by Tony Attwood
The comparative transfer table started about a week ago, and came about because I wasn’t sure that I had a full grasp of which clubs were the most and which the least active in football transferring.
We all know that Arsenal were always accused of being “too slow” – and indeed rather bizarrely Arsenal have been accused by Charlie Nicholas of being “too slow” in handling the Lacazette deal although I am not too sure what the quicker transfer of the player would have achieved.
But of course in such statements there never is any comparison with other clubs. For although Arsenal might feel like a club that always moves too slowly, it is possible that in effect Arsenal goes about things just as other clubs do – it is just that those of us who support the club focus on our club so it seems that they are slower.
In the list we’ve built up the the latest transfers come first for each club. The fee is that quoted by the Guardian as the initial fee – not with any add ons which of course may or may not be paid.
Signings which come in and are then sent out on loan are noted with an asterisk.
Also I have now added one more club – Everton, as they have pretensions of breaking into a European slot in the coming season and indeed they turn out to be the most active club thus far in terms of buying.
Here’s the list.
|Sead Kolasinac||Schalke||June||End of contract|
|Man U||Victor Lindelof||Benfica||June||£31m|
|Nathangelo Markelo||FC Volendam||June||Unknown|
* Player purchased but then loaned out
For the other clubs two players is the norm thus far except of course for Tottenham and I shall be writing further about them shortly and how the transfer window appears to look from a Tottenham point of view. Difficult for me to write of course, but I’ll be trying to bring in some statistics rather than just feelings.
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Finally in doing this I have had confirmed the great disparity in the number of players that the larger teams loan out, so I thought that I would shortly add another part to the table – the players being loaned out by these clubs.
Sorry if all these tables bore you stupid – but you don’t have to read. I guess in the end I am doing them because I find they cut through all the jabber in the press and I wanted to know how a transfer window actually developed over time – not how we thought it developed. It’s a sort of “evidence” thing.
Of course if I have missed a player please do say. You can find my source material on line here.
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