How has the January transfer window affected teams’ tactical approach? (Beyond The 90 Minutes)

Demba BaTransfer activity is often a fascinating way to identify a teams’ tactical ambition as a club’s transfer policy is dependent on the manager’s approach. A systemic manager’s priority is to sign players that are better adapted to their style of play, and thus improves the strength of the team not necessarily by signing better quality players, but by signing better fitting players. An adaptable manager is less focused on tactical suitability as they are happier modifying their game-plan to suit the players at their disposal, and therefore can use the transfer market solely to improve the quality of the squad. In reality few managers are strictly one or the other and tend to be a mixture of the two, but the contrasts were still evident in the January transfer window… (Read more)

17/08/12 – Queens Park Rangers 12/13 Season Preview

QPRQueens Park Rangers have pursued a scattergun approach to player transfers that should provide enough quality to keep them out of trouble. However, Mark Hughes and chairman Tony Fernandes need to learn sooner rather than later that quantity isn’t always the answer, and success comes in building a settled side rather than throwing money at assembling a squad… (Read more)