Season 2013/14 – Prelude

23 Jul
July 23, 2013

Will he stay or will he go?

Due to a work related hiatus we haven’t posted in a few months but with the approaching football season we’re looking forward to changing that. As with many other authors it is hard to pin one’s colours to the mast until the transfer merry-go-round has come to a halt. The conclusion to the Wayne Rooney transfer saga, in our minds, will in all probability prove crucial to the outcome of the title race. He is likely to provide Chelsea with the goals they require to become viable championship contenders. Should Rooney depart Old Trafford, United will have to replace him with a genuinely World class player if they are to remain competitive in the short term. Fabregas has a goal scoring record that is superior to any of the current incumbents of United’s midfield but where is the wisdom in signing a player who has expressed his desire to remain in Spain? It is unlikely that this issue will be resolved until Barcelona appoint their manager, ironically leading into a season where 7 of the 8 clubs that head the Champions’ League market will be under new stewardship.

From our own prospective, we will be looking to collect data in the coming season to enable us to compliment some of the great analytical work that has been published elsewhere. The hub forming at www.statsbomb.com looks particularly promising and should bring a new dimension to the title races for an ever growing audience.

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