Category archives: Stat Analysis

  • Player Analysis Part 5 - Central Midfield

  • In Search of an All-Rounder As football tactics progress the term 'Central Midfielder' becomes progressively more ambiguous. I mean it was never the easiest possession to pin down - even with a t he good ol' 4-4-2 there would be a more attack minded CM, or perhaps two box-to-boxers a la England's failed Gerrard/Lampard connection - but now, with the popularity of the 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, who or [...]
  • Player Analysis Model Part 4 - The Wide Men

  • The Disadvantages of Looking in Obvious Places This week, we look at a selection of the best pl ayers currently plying their trade on the wings, and the timing couldn't have been better. Because, if the rapidly increasing number of reports are to be believed, Manchester United are about to part with around £34m to procure the services of the Fiorentina winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado. Without b[...]
  • Player Analysis Part 3 - The Defensive Midfielder...

  • ...Or Hunting the Mythical Beast An interesting, mysterious creature the defensive midfielder. It's existence is known to us. Sightings are reported with some regularity. But acceptance and knowl edge are two very different things. For what do we really know about the DMC apart from the fact that it tends to make it's home somewhere in between the defensive and midfield lines? Ultimately our v[...]
  • Player Analysis - Daley Blind The Next Big Thing ...

  • ...Or Blind Leading the Blind ? (Sorry) The World Cup, the grandest footballing casino known to man. Here scouts are tasked with finding their employers the next big thing in World football. An e xhilarating task for sure, but one riddled with pitfalls. Potential suitors are judged and (over)valued over a maximum of 630 minutes pitch time (if their nation gets to the final) playing alongside a[...]
  • The Importance of Finding Balance Devastated. To describe myself in one word it would be, dev astated. Atletico were about 3 minutes away from winning the European Championship and heavily cemen ting my belief that being an unfathomably wealthy club is not the only possible key to success in football. And then a blink of an eye later Gareth Bale, the most expensive footballer in the world, we[...]
  • An Ode to the Upsetting of the Applecart (WARNING. THIS ARTICLE UNNECESSARILY USES FLASHING IM AGES. NO BULLSHIT) All hail to Diego Simeone. Have you ever seen a deck so stacked? Away to Barcelo na, only 450 supporters allotted tickets for the game, two valuable players taken off injured before half time and yet Atletico Madrid still managed to get the point needed to secure their first La Li[...]
  • It's Not About How Much You Have, It's About What You Do With It Possession, possession, poss ession. What are we to do with you? As analytics slowly but surely continues to permeate mainstream football analysis it's possession that seems to be the figurehead behind which the movement advances. It's the common talking point between match commentators - the teams' possession % flashes up on t[...]
  • Three horses remain as we reach the final furlongs of the race for the Premier League Crown. We a nalyse the passing networks of Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City to see how they have got this far and search for clues as to how the title may be won.And then there were three. Man City's draw against Arsenal necessarily dashed any hopes of bringing the Premier League crown to North London, and s[...]