Cristiano Ronaldo Superhuman Top 5 Moments, (Video)
At some point in the future, we’ll probably combine all of the numbers I examined to come up with a single efficiency metric (sort of like OPS in baseball), but for now you can only say Suarez creates a lot of shots and key passes, loses the ball a lot, and is comparatively bad at turning his shots into goals.
The larger question here is this:
Why does efficiency matter?
In this particular case, we’re talking about offensive efficiency and it’s worth taking a second to step back and think about the endgame.
How do you win a football match?
Score more goals than the opponent. It’s still a simple game, right?
Well, there are two parts to that statement. 1) Score goals. 2) Stop the opponent from scoring goals. Ignore the defensive side of the equation for now, and you come up with the objective for the offense: Score goals.
Now, how do you score goals?
Shoot. The. Ball.
Still obvious, right? But what if I told you there’s a limit to how often a team can expect to shoot the ball?
The Shot Limit
Over the last four seasons across the five major European leagues (392 team seasons), only two teams have averaged more than 20 shots per game. Chelsea averaged 21.9 per game in 2009-10, which was 3.6 shots more per game than the next closest team… and they won the league by one point.