As Summer 2016 was Antonio Conte’s first transfer window as Chelsea manager, I was expecting a huge negative net spend. But Conte was more than happy to let the same team that won the Premier League and crumbled soon afterwards carry on. He did bring in a few players, but not as many as I thought.
In this article, I am going to be reviewing the teams in the top half of the Premier League using Michael Caley’s xG table and the two analytics graphs (attacking & defensive) that I created. The article also contains a preview/prediction of their upcoming Premier League fixtures.
If you’re interested in analytics and potentially following a career in it this interview with Sam Jackson (@Sam_Jackson94) is for you. Sam is currently Head of Research and Analytics at World in Motion. He started off with his own blog and got his job through that. He has also presented at the OptaPro Forum which is worth a watch, as well as recently appearing on Sky Sports. Sam’s niche is Goalkeeper analysis, something you don’t see often enough.
Francesco Sulas – @FraSulas
The summer arrivals of Pep Guardiola and Siniša Mihajlovic have coincided with a big revolution in their respective clubs. Both managers made it very clear how Manchester City and Torino should have managed the transfer campaign, and this also affected the goalkeeper position. Joe Hart didn’t seem to accommodate Guardiola’s possession-based style and the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona for a fee of £13.75m left the No.1 England’s goalkeeper with no alternative but to leave the club.
Julian Brandt is a young German international winger who plays for Bayer Leverkusen. He is a 20 year old who has already played over 3,600 minutes of professional football in a top league, along with 700 minutes of European football. Brandt has represented Germany at every level from U15 to senior level and is European Golden Boy nominee this year. He is definitely a player to watch in the future. Continue reading Julian Brandt – Statistical Profiling
The summer of 2016. Premier League clubs spent a colossal £1 billion on transfers. Established players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Luiz, Ilkay Gundogan, and Henrikh Mkhitharyan moved to England. Young stars like Leroy Sané, Gabriel Jesus, and Eric Bailly were also acquired by Premier League clubs. The most expensive transfer yet – Paul Pogba for €105 million – was made by Manchester United.
The chart above represents the players who scored 10 and more Adjusted Goals in the past three seasons.Adjusted Goals (AdG for short) is a metric I created. Its basically only goals scored in open play plus shots that hit the woodwork. Free-kicks and penalty kicks are not taken into account.