How stats & science allow Newcastle to play ‘full throttle football’ with players returning from injury ready to slot straight back in


Newcastle United’s brand of “full throttle football” has taken them back to the Champions League, with statistics and science being embraced.

The Magpies secured a fourth-place finish in the Premier League last season and are now rubbing shoulders with AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain in elite European competition. No stone is being left unturned in a bid to gain the upper hand on domestic and continental rivals, with Jacob Murphy epitomising the “marginal gains” philosophy that now runs throughout St James’ Park.

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Flying winger Murphy has – speaking in association with STATSports – told SKY BLAST TV of how technology and reading between the lines has helped his game and Newcastle as a whole: “I love it. STATSports, they are leading in their industry. It’s great that they are working with elite clubs, but also offering great insight to aspiring young footballers and the general public to keep track of their data. I love the data aspect, it’s huge for how I play my game anyway and also how the structure is at Newcastle – high intensity, aggressive, full throttle football. You need those numbers, you really do.

“With football now, games are won and lost on physical data – if you’re outworking an opponent, you’re more likely to win the game. That’s why it’s so important for us at Newcastle – make sure we have run harder than them, run faster than them. Those marginal gains, they end up being three points at the end of the day. It’s super important.”


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