The Premier League has more money than sense

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    The English Premier League’s inception over 20 years ago was made possible because of money. It has managed to become the most popular and most watched league in the world, because of money.

    Some of the best players in the world have joined the top clubs in England because of, you guessed it, money.

    New ownerships and TV rights have allowed all clubs across the first division to strengthen their squads promote their name across the world. While this is all good and well, the amount of money being spent in the transfer window is damaging clubs’ potential success, especially in the Champions League.

    Just last week, on the exact same day, Manchester City signed Kyle Walker for $65 million and AC Milan miraculously were able to obtain the signature of the best centre back in the world in Leonardo Bonucci for $45 million.

    The transfer market has officially gone mad, but the Premier League has allowed it to become that way.

    Using Manchester City as an example, they have kept spending unnecessary millions on players that are particularly average such as John Stones ($62 million), Eliaquim Mangala ($41 million) and Raheem Sterling ($64 million).

    They are a club who thinks that throwing money everywhere for fun will solve the problem and help win important trophies such as the Champions League. Well that hasn’t worked. There has been no plan put in place for the future.

    Last year, Manchester United spent nearly $300 million for reinforcements such as Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but played unattractive football which led them to finishing sixth in the league. Instead of spending $105 million on Paul Pogba, United should have used that money for multiple other players to build a better squad.

    Paul Pogba wearing the Manchester United 6 shirt

    (Supplied)

    Its the same story for Liverpool. They have spent way over the top for strikers that have turned out to be flops such as Andy Carroll ($46 million) and Christian Benteke ($42 million), and they are on the verge of signing an unproved defender Virgil Van Dijk for around $70 million.

    Everyone knows that Liverpool’s main problem has been the backline, so that money should have been better spent on a goalkeeper, a left back and a couple of high quality centre backs.

    Juventus is a great example for Premier League teams to follow for building a team without needing a massive budget. They were able to sign some quality free agents such as Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Dani Alves and Sami Khedira which has helped them achieve six league titles in a row and have reached two Champions League finals.

    Their scouting system has proven to be a success, the most obvious big signing being Paulo Dybala for $47 million which is now seen as a bargain. Manchester City turned down the chance to sign him in favour of another flop in Wilfried Bony. Just let that sink in.

    Even AC Milan are proving to build a solid team with the same budget as the big clubs in England. Some of the signings haven’t really caught the eye of everyone, but they have put a transfer strategy into place with the right scouting network in order to bring the club back up.

    Since 2009, both Manchester clubs have spent a combined $2.3 billion on players alone, but it has come without any success in the Champions League.

    It shows that football is not all about money to succeed. There are many other ways in building a team to reach the top.

    Spending money is what has to be done in the modern game in order to reach certain goals and objectives, but the Premier League goes way overboard and just throw money down the drain. The huge price tags are also the reason why potential superstars have flopped because of the pressure and expectations put on them.

    Kyle Walker ($65 million)….Leonardo Bonucci ($45 million)

    It sums it all up.

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    • July 22nd 2017 @ 3:17am
      jeff dustby said | July 22nd 2017 @ 3:17am | ! Report

      Thanks scoop

    • July 22nd 2017 @ 4:06am
      Partyhat said | July 22nd 2017 @ 4:06am | ! Report

      Yeah, Juve, really thrifty team,
      How much was Higuain again?

      • Roar Pro

        July 22nd 2017 @ 8:18am
        andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

        Juventus don’t spend €100m on one player every year. He is one of the best strikers in the world and it was good business. Don’t see your point

      • July 22nd 2017 @ 8:54am
        Frank said | July 22nd 2017 @ 8:54am | ! Report

        They didn’t pay over the top though did they Partyhat? Juventus had the ambition to win the champions league. Silly example

        • July 22nd 2017 @ 11:09am
          R King said | July 22nd 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

          How has that worked out for Juve then? Two finals and still no trophy.

          • Roar Pro

            July 22nd 2017 @ 11:45am
            andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 11:45am | ! Report

            You can’t blame it on Higuain though…

            He was exactly what Juventus needed

    • July 22nd 2017 @ 6:47am
      pete4 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 6:47am | ! Report

      That’s how it goes football and capitalism go hand in hand if the $ is there clubs will do all they possibly can to win

      I thought Morata to Chelsea for £70 million was expensive for a 24 year old who was largely on the bench at Real Madrid. But if the club sees value there good luck to them

      • Roar Pro

        July 22nd 2017 @ 8:22am
        andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 8:22am | ! Report

        Every other league buys top quality players for the right amount.
        The premier league’s strategy is to just spend stupid amounts of money on players (mostly foreigners) when they could also be using their youth teams. No wonder the England national team are always failing

        • Roar Pro

          July 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am
          andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

          Is that the senior team now is it? ?

          Those players that won those tournaments don’t get a chance in the first team for their English clubs, meaning they have to move abroad or to the second division, harming their growth and potential…

          Alright platypus?

          • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:08am
            platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:08am | ! Report

            what’s wrong with moving abroad to get first team football? didnt seem to do solanke any harm at vitesse

            what’s wrong with accumulating 100+ games in the championship by the time you’re 20-21? everyone was wetting themselves when mooy was there.

            not everyone has to burst onto the scene at a big club by 20 years of age. in fact it will do more harm than good.

            • Roar Pro

              July 22nd 2017 @ 10:16am
              andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

              Platypus mate…

              Why do you think England haven’t won a major trophy since 1966?

              There are many factors, but the most obvious one is that the kids aren’t nurtured as they make their way up the first team. This is what happens when you sign too many foreigners. Recently it’s happened to Italy as well, but now they are focusing on youth which will help the national team going forward

            • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:24am
              platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:24am | ! Report

              Nice to see you can also predict the future on the future of national football curriculums. Add that to your splendid writing skills on your next CV!

              Good to know Italy are focusing on youth yet got spanked by benchwarmers from England at the U20

              • Roar Pro

                July 22nd 2017 @ 10:46am
                andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

                You’re actually clueless ???

            • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:55am
              platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:55am | ! Report

              Which part was clueless?

              Christiano’s BS formula 101

              Make a stupid statement or generalisation

              Someone corrects you or makes an argument

              Completely ignore that “someone” and make an offensive remark

              Repeat

            • July 22nd 2017 @ 11:49am
              chris said | July 22nd 2017 @ 11:49am | ! Report

              platypus you are a real pain. All you ever comment on are Christians articles. Your comments only highlight what a sad case you are and you really need to get a life.

    • July 22nd 2017 @ 8:12am
      BrainsTrust said | July 22nd 2017 @ 8:12am | ! Report

      Its an interesting one, if leagues were measured in effective use of money where would the EPL sit,dead last in Europe for sure. Elsewhere you have China of course. Is it because the English weather makes them have to pay more for the high end players, well Germany is no basket of roses weather wise yet they seem to be economically efficient. Is it because of food , England can boast many top restaurants, buts that because the general fare is so poor that makes overcharging for food possible. If it was food then China would have no problem. Is it because the local players are also inferior to the other major competitions, well that would be a problem if there was strict foreigner restrictions like China has.
      There seems to be an inherent stupidity in English club management, that its hard to work out why it exists.
      Maybe thats the problem the players know the English clubs are stupid and demand more like an overpriced store with a dumb customer.
      Where the EPL has been a enormous worldwide success is promoting itself above others and looking to foreign countries while the others twiddled their thumbs and only worried about their local scene.

    • July 22nd 2017 @ 8:34am
      Swanny said | July 22nd 2017 @ 8:34am | ! Report

      My seven year old could write this article.

      Christian, try telling us something new abt the football world . Please , untap your writing potential.

    • July 22nd 2017 @ 8:37am
      Swanny said | July 22nd 2017 @ 8:37am | ! Report

      U r saying spending money doesn’t bring champions league success for the Manchester clubs . So how exactly did Resl Madrid Barcelona Bayern Munich Aquire their very expensive squads . I think they spend spend spend Christian.

      • Roar Guru

        July 22nd 2017 @ 9:38am
        Joey Johns said | July 22nd 2017 @ 9:38am | ! Report

        “wow you’re thick”

        And the writer shows his true colours.

        Take a hike mate, this is the Roar and one doesn’t need to be belittled by someone with small-mans-syndrome.

        Your character (and investigative journalism & writing skills) are as bad as the talent of English Football. I can recall several articles from you where you’ve blatantly plagiarized and copied word for word discussions seen on the tele. You could at least reference your sources rather than masquerading professional commentators opinions as your own.

        And finally, to prove how thick you are… you can’t even english properly. “name some player who … … … have spent a stupid amount on a player”

        Wow you are thick

        • July 22nd 2017 @ 9:53am
          platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

          don’t hurt his feelings Joey he’s only thirteen.

        • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:03am
          chris said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

          I think the writer has shown enough patience with dimwits like you.
          If you dont like his articles dont read!

        • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:10am
          Craig Dunsall said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:10am | ! Report

          Oh shut up Joey for god sake

          Since reading Christian’s articles you can tell it’s his own opinions. Even if he did watch some analysis on the tele, is he not allowed to learn and gain a different perspective?

          What a complete bully you are!

          Like Chris said, if you don’t like his articles then don’t read

        • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am
          Craig Dunsall said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

          It shows Christian has passion for the game which is what I admire

          • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:12am
            platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

            passion for the game = pretend to know football.

            you tell em Craig

      • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am
        Swanny said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

        Wow Christian. Name calling from a journalist. Do u have trouble regulating your emotions.

        • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am
          platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

          give christiano a break. he’s a hopeless wannabe. using cliches is his forte

          • Roar Pro

            July 22nd 2017 @ 10:17am
            andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report

            Go have a swim platypus

            • July 22nd 2017 @ 10:25am
              platypusFC said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

              Go take another candid photo of yourself Christian

              • Roar Pro

                July 22nd 2017 @ 10:47am
                andresilva10 said | July 22nd 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

                Woah great comeback! ?

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