Although, i *do* like stats and have just read through the Keane ones you posted.
I'm just very dubious that any stats are any more than a small part of the decision when it comes to bringing players in for reasons exactly like this.
I think that they should play a bigger part in showing a player the door though. Because whilst those other variables that can't be measured exist, i admit they are only temporary and a season worth of metrics is enough to know if a player is going to gel into your system.
I know you've your doubts my mate and I'm much more flexible on them these days. Hence why I'm making a case for Andre.
He's a good case study tho right? He looks great, glides about the pitch, brushes people off... But he's 25/26 and now at three clubs of varying sizes and styles he's performed exactly the same way. Lots of dribbles, OK passing, not great creatively or from a goalscoring POV... We got exactly what the stats bods said we would and generally this pans out across players careers.
I know you are of the belief that what a player does on the pitch is mostly dictated by their manager, but when you have several seasons of data you can see stylistic or behavioural patterns that show the players skill set, it's just a fact. Tony Hibbert isn't going to become a multiple player per game dribbler like Dani Alves under pep, in the same way Dani Alves won't be able to do 6 foot slide tackles under Moyes.
Players have abilities and styles and when you know what you need in your side you can recruit someone of that profile and make your recruiting more effective.
If you need to see this in effect please take a look at the league table, or have a look at how the shite are getting on.
Edit: think I've just been having a totally different conversation to you haha sorry mate.
I agree, stats should be a part of the decision not the whole thing. Your eyes, culture fit, personality, age and fitness etc. All important.