The social desirabilities of players are often discussed in the football world, with some analysts saying they can lead to a player’s perceived “social desires” being more likely to be met in terms of the transfer market.
A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggested that the “social desire bias” of players can be a “powerful predictor of future performance” in football.
The study, which analysed data from over 1,000 professional footballers in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, found that the players’ perceived “desire for social contact” was more influential than their physical attractiveness, height and weight in determining how many players were purchased over the course of their careers.
The study analysed data for 1,924 male and female players over a 12-year period and found that “desirability for social interaction is positively related to the likelihood of a transfer bid”.
The researchers said that, in general, players who are perceived to have high “social desires” are more likely than those who are not to be offered a transfer.
“The importance of this relationship for footballers remains unclear,” the study concluded.
So, are you more likely be attracted to a certain player because of their physical attributes or due to their social desires?
And how do you get a better idea of who the best players are in the world of football?
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