Squad usage: League 2, 30 Dec 2018
Continuing the splurge of roughly-halfway-through-the-season graphics, here’s a summary and a club-by-club breakdown of how each club has used their squad.
It’s sorted by how many different players each club has used (with the number who started a match used as a tie-breaker), but also shows the average number of changes to their starting XI, the number of minutes played by their most-used combination of players so far and how many unchanged line-ups they’ve named. This all applies to league matches only.
It’s probably not surprising to see many of the teams battling relegation using lots of different players as they search for a winning combination: Notts County lead the way with 27 different players deployed, but Cheltenham and Macclesfield join them in having fielded 25 different starters so far. Colchester‘s team has been the most stable, with just 20 different players used, an average of just over one change to the starting line-up per match and 10 league games in which the same starting 11 took to the pitch as in the previous fixture.
What I’ve done for every club below is to plot out their league campaign minute-by-minute and then shade in a bar for each player showing when they were on the pitch. The players’ bars are then laid out next to each other, in descending order of how long each spent on the pitch this season (also shown as a percentage of the club’s total playing minutes), to allow for comparisons.
I’ve also factored in a calculation of what each club’s most-used combination of 11 players was and shaded the minutes that they were on the pitch together using a darker colour. At the top I’ve also included the total number of minutes that they featured alongside each other, which is often surprisingly low.
To make reading across the graphics easier, I’ve drawn vertical lines separating each match and each month, plus horizontal ones between each player’s row and beneath the 11 most-used players.