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by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 18:42
Forum: The Team
Topic: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread
Replies: 34
Views: 6162

Re: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread

And for my hat trick (I'm for for a bit now, I promise), here is more evidence of xG/analytics making its way more and more into mainstream media. Statsbomb (one of the leading and probably the best football event data providers and consultants) have been looking back at key games from Man Utds 1999...
by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 18:36
Forum: The Team
Topic: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread
Replies: 34
Views: 6162

Re: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread

I also posted a number of scatter charts profiling full backs, which promoted a good debate over POTS candidate Yiadom. Similar charts have now been built into a nice article titled Profiling Ball-Playing Centre-backs in the Championship by Ram Srinivas and RFC fan PannasandNutmegs
by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 18:26
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Financial Fair Play
Replies: 278
Views: 21836

Re: Financial Fair Play

Tbf we’d likely make a very big profit on Moore, Swift, Meite, Barrow and Yiadom if we did sell If we’d sold Moore for 10m last year when we could it’d blown your argument away a little The players we got rid of it we didn’t make a profit on because they were rubbish generally. We jut haven’t sold ...
by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 18:17
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Financial Fair Play
Replies: 278
Views: 21836

Re: Financial Fair Play

I really wonder what is in it for the current owners. I guess when you are so ridiculously wealthy that it doesn't matter then you can do stuff that doesn't make financial sense. Perhaps Dai Yongge is one of these compulsive business men who just likes taking on a challenge much like some of us mig...
by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 18:10
Forum: The Team
Topic: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread
Replies: 34
Views: 6162

Re: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread

For people still uncertain about how the right application of analytics can benefit football, there is an excellent* long read on the NYT on how Liverpool's success in recent years has been supported by their research department . They have been the smartest club in the country, which is the only re...
by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 18:06
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Financial Fair Play
Replies: 278
Views: 21836

Re: Financial Fair Play

And following that up - its obvious how bad we have been at buying players, but we have been equally bad if not worse at selling. We sold 3 first team players season year, and here are their individual transfer fee P&Ls according to Transfermarkt (since all figures are in €s, values where one tr...
by Brain Traysers
23 May 2019 17:36
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Financial Fair Play
Replies: 278
Views: 21836

Re: Financial Fair Play

Looks like we bet the farm after losing the play off final, and er... lost. Hindsight makes it appear pure madness to spend so much money on wages/transfer fees the same year as the parachute payments ran out. Teams like Swansea have taken a much more conservative approach, by aggressively shrinking...
by Brain Traysers
10 May 2019 22:33
Forum: The Team
Topic: Championship free agents... who would you have?
Replies: 50
Views: 3320

Re: Championship free agents... who would you have?

SCIAG Saw Kebano play for Fulham U23s and thought he looked promising, if a little raw. Then someone told me he was 27.

Don't think we have very much chance with Fer, who will surely go to a top-flight club somewhere.


This is the same Kebano that used to start on the bench when Fulham had Aluko...
by Brain Traysers
08 May 2019 17:03
Forum: The Team
Topic: Next Season's Squad.
Replies: 529
Views: 24187

Re: Next Season's Squad.

Don't mean this as a dig at Meyler, but seeing him tweet about 'be seeing Andy Rinomhota soon' etc, does remind you how much the board etc have to do in the next couple of weeks. Letting the ooc players go is the easy bit. Finding willing takers for players in contract on good money, even if lettin...
by Brain Traysers
07 May 2019 17:21
Forum: The Team
Topic: Next Season's Squad.
Replies: 529
Views: 24187

Re: Next Season's Squad.

Ouch. . . (Trivia: In 106 season, anyone know where we ranked in wages in Champ that season?) Is it 10th though or is it that we are more transparent in our accounting? How, for instance, how do Boro cunjour up over 50 mill for transfers when their attendance's arnt much better than ours. I do t ev...
by Brain Traysers
06 May 2019 18:02
Forum: The Team
Topic: Next Season's Squad.
Replies: 529
Views: 24187

Re: Next Season's Squad.

