The Football Analyst used the renowned Football Manager database to run a number of A-League players through simulations that relate to real-world footballing scenarios. Check out who ended up where...
The Football Analyst uses the renowned Football Manager database to run simulations that relate to real-world footballing scenarios. The database is comprised of 650,952 players and non-players, is kept up to date by a scouting network of over 1,300 researchers across the world and has predicted the success of players such as Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski and Neymar years before they were known to the majority of football fans. Each person listed in the database has over 250 individual pieces of recorded information.
It is this attention to detail and level of footballing knowledge that led to the database being used by Prozone, pioneers in performance analysis, who work with football clubs from across the globe – including Champions League and World Cup winning teams. The Football Manager data is used as part of Prozone’s Recruiter tool that enables clubs to intelligently recruit players –giving professional clubs a better chance of finding the next Messi.
Kosta Barbarouses - Guingamp
Barbarouses equips himself well to the European game with his good pace and acceleration combined with excellent technique and close control. He is best suited to being played as an inside forward – a role that allows him to utilise his strengths against the full-backs.
Barbarouses has his best season in Europe in Ligue 1 for Guingamp as he establishes himself as one of the team’s best wingers. He makes a total of 19 appearances for the club, scoring twice and creating three assists. He also earns an average rating of 6.87.
Louis Fenton - Rennes
Fenton possesses a great turn of speed as well as a decent all-round attacking and defensive game which makes him an exciting prospect for most managers looking to strengthen at full-back. The only question mark is over his mental attributes but he’s only young and these should improve as he furthers his career.
The simulation suggests that Ligue 1 might be the best league for Fenton to do that as he holds his own in one of Europe’s top leagues. He is signed by top-half side Rennes and, although he is forced to wait for his first-team opportunity, he impresses when he’s given a place in the starting eleven. In total, he makes 27 appearances and scores once as he earns an average rating of 6.96. Most impressively of all, Rennes keep more clean sheets when he’s in the team than when he’s out of the team.
Scott Neville - De Graafschap
Neville has a good set of mental, physical and technical attributes and would be a solid addition to a number of European defences and his high level of natural fitness and stamina means he would be well suited to the long, draining seasons in European football.
Neville’s best season comes in the Eredivisie with newly promoted De Graafschap and he provides some much needed stability in defence for a side that is currently bottom of the league. With Neville in the starting line-up, De Graafschap concede fewer goals and create more chances and although it is ultimately not enough to save them from relegation, Neville quickly becomes one of the team’s key players. Neville’s stats for the season are: 29 appearances, two assists and an average rating of 7.07.
Devante Clut - Excelsior
According to the simulation, Clut’s best destination in Europe would be the Eredivisie. He joins Excelsior with the club sitting in thirteenth place and in need of some attacking inspiration – the club were the third lowest scorers in the league when Clut joined. By the end of the simulation, Exclesior were the eighth lowest scorers after Clut has a positive impact on the team’s attacking play, scoring five goals and assisting a further three times.
Clut’s biggest weapons are his long range shooting ability and competent passing play which leaves a number of Eredivisie defences unsure whether to close him down to prevent the shot or to attempt an interception any potential pass. The stats show that three of Clut’s goals came from outside of the penalty area as he gained a reputation over the course of the season for attempting spectacular shots from distance. Clut cements his place as a first-team regular as Excelsior finish the season in eleventh.
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