Transfer window dilemmas for Leicester City

George Ball @GeorgeBall95

What a season 2015/16 was for Leicester City. Claudio Ranieri’s team surpassed all pre-season expectations and secured the Premier League title. But what happens now for Leicester? They have the additional challenge of the Champions League, and will attempt to defend the title. Before that there is the small matter of the summer transfer window. Looking at Leicester’s squad and the unprecedented position the club finds themselves in, there are a number of issues which make it this transfer window, and those that follow it, crucial to the future success of Leicester City.

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Interview with Professional Data Analyst Joel Salamon

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk

Do you want to work in professional football as a data analyst? Well, hopefully this can help you. SideLineTeamTalk conducted a short, casual interview with professional data analyst Joel Salamon about his job in data analytics with the aim to help aspiring analysts find out more about how to get into the field of professional data analytics in football.

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Expected Goals Explained (xG)

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk


In recent weeks I have started putting together my shot database to compile enough shots to work out xG. I’m putting a lot of time into it at the moment so posts have been few. I thought that I’d explain what expected goals is and my model.

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Football’s Hard Men and Vinnie Jones

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk

In terms of breeds of footballers my favourite are the ‘Hard Men’ of football. You wouldn’t want a team full of them but one or two to solidify your midfield or defence is, in my opinion, something I’d want as a manager. They’re hard working, great leaders, cult heroes and will constantly win the ball from the opposition.

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How Easy is it to Play in the Premier League?

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk


How easy is it to play in the prestigious Premier League? You can imagine it’s probably quite difficult. But, this article aims to show how summer signings by Premier League sides in the 2015 summer are doing after 12 games in the PL. The idea isn’t to show how good a player is as such but how their performances in England have differed from their previous club.  All players I analyse have never played in England before.

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Jamie Vardy – Overrated?

Luke Griffin@SL_TeamTalk

Premier League top scorer after 12 games. Scoring in 9 consecutive games, breaking the Premier League record for one season. Transfer rumours to Liverpool, Spurs, Man United, Dortmund, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Fantasy Football star and one of the most talked about players in the Premier League at the moment, famous for his non-league roots. And now valued at £15 million. How good is he?

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