• By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on August 29th, 2014

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    Brits or Foreigners: Who Are Better Buys?

    Brits or Foreigners: Who Are Better Buys?

    By Paul Tomkins. A couple of years ago, with the aid of Graeme Riley’s immense database, I devised the Transfer Price Index Coefficient (TPIC), as a means of measuring transfer success rates. Our work together with TPI – which converts all transfer fees to “current day money” with an index-based inflation model – led to [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 22nd, 2014

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    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    Balotelli: A Bold Move, Or Virtual Insanity?

    By Paul Tomkins. Wow, I genuinely didn’t see this coming. The first word I associate with Mario Balotelli is bargepole. As in, don’t go near him with one. That said, £16m for his talent is a steal. But why are AC Milan letting him go quite so cheaply? Once penalties are excluded he has a [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 30th, 2014

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    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    Are Liverpool Buying Wisely?

    By Paul Tomkins. A lot has been made of Liverpool signing unremarkable players from unremarkable clubs this summer, having sold their most remarkable player to the world’s most remarkable club (of recent years). There’s no doubt that Liverpool’s squad is stronger (on paper), but is the first XI? Buying exceptional players also improves the squad, [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 21st, 2014

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    No Player is Ever the Same Twice

    No Player is Ever the Same Twice

    By Paul Tomkins. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.”   Heraclitus Or, no player, once placed into a different team, is ever the same player again. He is merely a different version of what he was; surrounded now [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 13th, 2014

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    Luis Suarez Is An Animal

    Luis Suarez Is An Animal

    By Paul Tomkins. Whether or not you think Luis Suarez was Liverpool’s best ever player, he was clearly up there. Uncontrovertibly, he was, without doubt, the club’s most controversial. He could start fights in an empty press room. Longevity – doing it for eight or nine years rather than three – was perhaps the one [...]

  • Featured, Interactive, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 11th, 2014

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    Potential Strikers for Liverpool? Who is Out There?

    Potential Strikers for Liverpool? Who is Out There?

    By Paul Tomkins and Daniel Rhodes. At TTT Towers we’ve got together to come up with a list of potential striker targets, given that Luis Suarez is on his way out, Alexis Sanchez has chosen Arsenal, and neither Iago Aspas nor Fabio Borini certain of a future on Merseyside. Subscribers can view the obligatory YouTube [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 1st, 2014

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    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    Suarez Sale? A Blessing and a Curse

    By Paul Tomkins. The one thing we’re quick to forget is that the future of football is never written in stone. I too am not immune from using precedents as some kind of proof of future success. You can find handy guides,  it is true, but no-one is ever correct in predicting what will happen [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on June 30th, 2014

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    Transfers – Cost v Worth

    Transfers – Cost v Worth

    By TTT Subscriber Ben Feltham. It all started with an innocuous line on a forum thread: “I’d take Lallana for 15m, but no way 25m”. There it was, writ large in less than ten words, everything that depresses me about this new notion of football support. As much as one can lose it on an [...]

  • Featured, Free, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on March 7th, 2014

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    Scouting For Success

    Scouting For Success

    By Paul Grech. For all that is written about the subject every time a transfer window rolls by, very little is known on how Liverpool’s scouting network is set up.  Occasionally we get glimpses from interviews but in truth a lot of fans’ knowledge about the men who recommend players to Brendan Rodgers is very [...]

  • Featured, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on January 31st, 2014

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    Is There Any Value in the Jan. Transfer Window?

    Is There Any Value in the Jan. Transfer Window?

    By Finin Martin. “The January transfer market has never been the best market and that has proved itself over the years.” Sir Alex Ferguson, December 2012. When FIFA brought in the two window system as compulsory in the 2002-2003 season, they could not have foreseen the negative impact it would have on Premier League fans. [...]

  • Exclusive, Featured, In-Depth Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on January 28th, 2014

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    Shopping for Right-Backs (and a Midfield Bonus)

    Shopping for Right-Backs (and a Midfield Bonus)

    By Ted Knutson (Editor of Stats Bomb). This was going to be a search for left-backs, but after thinking about it, I kind of decided that Flani Alves might just be the future for Liverpool. He’s still a little raw, but the talent is definitely there, and it wouldn’t make much sense to buy someone [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Featured, Free, Transfer Debate, Transfer Price Index ©

    Posted on January 26th, 2014

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    Transfer Records, and Why They Mata

    Transfer Records, and Why They Mata

    By Paul Tomkins. On Saturday, Channel 4’s Economics Editor Faisal Islam tweeted: “No one ever inflation-adjusts “record” transfer fees, do they? Sigh. #mata”. Except, of course, we do. In 2010 I joined forces with über-accountant and statistician Graeme Riley to create the Transfer Price Index (TPI), which converts football prices to ‘modern money’ (or what [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on September 3rd, 2013

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    Liverpool’s Transfer Window – The Summary

    Liverpool’s Transfer Window – The Summary

    By Chris Rowland. So, it’s slammed shut then. Well, till January anyway. The consensus is that Rodgers, FSG, the Transfer Committee and LFC generally dun good. So before I go off to get my life back, I thought I’d produce this summary of all our activity and all the links, in and out, that I [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 30th, 2013

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    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker 24-30th August

    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker 24-30th August

    By Chris Rowland. The last full week – it feels like the end of term to me! The latest on ‘the next Steven Gerrard’, Derby County’s Will Hughes, is that his club has “slapped a £15m price tag on his head” (ClubCall Aug 25). I hope that’s not ‘literally slapped a £15m price tag on [...]

