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Scouting & Recruitment

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  • 19 Sep 2019

    The price to pay for talent

    A lot is discussed about player wages and the eye-watering sums they receive in compensation for their performances on the pitch. Recently released salaries in Serie A revealed Cristiano Ronaldo earns €31m per annum – 74% more than the second-highest earner – 20-year-old Matthijs de Ligt (€8m).
    But how important is our league when it comes […]

  • 30 Aug 2019

    Talent factories

    Powering international trade is the idea of “comparative advantage”: a country benefits by concentrating on the commodity that it can produce most efficiently, exporting this good, and then using the proceeds to buy in the commodities it is less efficient at producing. Even if another country is more efficient all-round and can produce everything at […]

  • 21 Aug 2019

    Doing more with less

    We all know that money has a big influence on our team’s performance; we can only dream as high as our budget allows us to do. Nevertheless, there are still teams that punch above their weight. What lessons can we learn from the most efficient teams in the world?

    Our Efficiency Rankings enable us to compare […]

  • 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 […]