- Apr 29, 2008
I think @ILLOK is correct here.I'm sure a club would do something that in depth or more but for casual fans, even hard core fans, that takes it far past the "stat vomit" you described the fluff piece as. Maybe you are just too demanding? If even half what you've listed was included it probably wouldn't get enough of an audience for it to get a platform. As a writer you have to cater to your audience!
In my opinion this isnt even up to the standards Sam was setting himself a year or so ago. Back then he would frequently include pictures to display his movement and that of his team mates. There was much more discussion or explanation of the stats and stylistics of the player and why or he would or would not be a good fit. The idea that this sort of writing couldnt get a platform or an audience is flawed because it is exactly the sort of writing he did to get one.
My one take away from this article (I admit i didnt read it in depth just a cursory glance) was the comparison with Salah. I dont recall any discussion around their circumstances at Roma/Dortmund and how they may influence the bare numbers. Unless the league in Italy (or Germany) has changed significantly, i believe the former is still more defensive than the latter. Thats even before you consider the strengths of the both teams and their setups impact on either player.