When we apply Game Theory to transfer deal we note that signing players early in the close season forces teams into making bad deals while waiting and signing players later allows for more good deals which are better deals to be made.
Christopher Routis has been given a new contract by Bradford City despite his inability to prove himself useful at the club suggesting that he makes an invisible contribution which is so valued by Phil Parkinson as to be worth having a player who has yet to play well at the club in his squad.
The Liverpool player Steven Gerrard is appreciated by regular attenders of Liverpool matches because of the level of commitment and attitude he shows in games while he is debated in the increasingly international and non-attending debate fora at make up Premier League support on a statistical basis. The former is something that is universal in attenders and appreciated for people such as you - dear Reader - while the former is served by media coverage of football.
When asked about my player of the season for 2014/2015 I selected Andrew Davies. You might disagree, dear reader, and I totally respect your right to be wrong.
Bradford City 0 Preston North End 3 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
An early sending off for Christopher Routis saw Bradford City lose 3-0 at home to Preston North End as the push for a play off place stumbled.
Bradford City 2 Oldham Athletic 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
In an even game Bradford City beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 with late goals from Billy Clarke. The end of the season push for play-off places between a group of teams that seem very equal in ability has created a test of character for Phil Parkinson and his City team where the winners are the teams that work hardest.
Reading 3 Bradford City 0 At The Madejski Stadium in The FA Cup Sixth Round, 2014/2015
The 3-0 defeat at Reading in the sixth round of the FA Cup was rendered hardly a contest at all as Bradford City undertook a six day, three game odyssey of matches against Notts Country and Coventry City and the Berkshire club leaving one with the conclusion that the further a team gets in the FA Cup and the harder the games get, the more handicapped clubs become.
Peterborough United 2 Bradford City 0 At London Road in League One, 2014/2015
Bradford City and Peterborough United trundled through a game which saw City keeping powder dry for next Saturday and The Posh auditioning a new manager in Dave Robertson.
Bradford City 1 Walsall 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
Phil Parkinson's approach to football does not change between 4-2 wins at Chelsea and 1-1 draws with Walsall at Valley Parade. Some days it is more successful than other days. Today was a day when it was not successful. Does that mean that Parkinson's approach is wrong?
Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
Bradford City reached the sixth round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Sunderland in a game which The Bantams never looked like losing after a 3rd minute goal against a Sunderland team which was badly set up, and which played into Phil Parkinson's team's strengths.
Bradford City 2 Milton Keynes Dons 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
Goals from James Hanson and Billy Clarke saw Bradford City come from behind to beat MK Dons 2-1 with Dons manager complaining about a handball by Jon Stead in the build up to the winning goal and Stead reacting: "So What?"
Port Vale 2 Bradford City 2 At Vale Park in League One, 2014/2015
Phil Parkinson spent the week apologising to some of the directors of Bradford City for asking them to solve the problem of the pitch at Valley Parade while the diretcors pointed out that it was not a specific, individual responsibility to deal with it. Following that Parkinson took his Bradford City team to Port Vale and despite leading returned with a draw after a last minute penalty cost victory. This was criticised as a failure in some parts.
Bradford City 1 Colchester United 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
Colchester United defended the early lead they took at Valley Parade well but eventually conceded to a Bradford City side which once again is most praise worthy in the character it shows.
Chelsea 2 Bradford City 4 At Stamford Bridge in The FA Cup Fourth Round, 2014/2015
When Mark Yeates scored the fourth goal for Bradford City in The FA Cup fourth round in an unexpected 4-2 win over the best team in the country Chelsea he created a new definitive moment of being a Bradford City supporter and sealed a victory which few considered as a possibility before kick off but was richly deserved as well as enhancing the reputation of manager Phil Parkinson who saw his approach to team selection best José Mourinho who is widely considered the best manager in football.
Bradford City 1 Notts County 0 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
All footballers have to face retirement and Notts County's team of Gary Jones, Garry Thompson, Roy Carroll, Hayden Mullins and Alan Smith face it playing in a team which had not lost before visiting Valley Parade but were beaten 1-0 by a Billy Knott goal before half time.
The League Cup run of 2013 has changed Bradford City into a club which sees the benefits of taking The FA Cup and The League Cup serious and so in this Second Round of the FA Cup a full strength City team respected Dartford and in doing so beat them 4-1 to progress to the Third Round of the competition.
Bradford City 3 Leyton Orient 1 At Valley Parade in League One, 2014/2015
Leyton Orient's new manager is building a team to play beautiful football but is football ever beautiful in defeat? And isn't there more beauty to be found in a team showing character to win football matches?
Neither Bradford City nor Gillingham committed to winning this game but, in a week in which City's board have committed to reaching the Championship by 2017, one has to wonder how that aim will be reached and what is being done to reach it?
By starkly confronting the weaknesses of his squad Phil Parkinson was able to get his City team to play to their strengths. That allowed him to nullify Preston North End for most of the game and gave Mark Yeates the opportunity to create the moment of the season so far.
Having become a team defined by the giant killing cup run of 2013 what problems will Phil Parkinson have in preparing his players to be the giants in the local FA Cup derby against Halifax Town?
Oldham Athletic 2 Bradford City 1 At Boundry Park in League One, 2013/2014
Having gone two goals down and had to haul off Christopher Routis Phil Parkinson had a lot to be proud of in the way his players responded to take control of the game but the defeat, and a red card for Rory McArdle, mean that Parkinson and City came back with nothing at all.
When we look at a footballer our first impressions are often as accurate as our considered judgements. The more we watch football the more we are able to refine these first impressions and so we can make assessments of players and how they will play in the long term. When we look at Christopher Routis what do those judgements tell us?