Credit to GoonerLover66/Tom
Now, with every set of stats you make, I'm sure you'll encounter or even use some statistics to prove a point or even to decide what sort of value to give a player. They can be an invaluable source to making stats, but the problem is how they are interpreted and how they are used in discussion and in making stats in general. I'm going to go over a few "statistics" that you'll come across and probably get some hassle over. So let's begin!
Any stat maker at one time or another will be told that they've either overrated or underrated a player's Shot Accuracy due to the player scoring X amount of goals. I think I can openly say that this arguement is absolute rubbish. Firstly, how often a player will score on Pro is determined by a wide variety of factors simply because goals can be scored in all sort of ways! Shot Accuracy is about how well a player places his shots and how accurate they'll be, it has nothing to do with how often the player will score.
For example, a lot of people have been giving Cristiano Ronaldo high Shot Accuracy values lately because of his impressive Goal Tally at the end of the season. Now, if you break down how he scored his goals, you'll find that there weren't too many that were scored through actual placement of shots. Alot of his goals were scored from penalties, free-kicks, 1-on-1 situations with the keepers, the way he strikes the ball, his immense pace, his positional sense and sharp reactions. None of which are affected by Shot Accuracy!
And even then, you'll find that he had more shots off target than any other Premier League player, and that they by far outnumbered the amount he had on target. So it's not exactly great placement, is it?
Another flawed statistic. There is no doubt that people will say "X Player set up Z amount of goals last season, I think he should have AB for his Short Passing", and again you'll have to ignore them! Last season, Carton Cole had more assists than Xabi Alonso. Does that make him a better passer? My arse it doesn't! In no way do these statistics tell you how a player set up the goal. Did he do a simple lay-off? Was it a headed flick-on? Was it a 60-yard long pass? Was it a dangerous through ball? Was it a cross? Or was it simply luck? You can't tell much from Assist Tallies, all you get a simple value. You have to, without a doubt, watch how the player set up the assists and how frequently he did that throughout the season. Because in no way is Kalou a more accurate passer than Mikel Arteta!
Just don't, this statistic means nothing. If we were to fully implement this in our stats, we'd have a Nemanja Vidic who had higher passing attributes than Paul Scholes! These statistics get boosted by simple conservative and economical passes. What do I mean? Well last season, there was a match where Barcelona had 21 consecutive passes amongst their own defence. So you'll find that Puyol probably has a higher Statistic than say....Ruben Baraja in this area. And that's wrong, because it's the way a player passes that matters.
This is a figure that can go either way, it can be a valuable source to rating a player's Condition, and also it can a flawed value. An example? Take Xabi Alonso's Total Appearances and compare them to Niko Kranjcar's, they're lower aren't they? Does that mean that Xabi Alonso isn't as fit as Kranjcar? No, it simply means that Kranjcar played more games than Xabi. You have to remember that Xabi is a fully-paid member of the Rafa Rotation Policy, and thus hasn't got the chance to play every game possible!
However, this can also be misconstrued in another sense. Stephen Kelly played every Premier League game last season, as did Pepe Reina. However, Pepe Reina played more games than Stephen Kelly last season. Does that mean that Reina is fitter than Kelly? No, again, it's a situation of capabilities not capacity. Stephen Kelly, as I'm sure you're aware, is a Birmingham City player. So he clearly doesn't have the chance to play European or lots of Cup games due to the all-round ability of his team, but it does it mean that given the chance, he wouldn't be able to play every game available to him? No. So really, this is an area you have to take with a pinch of salt when making stats
Remember, Clean Sheets do not make the keeper and nor should they have any effect on the Keeper Skills attribute! Pepe Reina has kept the most clean sheets in the Premier League for the last 3 seasons. Does it mean he's a good keeper? Yes. Does it mean he warrants the best Keeper Skills value? No. Reina's handling is poor in comparison to top-flight keepers. He relies on his immense reflexes, command of his back-four and his superb positional sense as a keeper. None of which are affected by the Keeper Skills stat.
You also have to remember, that Clean Sheets aren't all due to the keeper. Remember the Defence plays just as big a part, if not more so, than the Goalie in keeping Clean Sheets. I'll use Reina again as the example in this experiment, he has some top quality defenders in front of him. A Carragher & Hyypia partnership can be one of the best on its day, and can make the difference to keeping the match goaless, and making it lousy with goals.
Some other statistics to be aware of;
Shot Accuracy (This is appearing on more and more sites)
Yellow & Red Cards
100m or Speed Test results
You have to remember that the people who use Statistics in their arguements in the way I have mentioned, generally tend to be pig ignorant about how stats work or are flawed in their understanding in stats. Please, I beg of you, do not let this be you!
My next "Advise Post" will be on Footballing Vocabulary, complete with definitions