Tactics have been transmitted to the players, set pieces have been prepared (or more likely not..) and opponents have been thoroughly studied. Then it’s game time and the manager sees his influence slip out of his hands. There seems to be only so much he can do during the 90 minutes. Walking impatiently along the sideline, shouting at the fourth official and handing notes to throw-in takers is probably not going to do it, but one of the obvious things he can do to try to impact an on-going game is to bring on substitute players. Little has been written on this matter, so here is my (first) try.
This blog was written on 26/4/2015, after Round 35 of the Premier League 2015/16.
You know that situation when you leave the pitch when your team is winning 2-1? At the end of the 90 minutes the opponents have turned everything around and won the match 2-3. Stubborn as you are you tell your manager and teammates that you DID win the game, having left the field in a winning situation.
Taking those situations into account we can calculate the effectivity of each player in his team: how many goals does his team score when he is on the pitch compared to when is not present? And what impact does he have on the total goal difference?
You know that situation when you leave the pitch when your team is winning 2-1? At the end of the 90 minutes the rival have turned everything around and won 2-3. Stubborn as you are you tell your manager and teammates that you DID win the game, having left the field in a winning situation.
Taking those situations into account we can calculate the effectivity of each player in his team. I did this for the Argentine Primera División. Starting simple, this is the general table of players:
Plenty of interesting things happened during this international ‘break’. Messi scored 2 goals in the 25 minutes he played for Argentina, Rooney became England’s all time leading goal scorer and San Marino scored their first official away goal in 14 years. Meanwhile in the USA, Brazil and the USA played a friendly game and Neymar added two more goals to his now grand total of 46 goals for la Seleçao. 46, traquilo. An incredible Continue reading →
In the Copa America match between Peru and Brazil today (14/6/2015) Neymar added another goal to his grand total of 44 for the Brazilian squad, making him the 5th highest goal scorer in the history of Brazil. He has scored those goals in 64 games, and that at the age of only 23 years and 135 days.
It will take some time for Neymar to reach the top-3 of this table, but it will make him appear among Pelé, Ronaldo and Romario, 3 players which are generally considered among the top players in the history of football.
Considering the young age of Neymar and comparing him to those 4 giants, we see that Neymar leaves all of them behind: