19 Apr, 2022

The Key to Consistency: Tracking Footballers’ Statistical Profiles Across Seasons

19 Apr, 2022

Elliott Stapley takes a look at the issue of variability across players’ statistical profiles season on season. The analysis in this article began with what I thought was a relatively simple question: how can Crystal Palace go about replacing Conor Gallagher? In the end, I never really answered this...

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04 Apr, 2022

Is “Culture” a Decisive Factor in Head Coach Sackings?

04 Apr, 2022

Jeremy Steele investigates the impact of national cultures on head coaches’ careers. Last week, in the course of working on some analysis for one of our Coach ID clients, we delved into some data gathered by CIES Football Observatory regarding the average length of head coaches’ stay at football...

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28 Feb, 2022

Breaking the First Line: Quantifying the Risk-Reward of Progressive Passes in Build Up

28 Feb, 2022

Elliott Stapley looks for a way to quantify the benefits of progressive passes in the build up phase. “Pep hates these full-back to winger passes because they don’t offer progression, but I used to do them with Messi a lot and he’d be annoyed.” – Dani Alves Inspired by...

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03 Feb, 2022

Premier League 2 or Going Out on Loan: Which is Best for Developing Elite Players?

03 Feb, 2022

Josh Hobbs looks at the impact of Premier League 2 for developing talent within English football. The development of young players is always a hot topic in football. Clubs are constantly seeking that elusive model which will result in the best success rate for producing first-team ready players. Meanwhile,...

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24 Jan, 2022

Finding a Midfield Replacement for Everton

24 Jan, 2022

James Nalton uses TransferLab to find some potential midfield replacements for Everton. Despite the ongoing turmoil at the club, Everton have still managed to sign two players this January in positions where they have long needed reinforcements. But there is still one key area they need to address. Whether...

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29 Dec, 2021

Cameron Toshack: Coaching by Numbers

29 Dec, 2021

The arrival of data and analytics at football clubs has brought a lot of introspection and changes to the way that clubs operate, especially in the area of player recruitment.  We are often treated to behind-the-scenes snippets from sporting directors and analysts. However, coaches have been conspicuous by their...

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22 Dec, 2021

Do Some Leagues Overpay for Talent?

22 Dec, 2021

Josh Hobbs looks at whether some European leagues are spending too much on the players they sign. In a recent article looking at the relationship between squad age and performance, I was able to show that there is no correlation between age and performance. One of the conclusions from...

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09 Nov, 2021

Does an Experienced Squad Mean a Successful Squad?

09 Nov, 2021

Josh Hobbs looks into the relationship between success and squad ages to see if there is any correlation between age and performance in football. With speculation swirling around his future, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made a very interesting selection decision for their recent game against Tottenham Hotspur. The...

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03 Nov, 2021

Measuring Transfer Success Through Goal Difference Added

03 Nov, 2021

Josh Hobbs returns to his ‘Measuring Transfer Success Through Minutes Played’ article to see how TransferLab’s Goal Difference Added metric can clarify the findings. Last month, I published an article with Analytics FC looking at the idea of measuring transfer success by minutes played. The piece was inspired by...

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18 Oct, 2021

Measuring Transfer Success Through Minutes Played

18 Oct, 2021

Josh Hobbs explores one way of quantifying successful transfers through looking at ‘Minutes Played’. Speaking at the recent Statsbomb conference at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool Football Club’s Head of Research, Dr Ian Graham, made the claim that, statistically speaking, over 50% of ‘big transfers’—defined in this case as those over...

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