Thom is an experienced software engineer. He previously worked on the real-time big data needs of the aviation and telco industries, before founding his own natural language processing startup. In 2015 he started writing about football analytics on his blog, Deep xG, gaining notoriety for his work on the PATCH defensive metric and various brightly-coloured polygons. He has since consulted for clubs in hipster leagues you probably haven’t even heard of. His research interests are in new approaches to defensive data, and the application of deep learning to ever more complex football data.
Based in Sheffield, Thom can be found at weekends trying to stop a two-year-old girl pointing sticky fingers at the football bouncing around on his monitor.