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  • 04 Jul 2019

    How good will de Ligt be?

    When Matthijs de Ligt eventually signs for Juventus, for a reported €80m, the consensus opinion will be that they’ve bought the best under 21 defender in the world, and a player that is likely to become the best centre back in the world. But how certain can we be that this will be the case?

    How […]

  • 27 Jun 2019

    Three principles for player transfers

    Evaluating player value is difficult because there are a lot of unknowns. We can’t know ahead of time whether a player will adapt to a new environment, get injured, or fail to develop, so the downside risk to every transfer is significant. Equally, a player might develop into something much greater than what we expected […]

  • 20 Jun 2019

    How to get lucky in the transfer market

    “The stockmarket is a risky and complicated place. For more than a century many investors have trusted financial experts to pick the best shares for them, in return for a hefty fee. But even the experts can get it badly wrong” wrote The Economist earlier this month. And while decisions made on a trading floor on stocks […]

  • 22 May 2019

    Do you really need a number 9?

    When recruiting new players, the first thing that comes to our mind is usually their position. When we try to articulate what players we are looking for, it’s natural to think along the lines of “we need a striker who can drop deep” or “we are looking for a fullback who is great at overlapping […]

  • 11 Apr 2019

    Lazy recruitment

    In recruitment, we value certain performances more than others. A commanding midfield display against a bottom-of-the-table team is worth less than a similar performance against a title contender. But as long as this process is subjective – and as long as we don’t know how much each performance is actually worth in terms of how […]

  • 04 Apr 2019

    The needle in the haystack

    With the ever-increasing efficiency of the football transfer market, we are more and more focused on finding undervalued talent to get an edge on our competitors. This frequently involves identifying the one hidden star in a relegated squad, the proverbial needle in the haystack.

    The problem is, headline stats can struggle to identify these unheralded […]

  • 07 Feb 2019

    Our own Frenkie de Jongs

    Football clubs over the last twenty years have operated under a simple business model: win matches, and the fans, sponsors and prize money will follow. And yet while these income streams are bigger than ever, clubs all over the world are now increasingly dependent on a fourth source of money: the transfer market.

    According to UEFA’s […]

  • 31 Jan 2019

    A wheeler-dealer you can trust

    When hiring a head coach, besides looking at performance and playing style it is useful to look at their previous record in the transfer market. While their role in the recruitment process might vary from ‘actively involved’ to a ‘pure coach’, we can infer from the data how they have handled different recruitment scenarios.

    For […]