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  • 16 Apr 2020

    Teenage F(i)X

    It’s rare to find a peak-age player playing in a league or team so obviously above or below his level, but this can happen all the time with teenagers, who can remain undiscovered by the wider market for a significant period of time. As such, it becomes even more important to be able to compare […]

  • 27 Feb 2020

    Fix your weaknesses

    In the 2012 Champions League semi finals, Barcelona faced Chelsea. Barcelona, managed by Pep Guardiola, were widely heralded as the best team in the world, perhaps even one of the best teams in history, whereas Chelsea were finishing their worst domestic campaign in a decade. However, Guardiola found himself out of options when trying to […]

  • 20 Feb 2020

    Take a chance on me

    Buying a young player always involves risk. Making a move for them before other clubs means less competition for their signature and often secures a lower price. But judging a player based on limited game time can make getting it wrong all the more likely. As with financial investments, stepping into the market for young […]

  • 13 Feb 2020

    Second Best Leagues

    The best players tend to play in the best leagues, teams in the big 5 are often constrained to a much smaller pool of players than weaker teams elsewhere. Since 2013, 44% of transfers to the big 5 have been from other big 5 leagues, at an average price of £9.6m – all other transfers […]

  • 06 Feb 2020

    Where to find the next Mbappé

    Young talent has never been in such high demand. Transfer price inflation for under-21s is over 50% higher than for peak-age players. The more and more clubs look to identify players at source – before they’ve made a mark in senior football – the more and more important it is to understand the dynamics of […]

  • 30 Jan 2020

    Player Portfolio Theory

    Money has poured into football over the past decades, transitioning football clubs into football businesses. Savvy owners and operators are acutely aware that club business performance actually depends on sporting performance. And as a result, we’ve found that owners have started evaluating on-pitch talent like an investment portfolio. 

    Global football is more connected today than ever […]

  • 23 Jan 2020

    Clubs that beat the market

    In the Summer of 2017, Liverpool signed Mohamed Salah from Roma for around €40m. A few months later, they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for €120m. Two years later, it is hard to argue that having Coutinho was three times better than having Salah; whereas Salah led Liverpool to the Champions League title and to […]

  • 16 Jan 2020

    Insights from Asia: One step at a time

    Takumi Minamino’s journey from Japan to Merseyside has, on the face of it, been relatively simple.  Starting his professional career at Cerezo Osaka in his native Japan, it has only taken two transfers to find himself part of a Liverpool team rated as the strongest team in the world by almost everyone, including 21st Club’s […]