How clubs can be efficient in the Transfer Market
How clubs can be efficient in the Transfer Market

How clubs can be efficient in the Transfer Market

The second transfer window of the 2020/21 domestic season will get underway on January 18th and last until the 15th of February 2021. Whilst the dates have been set since the PSL made amendments on December 10, 2020, ideally, clubs have been examining their needs for specific players long before that time period. It is generally a time that clubs have the opportunity to buy and sell players to help achieve their ambitions for the rest of the campaign (and further afield).

With that in mind, we wanted to share some thoughts of how your club should best incorporate, scout and recruit for new players.

  • Club Philosophy – What kind of player is the club looking for?
  • Do the recruiting/scouting staff truly understand the system and style of play?
  • What qualities does the incoming player have to have to play in the league and in the team?
  • Vision – Does the team need to recruit for survival or are they safe enough to build a project?


At the time of writing, Swallows FC are one of the newly promoted sides to the league. Their league position has taken many by surprise and as such their plan for recruitment may now differ to what was originally planned. In their case, they should be looking to build on that success and build a team for the future. Depending on how they perform in the next few months, they will need to bring in quality reinforcements for the extra games (continental, MTN 8 and league) that the 2021/22 season may bring. It is still early days but you get the idea.

On the other end of the scale, Black Leopards and Chippa United find themselves again most likely having to recruit for safety rather than to build a project, especially with constant coaching changes.

To help understand how the data (that all clubs have accessed to) is best used, we can help your club make sense of the information at hand.

  • How may a certain player adapt to our squad?
  • How well has a player performed in a team against peers?
  • What are good indicators of previous and future performance?

Scenario: Our top scoring player is moving on…how do we best replace him? Examine what he did well and how that was successful to the team. Do we have a player or several players who could replace him? Maybe, maybe not. If you think you may struggle, replace **secret** as best you can.

Let us help you with the data available to find the player’s under the radar. Then use video scouting to back-up the player’s attributes. Tackles well, reads the game well, runs into space, is able to pick a pass and so forth.

Data Analysis = Help & Identify the talent & attributes

Video Analysis = Confirm these with the data analysis

Our Forward’s scouting tool helps compare strikers across the league against themselves from a previous campaign or against other strikers in the league. For example, below we have Judas Moseamedi. The tall striker plays for Maritzburg Utd in the DSTv Premiership. The team started the season poorly and after a run of poor results and a coaching change, results and performances have started to turn for the better.

How to read: There are a number of measures, 12 to be exact which help us profile the sort of striker Moseamedi is while playing for Maritzburg Utd. A graphic such as this is useful to analyse players and how good they are at certain measurements. They can further help clubs sieve through the pool of players they look at over a transfer period. The one’s that then fit the bill can be examined over video for deeper analysis as to ‘how are they so good and more importantly why’.

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