So, Pressley’s seen enough and trimmed his squad down to the bare essentials. But what do we all think of the decisions?
Having now had confirmation of the 8 players he’s told can sling their hook, it felt like a good time to check out how these decisions aligned with the player ratings I collected during 2012/13.
You remember, I thought it’d be a brilliant idea to collect ratings on each player in the vein hope that by the end of the campaign I’d have collected a somewhat saner understanding of the performance of our players. I’m acutely aware of the erratic screeching that accompanies a bad result, or the wild exaggeration after a player has successfully completed a pass. I wanted to find a way of assessing our “average” feelings towards individuals by measuring throughout an entire season, rather than just at the end.
Collecting the ratings
There were a few rounds of concerted voting following on from prompts I made over Twitter, but generally I tried to keep things quiet in an attempt to encourage a more “natural” vote, as-and-when people felt the urge. I may have over-thought that side of things, but there seemed to be a risk of the scores being irretrievably sabotaged by mass hysteria if I pushed a rate-athon during weeks when somebody had a shocker.
The full table is below for your perusal. I’m not really here to vouch for the statistical validity of the data. It’s a fair sample, but by no means representative of consensus.
Nonetheless, I have all these numbers, and my mother always told me to share, so they’re here if you’re interested.
You’ll be making your own minds up about the scoring, but here are a few highlights:
Needless to say, David McGoldrick stormed it, collecting an average rating of 8.88 out of 10 in the process. The majority of his votes came during December when he was at his outrageous best.
It would appear that a strong start to the campaign was enough to see Billy Edge into an impressive 4th place. Shame the second half performances did little to maintain Pressley’s interest. He’s also a fantastic bloke, so that probably had some (quite a lot of) influence.
Player of the Season Carl Baker plodded home in a confusing 12th, with an average of 7.13. Realistically, this is probably a fair figure given his poor start and the level he often slumped to when he was having an off day. But I still expected a surge of high votes in the second half of the campaign when it became clear the goals and assists were making it a successful season for the captain.
When we dislike a player, we really bloody hate them. This is aptly demonstrated by the unfathomably low scores for such luminaries as Kevin Kilbane, Roy O’Donovan, Reece Brown and poor old injured David Bell. Bell’s score in particular seemingly an example of ratings based on prior experience and perception, rather than anything he actually managed to achieve on the pitch during the year.
I’ll leave you to make your own minds up about the rest. At the very least I hope this provides a little bit of insight into the minds of your fellow Sky Blues Blog readers.
I’ll soon be resetting the figures again in time for the new season, where we can do it all again. Only this time in a slightly more consistent fashion (and with about 13 players to choose from).