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Scouting & Recruitment

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  • 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 […]

  • 17 Jan 2019

    The hidden player

    Liverpool’s prospects of winning their first league title in 29 years have seemingly been hit in recent weeks by injuries in defensive positions. Fortunately for them, they have a couple of versatile players like Fabinho and James Milner who can capably cover for Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold. Their versatility helps negate the need for […]

  • 20 Dec 2018

    Younger, better, cheaper

    The best possible signing is when there was no one younger, better, and cheaper available. But do we know when this is the case?

    A global database of players can help. In an instant, it’s clearly easier to know who is younger than our current preferred option. Our player valuation and salary expectation models can […]

  • 05 Dec 2018

    An open door policy

    There is a moment in the closing stages of Matt Santos’ Presidential campaign in the seventh series of the West Wing where Santos’ campaign manager, Josh Lyman, and the Vice-Presidential candidate, Leo McGarry, are discussing where to allocate their remaining ad. budget.

    “It feels like we’re closing a lot of doors”, Santos observes as the discussion […]