Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard: Contrasting no. 10s, Complementary Teammates

And how the two can help solve some of Arsenal’s most pressing issues By Max Taylor and Jon Ollington Arsenal and Mikel Arteta’s start to 2021/22 has been, to put it kindly, difficult. Three consecutive losses to start the Premier League season has piled the pressure on the Spaniard to quickly turn results around. ManyContinue reading “Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard: Contrasting no. 10s, Complementary Teammates”

Mario Vušković: Player Profile

After an impressive journey to the World Cup final in Russia, followed by taking Euro 2020 semi-finalists Spain the distance in the round of 16, Croatia are nearing the end of a loosely dubbed ‘golden generation’ of international football. This of course, was fuelled by the cohort of talent to have come through during thisContinue reading “Mario Vušković: Player Profile”

Identifying a Declan Rice Replacement – Using Data and Video Scouting

As a mainstay in the midfield of both West Ham and the first English team to reach a major tournament final in 55 years, Declan Rice has been attracting plenty of suitors in recent times. He’s been linked to both Chelsea and Manchester United for fees that could reach upwards of £100 million, and it’sContinue reading “Identifying a Declan Rice Replacement – Using Data and Video Scouting”

Patson Daka – Player Profile

Dominic Wells (@DominicWells_SJ) provides the lowdown on Leicester’s new center forward: In his only season with RB Salzburg (2019/20), Erling Haaland averaged a goal every 61.25 minutes in the Austrian Bundesliga. The man who replaced him, Patson Daka, performed similarly (albeit at a slightly lower rate), by scoring a goal every 72.29 minutes in 2020/21.Continue reading “Patson Daka – Player Profile”

Leicester’s Search for a New Striker: Four Possible Options, Using Data and Video Scouting

By Dominic Wells, Max Taylor, Brice Koval, and Phil Stengel There’s no player that encapsulates Leicester City’s 5000/1 Premier League title quite like Jamie Vardy. He battled adversity in the early stages of his career – juggling working a full-time job with his passion for football, before Fleetwood Town offered him a contract that could blendContinue reading “Leicester’s Search for a New Striker: Four Possible Options, Using Data and Video Scouting”

Ones to Watch at Euro 2020: Federico Chiesa

This summer, Top Bins Talk is partnering with FIVEYARDS for their Euro 2020 game. To enter, visit their site here – where you will see their list of Golden 50 – before picking 5 players who you think will increase in value the most over the tournament. You can then compete in the leaderboard toContinue reading “Ones to Watch at Euro 2020: Federico Chiesa”

Forward-Thinking From the Middle: Four young midfielders that emphasize the importance of ball progression

Building moves from deeper areas, zipping passes between the lines, driving through gaps and breaking the press, feeding runs into space, springing counter attacks, carrying into the attacking third — progressing the ball is an extremely important aspect of football. After all, the ultimate aim of the game is to move the ball closer towardsContinue reading “Forward-Thinking From the Middle: Four young midfielders that emphasize the importance of ball progression”

Ollie Watkins is quite good, isn’t he?

By Philippe Stengel and Max Taylor Before we start, we just want to say a big thank you to Victor Renaud (@victorrenaud5) for creating a graphic for the piece and Twenty3 (@twenty3sport) for allowing us to use two of theirs. Both create really insightful data visuals, and we highly encourage you to check out moreContinue reading “Ollie Watkins is quite good, isn’t he?”

The Ever-Evolving No. 10 Position: Four Premier League players redefining our understanding of the role

The Playmaker. The Trequartista. The Enganche. The Creator. The Number 10.  It’s a position as elusive as those that play it. A role that has birthed some of the greatest footballers in history. An area on the pitch so vital, so involved, and often where the magic happens: the slide-rule pass, the fancy flick, theContinue reading “The Ever-Evolving No. 10 Position: Four Premier League players redefining our understanding of the role”

Rodrigo De Paul: A Scouting Report

By Philippe Stengel and Max Taylor Football is a simple game. Silverware-winning sides have a multitude of players that contribute to their success, struggling sides don’t, and on the rare occasion, a team can attribute a large portion of their accomplishments to a single individual — a one-man-team, a carry job, a Jack Grealish atContinue reading “Rodrigo De Paul: A Scouting Report”