A study by Manchester University explains exactly why Jurgen Klopp gives such a lengthy ‘bedding-in’ period to new signings.
The study shows the number of games it takes for foreign signings to settle in. They’ve taken the five ‘strongest’ European leagues outside of England – La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and the Eredivisie.
And the numbers suggest that new signings certainly shouldn’t be judged quickly.
For forwards, as an example, it can take up to 18 games before the player is performing as he did before the move.
On the other end of the scale is defenders from Spain; the study suggests that transitioning from La Liga to the Premier League takes no time if you’re a defender.
But as an average, it takes a player 9-12 games before they’re up to speed.
It’s something that should resonate with Liverpool fans, given Klopp’s tendency to hold back new signings. Fabinho, for example, made his first appearance in Liverpool’s 12th game of the season last year.
Seeing as the study says that midfielders from Ligue 1 take 12 games before they’ve adapted, they’re clearly onto something.
Few managers wait that long to give players a go and Klopp really stands out with his waiting period.
But this study suggests that Klopp is bang on. Now if only there were some signings to study this season…