A young goalkeeper without flaws?

Category: New Talents

Although there are more and more statistical options to measure the performance of a goalkeeper, it is not easy to be able to measure how much value he adds and adds to each action. In terms of saves that prevent goals we have xGOT (Expected Goals on Target), plus many others, while in terms of […]

Published:29/06/2023

Although there are more and more statistical options to measure the performance of a goalkeeper, it is not easy to be able to measure how much value he adds and adds to each action. In terms of saves that prevent goals we have xGOT (Expected Goals on Target), plus many others, while in terms of feet we have numerous ways, in volume, success and reward, to recognise goalkeepers with the most ability to create value with their feet.

While there is a part to do with style of play and money available, his passing ability is increasingly valued in the search for goalkeepers. What used to be a risk is now seen as an almost indispensable requirement. To take a nearby example, Bart Verbruggen, wanted by English club Brighton, appears in multiple metrics as the best goalkeeper in the Jupiler Pro League. Filtering for under-25 goalkeepers in the Belgian and Dutch championships, Verbruggen appeared as the top goalkeeper. With a simple click and several visualisations we can detect specific talent with very concrete metrics.

But this is only part of it. Using the Passing Contributihttps://www.driblab.com/driblab-en/passing-contribution-influence-beyond-pass-accuracy/on and Expected Passes models, explained in their respective links, we wanted to be especially demanding in the search for young goalkeepers in all types of leagues with great potential in the game with their feet. If we raise the filters, very few appear, but those that do will be of great value in spotting talent. Among the very few that did appear, one was particularly good. A natural talent that is already beginning to sound very strong.

This find is especially relevant because at 18 years old he is taking his first steps in professionalism and also meets the other requirements of a goalkeeper: he is very good under the sticks, he is among the best in save metrics and, of course, he is especially good with his feet. He is the complete package and goes by the name of Filip Sidklev.

With only 9 games played in Sweden’s top flight, Sidklev appeared in our alert system far above the league average and excelled in many metrics of ball retention, passing accuracy and contribution playing both short and long. In this visualisation below, his position in each metric among all Swedish goalkeepers is shown on the right. A brilliant breakthrough at the age of 18 and in his debut year. He has not yet played 1,000 minutes in the Allsvenskan.

Founded in 2017 as a consultancy, Driblab has driven innovation through data in all aspects of professional football. Thanks to a transversal model, its database collects and models statistics in all directions. From converting matches and videos into bespoke data for training academies to developing cutting-edge technology, helping clubs, federations and representative agencies in talent scouting and transfer markets. Driblab’s smart data is used by clubs all over the world, with success stories such as Dinamo Zagreb, Real Betis and Girondins Bordeaux among others. Here you can find out more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
For New Talents we also recommend you:

‘Elevens’ U-20: Eredivisie and Jupiler Pro League

‘Elevens’ U-20: Eredivisie and Jupiler Pro League

‘Jupiler Pro League’: Under-20 talents not to be missed

Scouting and finding talent in Belgium are virtually synonymous verbs. We take a look at five U20 players with more than 1000 minutes who are already close to taking the next step in their careers.

Young centre-backs in Portugal (outside the big three)

We wanted to use all our filters to find centre-backs who, outside the three big historical Portuguese clubs (Porto, Benfica and Sporting), could be interesting to make the next step.

Potential investments: U20 players who will increase (a lot) in market value

We target players from various leagues who will soon be worth much more money, proving to be very interesting investments coming from clubs or leagues used to selling.

South American U-20 talents: looking ahead to the next transfer window

We discover and analyse with data promises that are going to stop being promises. Talents who could leave in the next transfer window.

Argentina, land of midfielders

Land of midfielders, we find Argentinian players who are either already close to leaving for another league or will do so sooner rather than later.

Five U-20 players already shining in Scandinavian football

We discover and analyse five U20 talents who are already shining in Swedish or Norwegian football.

Kvaratskhelia’s legacy: discovering Georgia’s talents

Georgian football justifies more detailed scouting, managing to export valuable talent to all types of championships.

The most promising players at the South American U-17 Championship

We highlight and analyse the best talents from the recently concluded South American U-17 Championship.

The best talents of the South American U-20 Championship

Introducing the most promising players at the South American U-20 Championship 2023.

Driblab

Información corporativa

Somos una empresa con sede en Madrid fundada en 2017 por Salvador Carmona y Cristian Coré Ramiro. Desde nuestros inicios nuestro trabajo se ha centrado en el análisis estadístico de datos para ayudar a los clubes en la planificación deportiva. Somos una consultora big data que ofrece servicios personalizados para cada cliente y defiende un modelo de gestión mixto y una comunicación constante para acompañar el día a día de las instituciones. Nuestro punto fuerte es la más amplia cobertura disponible en número de torneos profesionales y juveniles. Para más detalles, póngase en contacto con nosotros.

Colaboramos con:

           

Hemos aparecido en: