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  • 23 Sep 2020

    The true cost of a transfer

    A big challenge for leagues and clubs at the moment is to become more sustainable and efficient with the resources they have available. A majority of a football club’s revenue will be spent on a combination of transfer fees and player’s wages. Often these figures are reported separately but in reality club’s have a single […]

  • 10 Sep 2020

    Don’t waste a good mistake

    The push towards data driven decision-making demands that we base our future strategies on evidence and, as some of the biggest decisions a club makes, dealings in the transfer window are no exception. But how can we benchmark our transfer policy against other clubs’ when there are so many different factors at play? Without a […]

  • 13 Aug 2020

    Wage Equilibrium

    The recent acquisition of Konstantinos Tsimikas (£12m) by Liverpool continues to demonstrate their intentions on following the smart money in the transfer market. According to our models they’ve now signed two leading full-backs, including Robertson, in European football for less than £20m. How is it possible that they’ve managed to increase Tsimikas’s annual wage more […]

  • 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 […]