Throughout the past five to ten years of watching Manchester United, I had thought of myself as one of Scott McTominay's biggest fans. The Scotsman is often over-criticized when he doesn't play well, and under-praised in the big matches where he's always a central figurehead. But then out of nowhere, at the height of Scott McTominay's resurgence, a fairly well established Twitter account tweeted about the glory of Scott McTominay, causing quite the stir among the tactics and analytics community. . So with that, I analyze just how good Scott McTominay actually is, and whether or not we should be thinking of the Scottsman along the lines of @EBL2017, in line with the outrage sparked from the tweet, or somewhere in the middle. Here is my analysis of how good Scott McTominay might just be.
Ahead of the 2022-23 season, fans and pundits from across the globe questioned Brentford's ability to survive. Even despite a positive start, many remain convinced that the Bees will be struck with 'second season syndrome', where supposedly, the Premier League becomes much more difficult to survive. But following a formidable 4-0 win over Manchester United, Thomas Frank clearly has the keys to unlock any opposition defense, and should be set for another season of success. Here is our analysis of Brentford so far this season, and their potential to challenge for a top-half finish this campaign.
The 'Tempo Setter' is a unique player type to our system, taking into account the possession-based players that operate in a 'number 8' position, and thrive when given the ball in the half-spaces. Youri Tielemans, Christian Eriksen and Jordan Henderson feature as some of the best within the role from an emblematic perspective, perfectly exuding the cucumber coolness required. But the likes of Thiago and Tchouaméni also stake a claim despite their extreme exceptionalities on the ball, due to the high influence they present in keeping the game moving along from a withdrawn position. Beyond the streamlined skill of Thiago, they tend not to be the flashiest of players in their teams. But 'Tempo Setters' are key to setting the tone of a football match, and conducting the orchestra from start to finish. Quite simply, without their class and composure in possession, the whole entire musical production could crumble.
After examining fourteen Premier League sides, we are getting closer to the truth. Bundesliga Tax may very well be a real thing. Whether it's the nature of players signing from the league in comparison to others, or simply something wrong with their ability to adapt, players coming over from Germany's top flight have ranked consistently lower than players arriving from other leagues. Our data illustrates player performance on a range of statistical categories in and out of possession, whilst aiming to utilize our Role Continuity System in establishing important traits and characteristics specific to a player's role.
The Euros have officially kicked off! This week the Futbol Masterminds break down everything going on in the Euros so far, with a special look at the first seven matches of the tournament taking place between June 11th and June 13th. Follow @futbolmasterminds on Instagram to see more of the show and subscribe via Itunes and Spotify!
It's almost the end of the year, so it's only fitting that we count down the top 100 footballers of 2019. Check out the start of the list (90-81) below. 90. EDIN DZEKO 33-years old now, Edin Dzeko is still scoring goal after goal game after game. The 2018-19 Serie A season wasn't the Bosnian's … Continue reading Top 100 Male Footballers 2019 (90-81)
The Mastermind brings you an exclusive guide to every single Premier League team going into the highly anticipated 2017-18 season. From lineups, to transfers to the wackiest of predictions, The Mastermind has you covered. Here is your guide to the club who have put up the biggest fight in challenging the eventual title winners in … Continue reading 2017-18 Premier League Team Guide: Tottenham Hotspur
Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 80-61 80. Roberto Firmino Roberto Firmino has been desperately close to making this list so many seasons in a row and now has finally cracked our end of season Top 100 list for the first time! The Brazilian forward has been so consistently stellar for Liverpool this season, just providing Liverpool … Continue reading OFFICIAL: Top 100 Footballers 2016-17 (80-61)
The 2016-17 Premier League season has officially come to a close so now it is time to bring you our final Team of the Week. Enjoy! Goalkeeper: Jack Butland Jack Butland made 6 saves and 3 claims on the final day of the season to ease Stoke City to a 1-0 draw against Southampton, helping … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 38
The 2016-17 Premier League season is coming to an end after what was its busiest month of action in April 2017. Instead of the usual 3-4, some teams played 6 games, some even 7, making this a crazy month inside of the Premier League. The ones who were able to standout over the course April even … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Month: April 2017
What an entertaining round of fixtures Matchday 26 was in England's top flight. Although two matches had to be postponed due to the EFL Cup final between Southampton and Manchester United, there was still more than enough excitement for all to enjoy. Spurs and Chelsea both grabbed massive results as they continue to battle it … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 26
Gameweek 21 in the Premier League was tremendously entertaining this weekend with a host of surprising results and entertaining matches. Tottenham, Chelsea and West Ham all thumped their opponents while Ronald Koeman's Everton came to a surprise 4-0 bashing of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. Through all the incredible matches there were several standout players and these … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 21
It's finally over. Chelsea's incredible 13 game winning streak has finally come to an end at the hands of Mauricio Pochettino and Dele Alli's brilliance as Tottenham Hotspur claimed to a 2-0 victory. That incredible result was just one of many entertaining matches this weekend though and through all the incredible moments there were some … Continue reading English Premier League Team of the Week Gameweek 20