Evaluating the abilities of a football team can take many forms. From a purely numerical analysis, where their strengths and weaknesses are expressed as lines on a spreadsheet and future performance is cited in probability, to gut instinct formed through actually watching a side interact and play the sport in the flesh, complemented with a knowledge of their recent player acquisitions and departures.
Neither preference is guaranteed to capture the complete nuance of each side's true worth. So can an integrated approach that borrows from both sides of the divide provide a worthwhile collaboration?
In this guest post I try to combine the strengths of both approaches.