Jay Egersdorff, ranked No.1 in the FFScout Hall of Fame, to gives his expert views
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Betway spoke to top manager Jay Egersdorff, ranked No.1 in the FFScout Hall of Fame, to get his expert views on what players should and shouldn’t do ahead of the 2018/19 season and gave them his five key rules.
“It’s about more than stats. There are guys who don’t know tons about football but are really great at maths, and they will look at stats and analyse patterns and algorithms.
“That’s not what I’m about. I just watch the match and think about who’s playing well, which teams are going well and go from there.
“Sometimes it isn’t even that the player is missing chances. If you’re watching Match of the Day and they’re not getting passed to, or if they’re getting in the right places and it’s just not happening, then you’d be inclined to stick with them.
“You can only get that from watching football. There’s no stat for that.
“There are stats for shots but nothing for how well someone is playing off the ball.”
“I always look at the first six weeks of fixtures, and I don’t just stick with the big clubs. You need to pick players based on who they are playing.
“If you look at West Ham, their fixtures are pretty awful for the first few games. You might be attracted to their new signings, who look pretty good, but are you really going to have them in the first few games? The same goes for Newcastle.”
“It’s never really worth taking a four-point hit or more, unless you absolutely can’t avoid it.
“It’s like spinning a roulette wheel. It’s exciting because you might win a load of points, but at the same time if you actually break down the maths, if you do a minus-four and you’ve got a guy on the bench who only scores two points, you’re actually on a minus-six.
“The guy in your team has to score six to make up for what you would’ve got if you had done nothing.
“If you take a four-point hit to bring in a defender then you need a clean sheet to break even.”
“I look for value everywhere. Kane’s price has gone up a lot this year. If you have £20m to spend, then Kane is taking up £13m of that and you only have £7m left for a midfielder.
“Instead, if you want £10m and £10m you could get a pretty awesome midfielder and still get a great striker.
“You have to ask yourself if Kane and someone from Watford is going to outscore a Man City midfielder and a Liverpool forward, for example. You’re spreading your bets around by trying to look for a bit more value.
“I think you need 15 players that will play regularly. Your bench can be made up of fodder, but they do need to play.
“Players’ values go up and down. If you’ve got 15 players whose values are going up, that’s going to help you massively further down the line. If you’ve got three guys that are losing money then that’s a major disadvantage.”
“Things change. People can really get away with planning but actually your plans can be ripped up very quickly.
“The best players can plan, but they also change their strategy on the fly. The ones who are adaptable do the best.
“You could take a whole week off work to come up with an amazing plan, and then the transfer window closes, a couple of players leave their clubs and your whole strategy is gone.”