What’s the best way to identify talent? The statistics vs visuals debate

Watch enough high-level matches and one begins to appreciate the complexity of true player development – or at the very least, acknowledge it. The problem, however, is that many mistake appreciating the complexity of player development with understanding it. What makes player development fascinating is the fact it’s the ultimate inexact science. People find intrigue…

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Why we mustn’t force managers to change their style

Recently, I was at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and my mind couldn’t help but wander off to football. This moment came when I was inspecting Pablo Picasso’s Las Meninas collection. In 1957, Picasso painted 58 different variations of Diego Velázquez’s classic portrait which had been completed 300 years earlier. Velázquez’s original is a traditional…

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