‘Alerts’ in Norway and Sweden: discovering talent in an automated way

Category: New Talents

We use one of our features to spot talent by knowing which player debuted, scored or improved his performance in Norway and Sweden.


Although the month of July has not yet ended, up to 19 top European divisions have started a new season, some of them having passed the halfway point of the season, as is the case of the Norwegian Eliteserien or the Swedish Allsvenskan. Precisely in these last two we are going to focus on searching for talent but in a different way, using one of our most precise functionalities, which we have already explained in our blog: the ‘Alerts‘ functionality.

The point of automating professional tools in the database to find talent among so many leagues is to be aware of new promises without having to spend time looking for them. If we use alerts for debuts, goals scored or increased performance, we will have valuable work done and available at all times, saving time for more in-depth video analysis work.

This is a tool that makes sense for players who are starting to reach the professional level, with opportunities in the first team, and Sweden and Norway are countries with a tradition and culture of giving space and minutes to a lot of young talent. That is why using a filter of the last 30 days we found interesting news from both leagues. Among them, one of the top scorers in the Norwegian league, David Datro Fofana, Ivorian born in 2002, who appears in our alert system due to his great form (increase in our Score) and his scoring ability (‘Goals’ alert).

  • One of the most interesting young talents, who is starting to get minutes and prominence at FK Bodo/Glimt, is 18-year-old Norwegian winger Joel Mvuka, who joined the team last season. With almost 500 minutes under his belt, he has shown himself to be a player who has proven to be a player with dribbling and also a lot of finishing, and has appeared in our system as his score has risen in the Score, which is made up of a multitude of metrics that give us clues as to his form and impact on the game.
  • Magnum Smelhus Sjoeng is another player who has broken into our system. We are talking about a 20-year-old goalkeeper of 197 centimetres in height who has made his professional debut in the last month, specifically at Vaalerenga. He made his debut as a starter on 10 July, keeping two clean sheets in three games and preventing two goals according to our Expected Goals on Goal model.

Having tools like ‘Alerts’ and such a wide coverage allows us to have access to valuable information to monitor and drill down without starting from scratch.

We are Driblab, a consultancy specialized in the statistical analysis of players and teams; our work is focused on advising and minimizing risk in professional football decision-making in areas related to talent detection and footballer evaluations. Our database has more than 200,000 players from more than 180 competitions, covering information from all over the world. Here you can learn more about how we work and what we offer.

Autor: Alejandro Arroyo
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