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  1. That always is an ALWAYS. A true Gentleman.
  2. Cowshed

    Runners!

    Best 10k was 34 minutes, half marathon 1.24 I no longer take part in races due to age meaning I was far off my best and I had little motivation to run as slowly as I was, and was becoming . Still run several times a week but just to maintain a level fitness.
  3. No that's the expectation. The rating would be .6. A Harry Kane may outperform that figure but the value is based upon a top level average.
  4. xG values alter in line with divisions ..
  5. If people simply look at xG it has to cloud judgement. Teams with high xG can finish anywhere in the league because it does not include defending passing etc. Combine xG with defending and you have what's called the e rating. A low xG and a miserly defence? Afobe was outperforming the xG. He was scoring above expectation from the chances created. Would he have continued in the same form? xG here could suggest caution. The expectation has to be no. He is not Messi so would start missing more chances, looking at history elsewhere he was outperforming his norms.
  6. Yes stats are used to provide benchmarks to work with, but this is a positive. It drives performance, target setting is healthy. The psychologist Bill Beswick put great emphasis on goal setting, information, standards and how these should be exciting positive challenges to meet and improve. Stats are just one means along side other forms of communication to drive improvement. Think of this as like being a runner improving by fractions of second but with footballers it will be working on differing elements of their game - marginal gains. In regards to 30 yarders you may have mistook what I meant. Maradonas goal v England is so untypical its validity to be measured is questionable. 30 yard volleyed top bins again its questionable. Measurements tend to be created v average, average teams, average players, average performances norms not outliers. This then identifies if players are performing above or below expected standards. If your pressing teams CM can do six miles plus get rid, or he improves, if your CF can't hit he target over a significant period from where he should, why? Its not witch craft, its very logical. Messi ability was coached into him via academies and La Masia. His unique ability is the result of thousands of hours, year upon year of intense, integrated training supported by coaches and science which most individuals cannot adapt to - That could be his unique.
  7. xG is useful. It can provide a historical basis to review a players performance be that over or underperforming. If a player is underperforming, why? Data can assist assessing if the decline is technical and tactical. Yes different companies and clubs use differing xG's. xG can omit penalties, free kicks, thirty yarders as irrelevant. It is not what is being measured. What is relevant is the patterns of play the team use x an individuals ability. A teams xG can be different based upon its crossing and to who. Teams again may consider this to be irrelevant as they go to feet rather than heads v other placing great emphasis on their expected xG from crosses and set plays.
  8. I am not sure if I understand your post … Technology is now part of FA coaching badges. Coaching tutors do units on communication. Todays players are different and they use means of communication that did not exist decades years ago. Coaches and Managers are expected to know what they know - Be able to evidence base their knowledge. A player will have taken x amount of shots, ran x amount of km/s over a sample period or they have not. The data is a fact. The data is not biased. That evidence base can be used/is used to confront bias not reinforce it. We as humans communicate differently and have differing learning styles. And there stats are a supportive analysis tool. Yes.
  9. That is not how xG stats really work. They are not calculated over 25% of the season. In reality xG stats are supportive. Interesting as a topic here for discussion but used differently elsewhere. Stats are used to support e.g. does this player really cover enough ground, really make enough key passes, really pass the ball consistently well, score enough … Support to eyes of the Manager coach and to the player. As humans we all have bias in our views. Its natural. We focus in extremes, and form views via our experiences and opportunities which are not necessarily fact. Players and Coaches and Managers can have differing bias due to cultural drivers. Stats merely help to level our bias.
  10. Yes. His distribution, his technique and his range of techniques to distribute the ball are superior to most Keepers below the Premiership. That is two thirds of a modern keepers game.
  11. Playing simple, quick and early … There was a spell in the first half where he was constantly positioning himself in the centre of triangles .. It was like a Busquets of the championship with cooler hair.
  12. The Preston player jumps initially with his arms up as you are coached to, and early as you are coached to do. He would be less able to head ball if Bakers position was better. Preston win a ball inside the six yard box where Citys CB's and Keeper should be controlling the space aggressively. Its poor defending.
  13. I have read the posts. The player does not consider himself to be superior to the recipient. There is no prejudice. The recipient liked the joke. This is not racism. That people want to place this in the racism box … Well this is wrong. If you join a footballers feed to read footballers banter expect to read footballers banter. Don't want to .. Get off it.
  14. Its is relevant. Context is relevant, it has to be. It was a joke between friends. The recipient liked the joke. There is no racism, its affection. Outside the interaction people are offended. People want to now harm the reputation of an individual for? Nothing. Have a think about that mindset.
  15. All I have done is highlight somethings that can be improved. I wouldn't post I would be amazed if they had not because my certainty that all players work on their touch etc goes beyond that. Its a constant. This is my opinion formed by listening to and studying many coaches with knowledge, experience and qualifications I can only dream of. Many skills are formed during formative years, players footballing ability to learn new skill does not cease but decreases with age. If high levels of skill are not formed by the players teens the further acquisition of skill becomes harder. We hear about players being natural goal scorers, ever heard of a player being described of having a natural first touch? You won't, it is formed by thousands of hours of intense practice forming neural pathways and muscle memory. The player in question could improve further but that improvement is based upon what the player already possesses. Famara has been here for years. He came with a questionable touch, he will leave with? I will go with a questionable touch.
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