I do get that feeling fella. You're journey from "Wow @kramer0 , what are these funky looking diagrams" to "You can't measure it, so it may not be relevant as to whether someone is good" has been clear to those who look out for your posts.
Stats are useful and have their place. Our management team will be elbow deep in them.
For many, many, many things they are vitally important. But as with all statistics, they're fundamentally flawed in isolation.
I love a good heat map though.
Yeah I know it myself mate. Yesterday trying to argue that weight of pass isn’t measurable so should be disregarded just felt like a million miles away from how I enjoy the game as a spectator.
Part of the issue is I think that it’s been very clear Everton actually are not all over this sort of thing, and have been making very costly mistakes. You see this wealth of research and you think - if we are going to take a step forward, it’s going to be by embracing and gaming this kind of information, not disregarding it and signing Davy Klaasen. Absolutely desperate for everton to stop letting me down, and this has felt to me like the answer.
However at the end of the day I’m not massively knowledgeable, I listen to pods and read blogs and a lot of the opinions I’ve formed have played out to be fair, so I do still believe in a lot of it, especially when it passes the eye test but at some point I’ve started giving myself a weird existential crisis and probably doing everyone’s head in on here to boot.
Plus, we signed richarlison despite scorn, because the manager believed in him and his underlying numbers were still very strong. Maybe we’ve turned a corner.