Let’s talk about six, baby!”

Manchester United’s issues in midfield without a proper defensive midfielder have been well documented and evident for a while now. It surprises me that this position is so low in terms of the priority of searching for players to fill in this role.

Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland have dominated United’s transfer rumor mill for quite some time, but the lack of activity on the DM front is worrying.

Regardless, the Athletic’s Carl Anka recently published a really interesting read on potential options for Manchester United in this position.

Today, we’re aiming to do something…


No more.

I love football and have done for quite some time. Ever since I started taking a more vested interest in the success of my club, Manchester United and in the success of certain players, that love has grown.

The affection for this sport is not just fuelled by the success of these sports personalities and organisations but is also fuelled by what it means to people around the world.

The feeling of seeing your team score, the scoreline turn from zero to one, the ecstasy in that one moment, the uninhibited joy that you get from it is…


Hello again, welcome back to the Tableau Tunnel.

Today, we’re doing beeswarm plots.

Hey everyone, hope you’ve been well and that things are okay with you and yours.

Thank you so much for all the support you have shown for the previous three tutorials, I really appreciate that.

Today’s tutorial is a quick guide on making beeswarm plots on Tableau.

So let’s get started.

Data prep

First of all, the data set we will be using today is from the Top Five Leagues across Europe, courtesy of the amazing people at Football Reference. Find the dataset here — https://fbref.com/en/comps/Big5/passing/players/Big-5-European-Leagues-Stats

Following the steps…


Here’s how I make them.

Hey everyone, hope you’ve been well!

Once again, greatly appreciate all the support that has come my way from you lot, you’re the best.

So without any further ado, let’s make a player dashboard!

Today our subject is Luke Shaw.

Data prep

So first of all, doing your data prep is very important and ensuring you have your data in the right format is crucial. So let’s go about collecting our data for this one from football reference.

Before I go ahead with explaining this, it is really important for you guys to understand that fbref.com as…


Hey everybody, welcome back to the Tableau Tunnel.

I trust that you found the first tutorial helpful and I’m grateful for all the support that you all showed, it truly does mean a lot.

Now, in today’s tutorial, I’ll try and show you how you can improve on the scatter-plot that you made from the first tutorial and towards the end of this tutorial, you will have learnt how to make basic bar graphs.

Now, this is where we stopped the last time. What are the problems with this scatter-plot?

1. Problematic colour-scheme — Some of the color shades look…


Hi there!

So first of all, I’d like to say a big thanks to you, the reader, for trusting in me to help you get started on your journey with football analytics via the Tableau Tunnel.

I’m not someone who has a certification in Tableau or someone who has a deep-lying understanding of data, I’m just like you dear reader, someone who out of curiosity is looking to learn something new and has quite enjoyed doing it so far.

So here we are, let’s begin.

Why Tableau?

It’s a good question and one I’ve explored the answer to for quite some time…


To say that 2020 has been a year to forget would be understating things as they stand.

As I take a deep breath and continue to write this piece, I do so with a heavy heart.

I will turn 22 this year and since the turn of the year, so much has happened. It gets quite overwhelming sometimes. It’s deeply concerning to think how far we’ve come in terms of time, however, we haven’t come far ahead of where it matters most.

Recent events, most unfortunate in their nature, have been challenging to deal with it. Even for those of…


Hey everyone, before I get into writing this piece, I just wanted to say that I hope you’re all staying safe and staying home in these troubling times. It is a collective effort that will help us get through this difficult period, let’s keep our spirits high, stay informed and stay safe. Take care.

Sport is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? It is a great escape for most of us from our daily lives and to become lost for the particular duration of the match that is being played in front of our eyes. …


After thinking long and hard on what to write to about next, I felt the essence of this post is something we all need to learn about and understand.

Let me first thank everyone for the reactions and all the support you showed for my last post, I hope to continue serving your mind and heart’s best interests with my posts!

In case you missed it, check out my post on “Conversations and it’s importance

In almost any situation we face on a daily basis, it’s very easy to jump to conclusions. We tend to forget logic and jump to the conclusion that’s in our head, be it good or bad.

What we do when things are/aren’t going well

Especially when things aren’t going so well, that’s when our brain tends to overthink things. …


That’s me contemplating all the time.

This is my first story and I didn’t really know what to write about. So I thought why not draw from the experiences I’ve had in life so far and tell you more about the title of this piece.

Making conversation is all about being yourself and understanding the other person. It could be the most random person in the world, however, you still need to know how you can talk to people and make real talk.

I myself speak to a new person almost every other day. I hear a lot of people say that they hate the ‘small talk’ of any conversation. Small talk is when you ask the other person how they are, what’s up and you know, the usual questions you ask. But we hardly ever make real conversation.

So how do you go about…

Ninad Barbadikar

Freelance football writer | Tableau enthusiast

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