Welcome to a brand new podcast series from The Analyst, where we take a single football metric (beginning in this first episode with assists) and look at the story behind the stats, diving into such topics as when was it invented? What does it mean? Why did it start being collected? And, most importantly, why do some people like and why do some people dislike them?
Join Graham Bell and Duncan Alexander as they explore the world of assists. Not just the humble servant to the goal, the assist has taken on a meaning of its own, in particular in the Premier League era. The pair bring you the story of its rise prominence, how the quest for the complete history of Premier League assists began and where the journey has taken us to this day, including some fascinating insights along the way.
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‘Stats Out Of Context’ is part of the ‘Reads from The Analyst’ podcast feed, where you will find other great insights into the world of football with a particular focus on the Premier League, including a look at the oldest managers and players in the history of the competition. Both of these, and many other episodes, are available to listen to now.