By Tony Attwood
It’s simple: spending money on players is supposedly a good thing which will take clubs up the league. But I am told, the figures Untold has been producing are misleading, because they only took in one season. It is spending over time that is important. So let’s see how it worked over a longer period.
Of course in this sort of analysis there are always people who write in and say “you can prove anything with statistics” (although by and large I usually don’t publish them these days as they are far too boring). It would in fact be more true to say “you can prove anything with personal opinion”.
Certainly Michael Gove (now thankfully out of office and wandering the corridors of Westminster like a demented polecat on heat) would be proud of some of today’s supporters with his “people have had enough of experts” approach to reality.
Here are the figures showing last season’s table and the amount spent in the summer of 2014 and 2015. I’ve then added those two together, and also added in next this summer’s total. Of course this figure is going to be a few days out of date, and the window is still open, but it is an early indicator.
Based on these figures, we can project what the league table will look like based on expenditure over three summers. Manchester United will win the league, and Arsenal will come 6th.
But before you say, that is about right, it might be worth reading down a little.
|Pos||Team||2014 summer spend £m||2015 summer spend £m||Total 2014-15 £m||2016 spend £m||3 summer Total||Projected 2017 pos|
|7||State Aid Utd||24.40||33.90||58.30||39.27||97.57||9|
|5||West Bromwich Albion|
|8||The Tiny Totts|
|9||State Aid United|
|2016 Pos||Team||Total 2014-15 £m||2015 Spending position||2016 Spending position|
|7||State Aid Utd||58.30||10||9|
|5||West Bromwich Albion|
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12 August 1996: After four consecutive pre-season defeats against Birmingham, Celtic, Rangers and Fiorentina, Bruce Rioch was sacked as Arsenal manager. The only victory came in the opening game against St Albans City on 19 July – 6-0.
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