I maintain a database of EPL players, using it to calculate ratings and performance stats for every player in the league.
3 games in, the starting line-ups are barely settled and the small sample of matches leaves a lot to chance. Nevertheless I’m publishing some data to try out a new reporting format and develop a ‘quick to print’ process. Some of the key players that will influence the league may have already begun to show their quality in the ratings.
Earlier this year I categorised 6 ‘themes’ by which to rate players – some of which have little correlation to team results but nevertheless give some degree of insight into what type of player an individual is relative to his peers.
The categories are:
- Defending / Ball-winning
- Passing / Ball-retention
They’re pretty self-explanatory really but I will note that success rates of performing certain actions are accounted for in the ratings. And I’ve decided to rank them 1-10 to make them as intuitive as possible (and equivalent to ratings on Football Manager / whoscored / etc).
Here’s some data for the whole of the Premier League so far:
Some low-ish scores for Cardiff players, partly reflecting the mixed bag of results they have had so far.
Not many minutes being shared to those outside the first 11 as yet, although with Fellaini out the door and some new arrivals in the team it will be interesting to see who becomes the most dominant player – my early money is on Pienaar.
Silva & Clichy are involved a lot for City and it’s understandable, particularly as they retain the ball so well. It could also be an indication that Clichy has been identified by the opposition as a weak link so he has more defensive work to do than average.
So far so good for new signings Redmond and Fer, who have made a bright start to life at Norwich. It will be interesting to see how Snodgrass develops this year considering his high influence last season.
West Ham United: