In terms of "does he go forward" or "does he love a side-ways pass" maybe. But still, the vast majority of things a midfielder does on a pitch is what his coach has been drilling into him all that week to do.
It's odd, as stats become more prevalent, the sterlisation of personal freedom on the pitch has started making them redundent.
Growing up, they would have been massively useful. Now, the majority of teams (bar the very top ones) play the percentages so much that players are more cogs than anything else.
I say that, with the distinct awareness that the era ushered in by the likes of Oneil & Allardyce in this country (and adopted by academies and their ludicrous preference for athlets first, ballers second) is actually on the wane and we are on the verge of the next big tactical breakthrough.