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19/20 shot map for Josh Dasilva (21) in #EFLChampionship

With high impact goals from distance against Bristol & Millwall, we’re starting to see wonderkid Josh Dasilva make waves in men’s football.

His left foot is becoming an added dimension to Bees attack with almost 40% SoT
At home, #BrentfordFC tend to be patient in attack and try to dominate the ball on the edge of the opposition box waiting for openings. To counter this, defences narrow up and combine with a compact midfield immediately in front preventing all central direct routes to goal.
Feeding through balls to Watkins or an inverted winger in such a congested area is a difficult task so the play is then forced wide to an overlapping fullback to cross low towards the six yard box or cut back towards the penalty spot.
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I recently wrote about the importance of the cash flow statement in assessing the financial performance of a football club, focusing on the Premier League. Since then I have had a few requests to do the same for the Championship, so let’s take a look in the following thread.
A club’s profit and loss account is easy to understand, i.e. basically revenue less expenses (mainly player wages), but this is a notional profit based on the accountants’ accruals concept, which can be very different from actual cash movements.
This is important, as the main reason that football clubs fail is cash flow problems. It does not matter how large your revenue is (or your profits are), if you do not have the cash to pay your players, suppliers or indeed the taxman, then you will find yourself in trouble.
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Thread: So here's to another end of the season, another top half finish but what if? By using xG I've worked out the points we would expect to have based on the quality of the chances we created and conceded.

Points: 64 Position:11th
xPoints: 69 Position: 9th
2/ One of the biggest problems was the off field problems. Smith leaving after 12 games and the transition to a new management team.

The tragic death of Robert Rowan shocked the club to core, may he rest in peace ❤️
3/ One thing that has also changed is the system, transitioning from a 4-3-3 to 5-3-2 (In defence) and a 3-4-3 (when attacking.) The system has brought various degrees of success but with a whole preseason Frank can tweak and get it embedded into the players.
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Brentford’s financial results for 2017/18 covered “yet another season of consolidation and progress”, when the Bees finished 9th in the Championship under head coach Dean Smith, their fourth consecutive top 10 place. Some thoughts in the following thread #BrentfordFC
#BrentfordFC loss widened from £1.0m to £3.9m, due to “increased football related costs”. Revenue was stable at £12.7m, due to ”similar on-pitch performance and attendance year-on-year”, while profit on player sales rose £1.3m to £14.1m.
#BrentfordFC revenue was flat at £12.7m, as ticketing income fell £0.4m (12%) to £3.1m, offset by increases in commercial, up £0.3m (15%) to £2.3m, and broadcasting, up £0.1m (2%) to £7.3m. Other operating income dropped £0.3m to £0.2m.
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I published a study last week on where Premier League clubs source their money and what they spend it on by reviewing the clubs’ cash flow statements over the last decade. Today I do a similar exercise on Championship clubs – where the picture is very different.
In the 10 years between 2008 and 2017 Championship clubs had over £2.8 bln of available cash with the vast majority of financing £2.5 bln coming from their owners (loans £1.9bln and shares £0.6 bln)
So an incredible 87% of Championship clubs’ cash came from owner financing with just 7% from operating activities. This is in stark contrast to the Premier League with 54% from operations and 42% from owners. There was also £41m from (net) player sales & £45m from bank balances.
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