By Tony Attwood
TV money to Premier League clubs was 45% higher last season than in 2016/17, which explains why every club is, or is expected to be, buying players for prices never previously seen.
In this regular column I try to keep tabs on where exactly that money is going – along with seeing if there is anything in the story (which has been repeated this season) that Arsenal take far too long to tie up deals while everyone else is able to rush them through in a nanosecond.
Here’s the list of who has been signed. According to the total figures available thus far the expenditure this summer up to yesterday was £645.2m.
I have continued to add more teams to the chart as we go along. The prime reason for doing this was to compare Arsenal with other teams traditionally associated with trophies each season but I have found it interesting to keep working down the league just to see what is going on.
I have got down as far as West Brom and so have now recorded the top 10 from last season – and Tottenham remain in splendid isolation as the club without incoming players.
This information can now be linked with the details of the number of injuries last season. In our article recording the totals of injuries last season we used three different measures of injury (total number of injuries lasting 14 days or more, total number of injuries all told, total number of days lost through injury).
Of the teams in the top ten last season (the teams shown here) only Liverpool scored very high on two of those three markers, which suggests that multiple injuries and long term injuries really do relate to the position in the league for most clubs. The fewer the injuries, the better you do in the league.
But back to our headline questions. Who has transferred in the most players? The totals are
- Everton: 10 players transferred in
- Bournemouth: 4 players transferred in
- Chelsea: 2 players transferred in
- Arsenal: 2 players transferred in
- Man City 2 players transferred in
- Man United: 2 players transferred in
- Liverpool: 2 players transferred in
- Southampton: 1 players transferred in
- West Brom: 1 player transferred in
- Tottenham: 0 players transferred in
So Tottenham continue to stand alone in this matter – and you might like to see our article on Tottenham’s transfer situation which was widely praised… by Tottenham supporters. It is worth reading the comments afterwards.
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Manchester United have spent the most, Manchester City are second, Arsenal third.
|Sead Kolasinac||Schalke||June||End of contract|
|Man U||Victor Lindelof||Benfica||June||£31m||£106m|
|Nathangelo Markelo||FC Volendam||June||Unknown|
|Wayne Rooney||Man U||July||Free?|
|Southampton||Jan Bednarek||Lech Poznan||July||£5.7m||£5.7m|
|West Brom||Jay Rodriguez||Southampton||July||£12m||£12m|
*Player purchased then loaned out.
I also want to try and build a similar list to this one for loan movements and if successful that will be published shortly. We have had the view for several years that Chelsea are out on their loan in running a loan farm with players moved hither and thither without actually ending up in Chelsea’s first team. It would be interesting to know if they are still at it.
The bizarre goings on at Everton really make me wonder whether it is possible to build a complete new team through the summer and bring them together ready for the new season. I suspect not, but we shall see.
I find this all quite interesting – and a nice antidote to the wild and wacky world of rumours. Hope you find something here of interest too.
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