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  • 21 Sep 2017

    The football exchange rate

    Football’s global reach means the sport is uniquely positioned as having many high-quality leagues dotted around the world. Therefore unlike in the NBA or NFL – which are effectively closed leagues – understanding how performance translates across leagues is one of the single biggest challenges a club can face.

    This is particularly true when looking […]

  • 07 Sep 2017

    High-frequency trading

    As the dust settles from another chaotic transfer period, it’s important to assess how things went during the window. While it may take some time to evaluate our new signings, it is possible to evaluate our processes: the steps that led to all the bids, negotiations, and deals done.

    In our own review of the […]

  • 10 Aug 2017

    The point of Neymar

    As European football restarts after the summer break, club’s’ performance expectations have been realigned based on the extent of their offseason spending.

    While it is true that signings can often have a significant impact on a team, the points value of a new signing is generally overstated. One of the reasons for this is that league […]

  • 06 Apr 2017

    The impact manager

    We know from our research that, in the long run, managerial changes on average make little difference to the performance of a team. That isn’t to say, however, that smart hires can’t turn a struggling team around.

    When we look through our database of managers who did improve performance in their first 20 matches in charge, […]

  • 26 Jan 2017

    The right information

    In the final stages of the transfer window, where we might have three or four options to pursue, we are often faced with a deluge of information. It’s the result of days, weeks, and months of data and anecdotes collected from scouts, analysts, and external sources like the media.

    Imagine, for example, that these are some […]

  • 10 Nov 2016

    How many players do we need?

    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 […]

  • 23 Jan 2016

    A sign(ing) of success

    The success of new signings is often described in intangible or individualistic terms; that the new centre back “added leadership” in defence, or the new striker “scored 7 in 12”. There is often nothing wrong with these assessments per se, but too often there is no objective assessment of the player’s impact on the team’s performance.