Pottypilgrim wrote:Dan Ellard wrote:jerryatricjanner wrote: Whether you prove to be right or wrong in the fullness of time Oldage you seem to have a very closed mind on so many issues. I have just read another interesting article about Leicester City's Scottish first team analyst. Brendan Rodgers read some blogs the then 19 year old had posted on a German football website whilst manager at Celtic. He invited him to Celtic Park and recruited him and then when taking over at Leicester brought him down from Scotland where the now 24 year old is apparently just one of the cogs that help make up a successful backroom team at the club. Without wishing to sound patronising sometimes we need to open our minds just a little before dismissing things out of hand.
Leicester also used analysts / analytics heavily the year they won the title.
Can I just re-iterate as well to all the doubters - analytics is everywhere in the professional game now. This idea that almost every other club has some bloke as a chief scout and nothing else couldn't be further from the truth.
Combining the two facts of "Argyle use analytics" and "Argyle have done badly this season" is a huge case of putting 2 and 2 together and making 5. Maybe we have capacity to improve the analytics side of things, either by process or personnel, I don't know. But this idea that we should scrap the scheme all together and go back to the old method because we've had one bad season is nonsense. If it isn't worth doing, why is almost every professional club doing it?
From a football perspective, almost smack bang in the middle of the Country and accessible to the majority of decent players. My issue with data analytics for Argyle is that we are not geographically smack bang in the middle of the footballing world and so are far, far less an attractive proposition for the best footballers, unless, like I say, we offer stupid wages.
Like you say, almost every other professional club is using the tool so the same players we want will probably be on their lists as well so where do you think the player is going to opt for? Its a waste of money for our club because of where we are. I'm not saying data analytics is a rubbish tool, I'm saying it does not work for us so bin it, save a shedload of money and adopt a different recruitment strategy.
Most of the decent players Leicester are signing aren’t nipping down from Manchester or up from London.
Riyad Mahrez, Ndidi, Tielemans, Ngolo Kante, Okazaki, Soyuncu, Fofana, Iheanacho, Vardy.
What these players have in common is that they were relative unknowns, cheap, but very good and very effective players.
They come from places like Algeria, Nigeria, Japan and Turkey, so I don’t think Leicester’s proximity to certain motorways proved a big deal in the grand scheme of things. They are arriving in the UK from these far flung places with nothing but a bag of clothes to get started with.
Bournemouth, Burnley or Sheffield United could have picked them up if their scouting was as good.