A Look At Luis Alberto

I can’t claim to have watched any of Luis Alberto’s games for Malaga this season, but it was disappointing to see the following tweet:

Not least as I was under the impression that he was actually doing pretty well, thanks to this radar tweet:

Having not seen the matches, I can’t provide a definitive answer to this difference of opinions, but I thought I’d take a closer look at the numbers in the above radar to see what they say to me about Alberto’s performance so far this season.

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Alberto Moreno vs Liverpool’s Left Backs

Having reviewed and assessed the stats of Adam Lallana, Suso, Emre Can and Rickie Lambert, it’s now time for the latest Liverpool transfer target, Alberto Moreno, to get the Bass Tuned To Red review treatment. Whilst Ricardo Rodriguez is equally, if not more highly, rated, due to time constraints I shall stick to players that the Reds are widely reported to have made offers for.

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Suso: 2013/14 Review

I recently took a look at Adam Lallana’s statistics from 2013/14, to see how he might fit into Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool squad. I’ve now taken a look along similar lines at the form of Suso, to see what he might potentially bring to the Reds in 2014/15.

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British Transfer Premium, Anyone?

LUIS A

Liverpool have secured the signature of the 20 year old Spanish under-21 international Luis Alberto from Sevilla for a fee believed to be around £6.7m.

He spent this season on loan at Barcelona B, playing in Spain’s Segunda Division (which, out of interest, is the same division that Dani Pacheco spent this season in), so I thought it would be interesting to see how his record compared to a couple of highly rated second flight prospects from England’s Championship.

As I’m sure you can appreciate, in-depth statistics are not widely available for lower divisions unfortunately, so I have had to resort to a simple comparison of goals and assists. It’s far from perfect (chances created is far more valuable than assists, for instance) but it’ll give an indication of his prowess.

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Spain: The Through Ball Kings

This piece has been updated since it was first published on Tuesday 20th November.

I have noted previously on this site how Barcelona attempt far more through-balls than any other side in Europe, and whilst researching a forthcoming piece for The Tomkins Times via WhoScored, I couldn’t help but notice what happens when you sort this season’s Premier League players by the number of accurate through-balls per game they play:

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