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Succession Planning

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  • 01 Oct 2020

    Think ahead

    A player hears the advice, “think three steps ahead,” thousands of times by the time she or he is 10 years old. Every notion of a pass needs to come with a consideration of the next pass, the subsequent movement off the ball, and the best counterpressing option. We’ve found it’s crucial to have the […]

  • 17 Sep 2020

    Measured Expectations

    Every season brings with it high hopes and expectations and this year is no different, especially for academy players looking to break through into the first team. On average, the Premier League has 26 debutants each season but what are reasonable hopes and expectations we should set on these players once they break into the […]

  • 30 Jul 2020

    Three players too many

    Covid will put pressure on expenditure this summer, so it helps to have evidence to weigh up different cost-cutting measures. One obvious way to do this is by reducing the size of a club’s senior squad – the question is by how much?


    In the big 5 European leagues this season, there were a total of […]

  • 21 Nov 2019

    Upward mobility

    Two points off Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga, Real Sociedad are flying high under Imanol Alguacil this season.
    Alguacil’s managerial career started out at Sociedad in 2011, where he worked his way up through various positions in the youth team setup to become manager of the B team in Spain’s third […]

  • 14 Nov 2019

    Buying potential

    When signing new players, it is tempting to make a judgment based on their past performance – after all, the only concrete data we have about a player’s performance is what they have done in the past. However, ideally we should base our decisions on a player’s future forecast performance, not his past performance.

    Our previous […]

  • 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 […]

  • 30 May 2019

    O Gaffer, my Gaffer!

    Maritime tradition states that a captain holds the responsibility for the ship and everyone aboard. If the ship starts sinking, the captain is expected to be the last one to leave, providing quite the incentive to keep ships afloat.

    For organizations not cast out to sea, alignment of incentives between “ship” and “captain” becomes paramount […]

  • 25 Apr 2019

    Peak Tottenham

    A lot was made of Tottenham’s ‘failure’ to sign any players during the summer window. That there were no new faces adorning the club website was often seen as a sign that the club would fail to match their recent high standards.

    Yet here we are with it currently looking likely that Tottenham will virtually match […]

  • 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 […]