Data Reveals Dan James Can Lead Leeds United To Safety


With the January transfer window now open and the likes of Newcastle United already splashing their newly acquired cash, it looks set to be a busy one.



But the winter transfer window is notorious for clubs paying over the odds for players, especially those hoping to avoid relegation from the Premier League.


Getting player recruitment right in the summer can pay dividends as the season progresses. But what lessons can be learned and just how valuable were the signings this summer and were the big money moves actually worth their salt?


B-Cure Laser, providers of ground-breaking laser technology for sporting injuries, has crunched the numbers and analysed the data to see which of the signings from the summer transfer window were the best, worst or provided value for money.


Despite his age, Cristiano Ronaldo is still head and shoulders above the rest, returning to the Premier League as the most value for money player this summer the analysis found.


Leeds United might be sitting at the wrong end of the Premier League table as the season hits the halfway mark, but big money signing Dan James is poised to lead them to safety, with The Whites revealed to have derived the most value for money signings on average.


Despite their wide appeal clubs based in London appear to struggle to make value signings.


A prime example of London’s struggles are Tottenham Hotspur who’s Bryan Gil tops the unwanted chart for worst value for money player in the summer transfer window, costing them £378k a minute so far.


Gil along with Christian Romero gives the North London club the accolade of being the worst team for signing value players, taking the bottom two spots.


The summer’s big money deal which saw Jack Grealish move from Aston Villa to Manchester City has cost City £77k for every minute of football he’s played so far, making him one of the worst value signings of the summer.


You can see the full dataset and rankings here. 



B-Cure Laser by Good Energies analysed the 25 most expensive disclosed signings from the 2021 summer transfer window by looking at success rate across a number of attributes relevant to whether the player is an attacker or defender. The B-Cure team pulled each players transfer fee, number of appearances so far, number of goals, number of shots, number of assists, number of saves (to ensure equal measurement for Aaron Ramsdale), number of unsuccessful touches, number of times dispossessed, number of interceptions made and number of completed tackles. The elements were then indexed based on their transfer fee in order to understand the return on investment for each factor, and then each attribute was weighted accordingly depending on whether the player is an attacker or defender to create a final index that ranks all of the players based on their expected skills.





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