team-based performance: just some factors that must be considered within the wider context of helping the team win in the long run.
- 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?
- So far in the Premier League this season, 74% of minutes have been played by players who represented the same club in the 2013/14 season. That’s equivalent to around...