The transfer market has gone bananas. Cast your mind back to 2006 and the sum of £38m could buy you one of the world’s most prolific strikers – Andriy Shevchenko. Fast forward to the 2010/11 season and that kind of money would bring you…Andy Carroll!
The latest Premier League TV deals and an influx of wealthy foreign ownership have contributed to a transformation in the football landscape nobody could have foreseen. July 2017, and the previously mentioned sum of £38m isn’t even enough to sign half of Romelu Lukaku.
The money men at City have spent in the region of £133m on full backs, Romans Chelsea have laid out a further £119m and the idea of FFP (Financial Fair Play) is beginning to seem like a fairy tale.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…You get what you pay for.
Arsenal smashed their transfer record this summer with the acquisition of French striker Alexander Lacazette. The Gunners are known for keeping their cards close to their chest and although the fee was officially undisclosed it was believed to be around the £50m mark.
Having splashed the cash on Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi before him, the Gunners are still not competing financially with the likes of Manchester City, United and Chelsea.
To put it bluntly, the Arsenal specialize in second rate signings. The game’s elite players demand the kind of wages that would blow the Gunners wage structure apart. The power is with the seller and Arsenal’s reluctance to be held to ransom and pay a premium means they’re being left behind.
The same can be said for Liverpool. Another club who’s fan base are desperate for premier league success. Ownership who seemingly won’t pay the top dollar and a manager who’s inability to defend will ultimately cost them.
Tottenham Hotspur have exceeded expectations for two seasons now, but that won’t continue. The financial burden of a new stadium and the move to Wembley will see Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggle to compete on all fronts and I’ve yet to mention their lack of transfer activity.
Throughout recent history, with a few anomalies of course, there has been a clear correlation between the title winners and the most dominant in the transfer market. The title race will be between the top 3 spenders and the sooner the Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs fans accept this, the better.
So you can rest assure, the Arsenal Fan TV melt downs will be back next season, the Spuds will end up heartbroken and the Scousers will still be talking about 2005!
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