  • By Paul Tomkins, Free, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 27th, 2013

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    Transferring All That Anger

    Transferring All That Anger

    By Paul Tomkins. Are transfer windows getting ever harder to endure? Is it that the nature of transfer reporting and speculation has changed, or merely our perceptions? Why has this summer seen fans feeling so incredibly unhinged? Clearly things are much different to twenty years ago, but they even feel different to five years ago, [...]

  • Featured, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 23rd, 2013

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    Compare the Market – Shopping for Players

    Compare the Market – Shopping for Players

    By TTT subscriber Martin McLaughlin I’m sure you are all familiar with the phrase: “A fool and his money are soon parted.” I have to say, I worry about the financial competence of a lot of football supporters and the general public. It’s not like the entire western world isn’t in one of the worst [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 22nd, 2013

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    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker Aug 17-23

    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker Aug 17-23

    By Chris Rowland. Let’s start the week with a game of Liverpool v Spurs, and that Brazilian fellow with the Afro hair. The Daily Mirror’s infatuation with any anti-Liverpool slant they can find under any creaky old floorboard (Aug 19) put it thusly: Spurs are trying to hijack Liverpool’s bid to capture Brazilian playmaker Willian. The Reds have [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 16th, 2013

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    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker, Aug 10-16

    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker, Aug 10-16

    By Chris Rowland. In the week when it was confirmed that he is actually Stanley Downsouth after a fee for his transfer to West Ham was agreed, we start this week with the strong interest in the guy from The Voice, as Anzhi seek to ‘end their free-spending ways’. Every UK newspaper and other media [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate, TTT Symposium

    Posted on August 8th, 2013

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    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker Aug 3-9

    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker Aug 3-9

    By Chris Rowland. First, some confirmed business outwards – Jack Robinson‘s on loan to Blackpool, and Jay Spearing‘s transfer to Bolton for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £1.5m. We’ll start this week with another one to cross off. It looks like Keisuke Honda’s on his bike (sorry, had to) to [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 2nd, 2013

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    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker July 27 – Aug 2

    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker July 27 – Aug 2

    By Chris Rowland. This week started with the resurrection of an old link and ended with the startling emergence of a new one. The common theme – they’d both fit into the Asylum Dream Team we’re trying to assemble! (copyright Stretch on August 2nd!). First up, it’s the Greek with the Mad Staring Eyes: Liverpool [...]

  • Featured, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 2nd, 2013

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    Scouting for … Right-sided Wide Forwards

    Scouting for … Right-sided Wide Forwards

    By Lee Mooney. Finding first-team right-sided wide forwards This is the last of four short pieces aimed at identifying players to fill four playing roles (listed following a quick survey I did on Twitter): Centre-back; Left-back; Defensive midfield; and Right wing/forward. The approach and techniques used are the same as those described in a TTT [...]

  • Featured, Statistical Analysis, Subscribers Only, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on August 1st, 2013

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    Scouting for … Defensive Midfielders

    Scouting for … Defensive Midfielders

    By Lee Mooney. Finding first-team defensive midfielders This is the third of four short pieces aimed at identifying players to fill four playing roles (identified following a quick survey I did on Twitter): Centre-back; Left-back; Defensive midfield; and Right wing/forward. The approach and techniques used are the same as those described in a TTT piece [...]

  • Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 31st, 2013

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    Scouting for … Left Backs

    Scouting for … Left Backs

    By Lee Mooney. Finding first-team left backs This is the second of four short pieces aimed at identifying players to fill four playing roles (identified following a quick survey I did on Twitter): Centre-back; Left-back; Defensive midfield; and Right wing/forward. The approach and techniques used are the same as those described in a TTT piece [...]

  • Featured, Free, Statistical Analysis, Talking Point, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 30th, 2013

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    Scouting for … Central Defenders

    Scouting for … Central Defenders

    By Lee Mooney. Finding first-team central defenders This is the first of four short pieces aimed at identifying players to fill four playing roles (identified following a quick survey I did on Twitter): Centre-back; Left-back; Defensive midfield; and Right wing/forward. The approach and techniques used are the same as those described in a TTT piece [...]

  • Chris Rowland, Featured, Subscribers Only, Transfer Debate

    Posted on July 26th, 2013

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    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker July 20-26

    TTT Transfer Talk Tracker July 20-26

    By Chris Rowland. The Germans have a colourful phrase for it:‘ Toranschlusspanik” – literally, the panic of doors closing. Well we could be excused a spot of Toransclusspanik this week, with alleged transfer targets disappearing faster than Wayne Rooney’s popularity. Following the Henry Mac near-miss and our apparent failure to lure Shaqiri from the reigning [...]

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