The Loovens Effect
The 16 goals conceded in 11 games comes to 1.45 per game. Contrast that to the 39 goals conceded in the 35 games Loovens played, a 1.11 goals-to-games ratio.
Bottom line. In games Loovens missed, City collected only 11 points from 11 games. That's 1.0 points per game and that can get you relegated. The Bluebirds gained 53 points from the 35 games Loovens played in. That's 1.51 points per game, or 69 points for a full season. Sixty-nine points would have left City one point short of a playoff berth last season.