The issue is that in any one season you'll have a number of teams receiving parachute payments and a few more whose owners are rolling the dice and spending significantly more than they earn. So even if Reading were able to boost their income up towards those of the 'big boys', in all likelihood ou...
by Brain Traysers
06 May 2019 17:45
Forum: The Team
Topic: Next Season's Squad.
Replies: 529
Views: 24187

Re: Next Season's Squad.

If we are serious about squaring the books this summer, I think every player will have to be reviewed from a value for money (wages) position - that puts huge question marks around any players outside of the first 11, but on first team wages. I'd say top of that list are Gunter, GMac, Baldock, McSha...
by Brain Traysers
03 May 2019 00:58
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Danny Loader conundrum
Replies: 96
Views: 5643

Re: The Danny Loader conundrum

Moussa Dembele is more similar case than Maddison imo - he scored bucket loads for Fulham youth teams (and seemingly always against us), broke through at the same age as Loader - 11 league games in 2014/15 (as an 18 year old) for 330 minutes and 0 goals 0 assists. Next season he forced his way into ...
by Brain Traysers
02 May 2019 19:11
Forum: Club Policies
Topic: Financial Fair Play
Replies: 278
Views: 21836

Re: Financial Fair Play

Probably a bit too tinfoil hat, but I wonder if the increasingly tight capital controls by the Chinese authorities (essentially making it more and more difficult to get money out of China) will have an impact on the number of of Chinese owned football clubs (2 in PL, 4 in championship). Aside from t...
by Brain Traysers
29 Apr 2019 17:18
Forum: The Team
Topic: BFTG - Boro (A)
Replies: 58
Views: 4351

Re: BFTG - Boro (A)

So you're saying a scuffed daisy cutter to the keepers feet is better because it's on target than a pelter that has the keeper beat and hits the woodwork? NO The shots on target stat is a poor one because many so-called are barely pass-backs If only there was a better stat available for measuring t...
by Brain Traysers
27 Apr 2019 01:15
Forum: The Team
Topic: Next Season's Squad.
Replies: 529
Views: 24187

Re: Next Season's Squad.

Most our corners are really poor but McClearys corners are the worst, little floaty corners either straight into the goalies hands or with such little pace no momentum is generated. Swifts aren’t much better mind, 9 out of 10 hit the first man or go off the pitch with the other one being a peach. S...
by Brain Traysers
27 Apr 2019 01:03
Forum: The Team
Topic: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread
Replies: 34
Views: 6162

Re: The only slightly more advanced than shots/possession statistics thread

Ram Srinivas ( @ramesss ) has provided another chart on Championship full backs, this time showing Yiadom as significantly different to Blackett/Gunter, with the second highest successful dribbles of all full/wing backs in the league, at 4.1 a game. Gunter and Blackett both hover just below the leag...
by Brain Traysers
25 Apr 2019 21:19
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Danny Loader conundrum
Replies: 96
Views: 5643

Re: The Danny Loader conundrum

I love how we still believe we need to bulk our players up. The English solution? Eat a bunch of food and lift weights. Some of the best players in the championship and premier league are not big or bulky. If you are smart, technical, composed and have a good burst of pace or awareness for space yo...
by Brain Traysers
25 Apr 2019 18:44
Forum: The Team
Topic: The Danny Loader conundrum
Replies: 96
Views: 5643

Re: The Danny Loader conundrum

While both currently youngsters, I don't think a comparison between the current Novakovich and the current Loader is fair. We shouldn't forget when Novakovich was 19 he was loaned out to Cheltenham in the Conference for an initial month, and didn't warrant an extension from his 4 appearances. At a y...
by Brain Traysers
25 Apr 2019 18:03
Forum: Rumours and Gossip
Topic: Rumour - Reece Brown
Replies: 19
Views: 1876

Re: Rumour - Reece Brown

It doesn't say that though does it? That's my exact point - it says Brown should go to Reading instead of Bristol City because City didn't give Eisa a chance after buying him. They refer to McNulty as outscoring Eisa last season, but fail to mention the exact same lack of opportunity narrative. Bot...
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