Ones to Watch at The Africa Cup of Nations

Written by Max Taylor and Philippe Stengel, Data Visualizations by Jamie Kirke Over the next few weeks, 24 countries will compete for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, seven months after its initial delay. The likes of Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez will headline this year’s tournament, but who are some other names to keepContinue reading “Ones to Watch at The Africa Cup of Nations”

Scouting Victor Osimhen

By Breaking Down Each of His Goal Contributions So Far This Season There’s an incredibly exciting group of young center forwards across European football progressively developing their game and rapidly growing in stature. The two obvious names are Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who have rightly been mentioned alongside some of the world’s best forContinue reading “Scouting Victor Osimhen”

Continuing Crystal Palace’s Summer Rebuild

At the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season, Crystal Palace were in a precarious position. Back-to-back 14th place positions, the departure of long-serving manager Roy Hodgson, and the loss of 9 first-team players to expiring contracts (including Andros Townsend, Gary Cahill, and Patrick Van Aanholt) forced Palace to hit the reset button – andContinue reading “Continuing Crystal Palace’s Summer Rebuild”

Matías Arezo – Scouting Report

Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan, Radamel Falcao and…Jackson Martinez? When Atletico Madrid show interest in a South American striker, you know they’re normally going to be a success, so when the Spanish champions were linked with Matias Arezo earlier this year, heads started to turn. Nicknamed ‘El Bufalo’, for reasons that’ll become apparent later,Continue reading “Matías Arezo – Scouting Report”

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”