Issue number 124 of the Weekly Post reveals the rankings of the best performing players since the start of the big-5 league season. At the head of the tables for the five outfield positions considered are Otamendi (centre backs), Aurier (full backs), Cazorla (defensive midfielders), Özil (attacking midfielders) and Lewandowski (forwards). The rankings are based on a purely data-driven and objective methodology developed by the CIES Football Observatory research team.
Weekly Post 124
Weekly Post 123
Tottenham Hotspur tops the Premier League table of clubs who fielded on average the youngest players: 24.7 years. This is the fourth lowest figure at big-5 league level after Nice (24.1), Valencia (24.5) and Bayer Leverkusen (24.5). In second and third positions in the English Premier League rankings are Liverpool (25.5 years) and Newcastle (25.6). The data for all teams is available in issue number 123 of the Weekly Post.
Weekly Post 122
Since the start of the season, 105 French footballers were fielded by foreign big-5 league clubs in domestic league matches. The second most represented origin abroad is Brazil (104 players). The most numerous contingent of French expatriates is to be found in England. Since the start of the season, 40 players from France have played in the English Premier League. All data is available in issue number 122 of the Weekly Post.
Weekly Post 121
Issue number 121 of the Weekly Post shows that Chelsea FC is currently ranked thirteen positions below the ranking that transfer expenditure in signing squad members would have suggested. This is the biggest negative gap at both English Premier League and big-5 league level. Conversely, the most positive difference so far between financial and sporting ranking was measured by Leicester City: +12.
Weekly Post 120
Issue number 120 of the Weekly Post presents the best performing outfield players since the start of the season, both in absolute terms and among U21 footballers. At the top of the absolute tables in the English Premier League are Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) for centre backs, Cédric Soares (Southampton) for full backs, Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) for central midfielders, Mesut Özil (Arsenal) for attacking midfielders and Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) for forwards.
Weekly Post 119
Issue number 119 of the Weekly Post highlights that more than 70% of transfer fees invested by big-5 league clubs during the 2015 summer transfer window were paid to other teams taking part in the five major European championships. The club who received the highest figure was AS Monaco (€202 million, add-ons included). The most positive net transfer spend was also recorded by the French Ligue 1 side (+ €121 million).