With the feedback that McCann and other managers in this league have given in the past, it's just always a case of going through the data and then finding out what they can. It seemed to me that McCann had a very similar style of going through it as McNamara did at United and that ended up being high risk with the potential for players to just not be suited for this level but did have the odd diamond. This is something which has been discussed in the press relating to McIntyre himself when he appointed an analyst.
It seems to be that even at the big level, it comes to looking at the stats, watching videos and just taking a wee gamble.
I found this video quite interesting with how it analyses a single incident. Burnley play a no nonsense style where they defend in numbers and don't take risks at all, they then need a centre back and sign youngster James Tarkowski from Brentford. Tarkowski on the face of it is not a Burnely signing at all, he's not got a huge amount of experience, he's not that big for a centre back at that level (a big red flag you'd assume for Burnely with their style) and his talents are reputedly to be that he's a great technical defender.
What was counter intuitive and made him a good fit was that he's incredibly disciplined - doesn't pick up cards and makes very few blunders. That to Dyche turned out to be important more than every other metric and he's fit in tremendously well.
I've no idea what McIntyre's style is but he's probably picked a few key parameters he's interested in and just taken a gamble on someone who fits all or some of it and is within budget. We're in a January market and at County, whilst he did transform their fortunes with similar upheaval in January, the bulk of his signings were like this and pretty much just stop gaps to play a particular way and keep the team above the relegation zone - most of them leaving in the summer. He's signed a few ex players but I think this is the most Ross County signing of them all tbh.
Our strategy has been hammered a lot with McCann but like it or not, football recruitment just is a data exercise and a lot of it comes down to how smart we are in understanding that. Hopefully we get to that point where we have a squad of players we rely on and don't need to invest in uncertainty every so often but it feels like we're really far from that point. Even targets this summer from the Championship require a transfer fee and, most likely, extended contracts - it's quite costly for a caliber of player that haven't demonstrated ability at this level.