Recently, in these pages, the author introduced a new iteration of only a slightly less new metric called Style Points, itself designed to estimate roughly, on a scale of 0 to 10, the aesthetic appeal of each club currently playing in Europe’s five major leagues. What follows is an even newer iteration of that same thing, updated for this past weekend’s matches.
This most recent version of Style Points accounts for four variables, as follow:
- Shots in the box per game; and
- Dribbles* per game; and
- Short passes per game; and
- Club value**.
*Which is to say, dribbles past opposing defenders.
**As measured by Transfermarkt.
For every club, I’ve calculated their z-score (i.e. standard deviations from the mean) according to each of the variables noted above and then performed the following equation, with a view to distributing each league’s Style Point figures on a scale of 0-10:
(BOXz * 0.33 + DRIBz * 0.33 + SHORTz * 0.33 + CASHz * 0.33) * 5 + 5
Having performed all of that suspicious arithmetic, here are the top-10 clubs in Europe right now, according to Style Points:
And here are some brief notes of varying merit:
- The author has not expressly developed this version of Style Points with a view to ordaining Barcelona Europe’s most aesthetically pleasing club. That this has been the result, however, suggests that the calculations aren’t entirely awry.
- The results of this exercise have the author unnaturally enthusiastic about tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) match between Empoli and AC Milan at 2:45pm ET — largely owing, it would seem, to the former club’s capacity to talent for dribbling past defenders. Indeed, the Tuscan side feature five players who have averaged more than one dribble per match over the season’s first three weeks.
- A spreadsheet with the complete Style Point ratings of clubs from Europe’s five major league can be found here.