Omar Chaudhuri

Economics student, football-obsessed & creator of 5 Added Minutes.

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Man United | the serial sideways passers

Man United | the serial sideways passers

Barcelona’s setting of the gold standard in ball retention has helped spawn a series of fascinating statistics that have quantified their art. OptaJoe on Twitter delivered a telling statistic on Barca’s puppeteer:
20% - Just one in five of Xavi's passes in La Liga went forward. Crab.
It’s initially surprising given the influence he exerts, but less so when you consider the value Barcelona place on possession. On a broader, team scale, Manchester United are the most reluctant team in …
The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

The worth of Charlie Adam set pieces

[caption id="attachment_2947" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Charlie Adam"][/caption] Last month’s piece on the value of chance creation over the course of a season showed that there is some logic behind Liverpool’s decision to respectively sign and target Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing. Does the rationale extend to Charlie Adam, the Reds’ latest purchase? Although creating a healthy 64 chances in the league last season (Downing 85, Henderson 82), 45% of these came from set pieces (Downing 31%, Henderson 40%). The original analysis focused …
The attractive versatility of Ashley Young

The attractive versatility of Ashley Young

Ashley Young’s decision not to sign a contract till the summer has proved to be a masterstroke for the England international. With only 15 months remaining on his current deal, he’s made himself a realistic option for England’s top clubs, namely Manchester United. There are still those, however, who aren’t quite sure of what Ashley Young’s best role is. With pace as his most obvious strength, many feel he is best suited as a winger. Others will point to his …
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