Premier League teams are revolutionizing football, but after January’s record-breaking transfer spending, a troubling trend has emerged.
Premier League clubs continue to revolutionize professional football, as they have for the past 31 years since the league’s inception.
From an English perspective, this is favorable; but, this is not the case across the Channel.
As distance from Europe increases, a sort of unintentional Brexit occurs. Earning far more money, filling stadiums, and attracting elite athletes.
The major leagues on the Continent are also unhappy with the current state of affairs.
It would not be strange if, during a period of trouble for many people in this area, there were boasts that, in the one area in which many of us share a common interest, we are the top dogs, feasting on the juiciest bones.
Before we get too excited, there are risks associated with the fact that we can outbid Europeans on the transfer market.
I appreciate Chelsea’s Truss-like spending of £285.8 million in the previous month, but I wonder what will happen if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season or the following.
Manchester United attempted to purchase their way back to the top, but it became apparent that something beyond money was required, beginning with love and care from the club’s owners.
“All you need is love,” The Beatles sang. And without it from top to bottom, the engine grates and the ride is bumpy.
All bar the giant clubs of Europe are beginning to fear the might of pound sterling as it is wielded here, even if they appreciate the cash-cade that will boost Benfica after the British-record £106m sale of Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea.
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Others are appreciative of the millions that go into their financial accounts, but they are also aware of the damage that the sale of a star may cause to their aspirations.
For them, though, sustainability is paramount, and new finance is welcome.
This instantaneous infusion was a pipe dream for Championship teams, whose reputation as a talent factory has been shattered. Incredibly, only £25 million of our total spending last month went to second-tier clubs.
This is concerning. Either their academies are not generating exceptional young players, or the majority of them have been recruited by the big teams.
Even a cursory examination of Premier League squads reveals that they are bolstered by talented players from dozens of countries seeking riches in our Hollywood league.
Numerous players are enticed to move here by the Porsche-style lifestyle and the quality of the football. Combined with the agent’s desire for a large commission, persuasion is nearly complete.
Example: Flamengo’s top midfield talent, Joao Gomes, turned down a bigger offer from Ligue 1’s Lyon in order to sign with Wolves, citing his desire to play in the Premier League.
This season, more money has been spent on transfers in the Premier League than in the Bundesliga, LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Serie A combined. This is primarily due to the Premier League’s vastly higher TV contracts.
This disparity leads me to believe that our league is the largest in the world, even more significant than the Champions League, which, after all, is half-league and half-cup and involves a chosen group of players from the previous season.
Excellent job if you can find it. But if a club or player makes it to the Premier League, they are promised at least one year of fame, money, and yes, dread of losing them.