System Adaptability is Great, Player Versatility is the Key — Graham Potter’s Brighton

If you’re a regular watcher of the Premier League, you are likely familiar with Graham Potter’s Brighton & Hove Albion. Now in their sixth consecutive season in the top flight (and their fourth under Potter), the club have become renowned for their savvy recruitment and innovative style of football — a style that has garneredContinue reading “System Adaptability is Great, Player Versatility is the Key — Graham Potter’s Brighton”

Cool players in cool roles that you should pay attention to this Premier League season

ManOnMonday010 We are so used to textbook roles that players are supposed to fulfill when they play in specific positions. Most would inherently prefer their wingers to play on their weaker-footed side so that they can cut inside. Our ideas of full-backs and wing-backs dictate that they should constantly overlap those wingers. But there isContinue reading Cool players in cool roles that you should pay attention to this Premier League season

Arsenal: Signing Zinchenko will take pressure off Tierney and Xhaka

Man On Monday 009 You can feel that Arsenal are moving in the right direction.  Despite their failure to qualify for the Champions League, Edu and Arteta have already managed to secure the signatures of players that address immediate issues. Gabriel Jesus, Fabio Vieira, and now Oleksandr Zinchenko each bring something the club specifically needed.Continue reading “Arsenal: Signing Zinchenko will take pressure off Tierney and Xhaka”

Christophe Galtier will do what many international sides are doing to win major cup competitions: implement a back-three

Man On Monday 008 Things had to change. PSG simply have too much money and talent on their hands to still have nothing to show for it in the Champions League. But this summer, rather than continuing to accept the outcomes of the last few years, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi shook things up. He firstContinue reading “Christophe Galtier will do what many international sides are doing to win major cup competitions: implement a back-three”

Analyzing the reaction to the June Nations Lague games 

ManOnMonday007 In the recent international “break” that saw star players like Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk complain about its purpose after a grueling season, several larger nations struggled. The two most notably poor performances came from England and France, arguably the two favorites for Qatar 2022. England looked stagnant and lost twice toContinue reading “Analyzing the reaction to the June Nations Lague games “

Chelsea’s summer will be busy. But expect more change than just new faces.

Since the turn of the year, the discourse surrounding Chelsea has been troubling and odd. Most Chelsea fans will admit to mixed feelings in regards to the Abramovich situation, but even more so towards the drab second half of the season. Sure, they reached two domestic cup finals, but the club’s entire ethos champions winningContinue reading “Chelsea’s summer will be busy. But expect more change than just new faces.”

Is Salah a striker or a winger? It doesn’t actually matter

On April 19th, Thiago and Mo Salah were on press conference duties after Liverpool’s 4-0 thrashing of Man United. Many of you probably saw the interview when it circulated on social media, mainly because Salah had said “they made our lives easy” (He cleared this up afterwards by claiming he had been referring to hisContinue reading “Is Salah a striker or a winger? It doesn’t actually matter”

Strengthening Southampton’s Frontline — Using Data and Video Scouting

In the modern era of the Premier League, Southampton have often been seen as the blueprint for how smaller clubs can establish themselves as midtable teams through an innovative transfer policy. They frequently take risks on less established players, usually between the ages of 22 and 26, allowing them to compete with clubs that wouldContinue reading “Strengthening Southampton’s Frontline — Using Data and Video Scouting”

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”

The unmatched versatility of Bernardo Silva

ManOnMonday004 Last season, Guardiola unearthed a gem in Joao Cancelo, who played a variety of roles in his Man City side, most notably as an inverted left back. This move saw him regularly move into midfield in possession, alongside Rodri or Fernandinho. It gave Ilkay Gundogan license to move further forward, leading to a club-highContinue reading “The unmatched versatility of Bernardo Silva”