Why do players not succeed at a club?
The step to a new club is always exciting for a player. New environment, new teammates, new coach, and all the other things new. We always have to wait and see how this turns out. With the sums that are paid for transfers nowadays, it’s crazy that there’s an element of gambling into this.
How can it be that clubs buy a new player for a lot of millions and it’s unsure if he will be a right fit for the team? Where along the way have we started to accept this? Another thing that can influence success is that players have to play in different positions. There are several examples of players costing a lot of money and not succeeding at a club. We even think you can name more players that didn’t succeed at clubs than those that were really good buys.
So what factors decide if a player succeeds at a new club? There are several situations possible. A player goes from a smaller club to a big club within the same country, a player goes from one country to a big club in another country or a player goes from a big club to a smaller club. In all of these situations, there are different dynamics in play and several factors that influence the performance of a player.
The biggest factors are changes of the environment, think about cultural differences, language, and weather. Another one is the change of tactics, the tactics of the new team are different and a player has difficulties adapting to these tactics. The last one is the level, the player has played in a league where the level is less high and demanding and has trouble adapting to the new level.
So how can players and clubs minimize this risk of not succeeding? It’s both in the club’s and the player his interest to succeed after a transfer. At Tactalyse we help players out with the transition to a new team. We break down the differences in team tactics and what will be the points that the player has the most difficulties with. Does a player go from a worse team to a better team, then he will probably get more situations on the ball? Therefore it’s important that we focus more on that (without neglecting the defensive part of course).
In this way, we get the player into the new team as quickly as possible by sorting out all the differences in tactics. By doing this you cover already two of the three factors that play a huge role in a player’s succeeding or not. The first one is the tactical change between teams and leagues. We identify the differences and what individual tactics the player will need the most and focus on this first. The second is the level change, by focusing on the individual tactics that happen the most in a game and making a player better at this he will automatically raise his level.
The only factor Tactalyse can’t cover is the change of environment (culture, language, and weather).
So are you a player that’s going to make a transfer or are you an agent that will transfer a player to a new club? Ask for a session with Tactalyse and it will raise the chances of succeeding at the club.