Never Underestimate The Influence Of Data Analyst in Football Manager

New FM, new surprises. This time I am writing about the staff role, (Chief) Data Analyst, which is a new option in Football Manager 2017.

In the beginning, I didn’t really pay attention to it. A bad financial situation hasn’t allowed a new expert to came to the club.

So I was forced to use the classic scouting.

However, the information obtained in this way are very useful. You can see which tactics your opponents are using (key players, strengths, and weaknesses).

On the other hand, this can be a bit confusing and hard to read. It is difficult to separate the important from the unimportant.

But, when you include Data Analyst in the whole story, everything becomes much easier.

Which are the attributes required for the Data Analyst?

I’ve tried to find an official guide on the Internet that would give an answer to this question, but unsuccessfully.

Everyone has his own theory, so let’s think logically. First, this role is in the scouting section.

This means that the following attributes don’t have a big impact: attacking, goalkeeping, defending, fitness, mental, tactical, technical and working with youngsters. And which one are important?

If we put a sign of equality between the Data Analyst and Scout, the order will be as follows:

  1. Determination;
  2. Judging Player Ability (JPA) and Potential (JPP);
  3. Tactical Knowledge;
  4. Adaptability;
  5. Man Management (Chief Data Analyst).

And now I will show you the expert, who is successfully performing this duty, in my club.

How does a report on the next opponent look like?

The first report, the opponent’s last match, has four options: match summary, focus on attacks, highest pass combination and key passes.

In this way, I can see which players have found a place in the first 11. Who has been a man of the match? Who has made the most mistakes?

The aim is to set aside a few interesting names …

Scouting Report

This is the main report! If you carefully process information most of the work is done. It only takes a few minutes to prepare a team for the match.

Of course, this can not be done quickly without options One (s) to Watch and Manager & Tactics. Without them, the report makes no sense and then it’s a far better solution – team report.

Post-Match Analysis

The third report is summarizing the impressions. Could it have been better or not?

Players who haven’t given the maximum would pause the next game, and others have an equal chance for a place in the First 11.

I’m happy if the possession and shot on target are on my side. Nevertheless, the result is the most important!

That’s it. I like the new staff role. Maybe someone will say that team report is a better solution? Okay, but I don’t agree with that.

A Data Analyst sorts data for you and facilitates the process of preparing the team for the next match!

However, some FM managers don’t pay attention to the little things so that reports are not important. What do you think?

Author: Alen Stefanovic     Game: Football Manager 2017