By Tony ATtwood
Here is a list of PL clubs for the coming season showing the amount spent, how many players have been bought, and in the case of the top six clubs in the league last season, who has been bought.
|No of players
|Lichsteiner (zero) Leno (£19.2m) Sokratis(£17.7m) Torreira (£26.5m) Guendouzi (£8m)
|1 player on a free
|(Two players have undisclosed fees)
|Fabinho, Keita, Shaqiri
|Dalot, Fred, Grant
|(Two free and one loan)
|West Ham United
|(Includes Afobe from Bournemouth)
Of course how many you buy doesn’t actually mean anything by itself. But still, it is of some interest. Here’s the top five of the table based on the number of new players
- Wolverhampton Wands: 7
- West Ham United in their tax payers funded stadium: 7
- Huddersfield Town 6:
- Watford: 6
- Arsenal: 5
Expenditure however gives a different take on reality…
- Liverpool!: £106.3m
- West Ham United: £83.5m (its a wonder what you can do if you don’t have to pay for your stadium)
- Arsenal: £71.4m
- Manchester United: £64.3m
- Manchester City: £60m
I’m just doing the top five here, as one has to draw the boundaries somewhere, but it is interesting also that Southampton are on £51m.
Tottenham at the moment are holding the whole thing in a haughty disregard with no money spent at all and no players coming in. They posted record revenue of over £306.3m for the year ending June 30, 2017, a significant rise on the the previous year of £209.8m. But those forthcoming stadium costs… That’s perhaps why season ticket prices at White Hart Lane in 2016/17 were between £795 and £1,895 while now they are between £795 (and let’s be reasonable and acknowledge that holding that price steady is good) while the most expensive is £2,200, an increase of just over 16 per cent.
Burnley, Everton, Palace and Newcastle all fall into this position of zero money outgoing as well but stadium issues are the last things on their mind just now.
As for Arsenal, the story has always been that there is a strict limit on expediture from the owner, which started at £50m and rose to £70m but in both cases, plus income from sales. However so far there has been no income from sales. Our list of departures is
- Takuma Asano to Hannover 96 on a loan
- Santi Cazorla to Villarreal on a free
- Jack Wilshere was a free agent and went to the taxpayers stadium
If we did manage to sell anyone that money could well come back into the pot for the manager to spend, but the trouble is that so many players were attacked as being utterly useless by both the media, the bloggettas and ArsenalFanTV that their value has dropped so low we might as well keep them.
As for the clearing out of players we can see that Chelsea have loaned or released ten thus far, Liverpool have sold one for an undisclosed fee and loaned out five, and Manchester City have let 13 go of whom four are on loan.
Manchester United have sold two and loaned one, and Tottenham have sold one (for £2m).
Thus by all measures Tottenham is the club not doing business, and it will be interesting to see as the season starts whether that is a case of absolutely doing no deals on the grounds they have a perfect squad, or a case of doing deals at the very last minute.
While the Arsenal bloggettas are filled with stories about Arsenal failing to get their man, the Tottenham blog sites are more positive with tales such as:
- France ace Benjamin Pavard linked with summer move to Lilywhites
- Tottenham Hotspur Considering Shock Transfer Move For France World Cup Hero
- Levy must take risk and propose sensational Tottenham swap deal with PL giants – Verdict
- £35.2m-rated international wants to join Tottenham, he loves Poch style of play – Transfer Talk
There is some negativity as with
- Tottenham and Manchester City have reason to fear World Cup fatigue
- Levy must avoid big mistake with WC star as long-running Spurs transfer saga nears end – Verdict
But much of the time the news is of pictures of the new stadium. It seems that for some journalists that is more interesting than the players and deals.
And of course perfidious Football London, with its desperate need to supply 4o Arsenal stories and 40 Tottenham stories a day to an unsuspecting public kill two stones with one bird (or maybe that is the other way around) by telling us
- Arsenal ‘open talks’ with Tottenham target Andre Gomes over £18m summer transfer
It is a funny old game when “open talks” is actually put in inverted commas. That suggests that the club has not “opened talks” but the phrase “open talks” actually means something else. Like what for example? Like, “not opened talks” I suppose. I suspect, given the source of the story, that is exactly the case.
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