Let’s face it; the money in football is utterly bonkers, and nothing has underlined those sentiments quite like the performances of this summer’s big money signings. Please, please can the corporate giants stop killing the game.
The new TV sponsorship deal certainly encouraged teams to splash the cash during the summer and while some big signings have vindicated their value, many haven’t. Here are the biggest culprits that highlight just how ludicrous the world’s most lucrative league has become.
Few people had heard of Sunderland’s record signing before his arrival at the Stadium of Light and, while it’s still early days, it seems that there was good reason for that. Quite frankly, if you don’t stand out from the crowd of Lee Cattermole, Jan Kirchhoff, and Jack Rodwell, then you’re probably not worth the £13.8m that the Black Cats reportedly paid.
Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy, has a reputation for brokering brilliant deals from a financial perspective, but even he must’ve been laughing his bollocks off when completing the £13m sale of Ryan Mason to a newly promoted Hull City. Mason might be a member of England’s ‘one cap wonder’ club, but the fact he is the Tigers’ record signing is nothing short of laughable. And if you’re one of the many fans thinking he’s still young, think again. He’s actually 25.
Rafa Benitez may have been ridiculed at various stages in his career, but fetching THIRTY MILLION POUNDS for a player that didn’t want to be at the club proves he is a genius. Moussa Sissoko is a talent on his day, but those moments occur about as regularly as a funny episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys. The only man currently pleased to see the Frenchman at White Hart Lane is Vincent Janssen.
The three promoted clubs had no choice but to spend some money ahead of the new season, and I doubt anyone has any real issue with buying a very good Championship player in the hope he can make the step up. However, breaking the £10m barrier to do it, as was the case with Burnley’s capture of Jeff Hendrick is a little hard to swallow – especially when they could’ve just worked harder to keep Joey Barton.
On the face of it, £32m is probably the going rate for a striker of Michy Batshuayi’s standing. Spending that sort of money on a striker who is essentially warming the bench, on the other hand, is nothing short of ludicrous. Luckily for Roman Abramovic, that sort of money is a drop in the ocean.
With a brand new sparkly stadium and the promise of a major £20m+ striker, West Ham fans could have been forgiven for their heightened optimism in the summer. However, it’s all gone a little tits up in 2016-17, not least when it comes to strikers. Instead, they ended up with a striker who scored 12 last year in what was the most prolific season of his campaign.
It’s been over two decades since Arsene Wenger managed in Japan, but the Arsenal boss simply cannot help himself. After the previous failures of Junichi Inamoto and Ryo Miyaichi, the Gunners are at it again wth Takumo Asano. Despite the minimal fee involved, the only positive is that it will boost Arsenal’s commercial endeavours in that part of the world. If this was an incentive behind the purchase, the game has gone mad.
We’ve all been tempted to take back an ex boyfriend or girlfriend in the past, but most of are smart enough to resist the urge. Unfortunately for Manchester United, they didn’t only bring back a player they’d once cast aside. They also paid a world record transfer fee in the process. Given what Jose Mourinho had been through with Chelsea, you’d have thought he’d have known that things are never as good the second time around.
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Have a look at the nine players who suffered from ‘Rooney syndrome’…
2008 – Fernando Torres
It's one of those situations where, on one hand, you're devastated that such a talent disappeared, almost overnight. However, on the other hand, you're so pleased that it was Chelsea who got left with an expensive flop.
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Raul and Morientes, were serious #relationshipgoals.
And then the Spaniard kind of got, well, a little bit shit.
Shame, really; I always liked being Morientes down the park.
Perhaps an element of loyalty coming in here again. Don't get us wrong, Kaka could be a world-beater on his day, but only really had two AMAZING seasons.
If ever the slow pace of Italian football suited anyone, it was the Ukrainian superstar.
A mercurial talent, but a talent nonetheless. Have to wonder what might've been if England had managed to not cock-up their golden generation.
Robin van Persie
Lol RvP doesn't start for Fenerbahce now. Image Source: Getty
Never actually quite sure if the Argentine striker was any good. But football hipsters tell me, so.
Really, really shouldn't have joined Chelsea - sound advice for anyone in football, really.
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Nemanja Matic is now deemed a more useful, attacking outlet by Antonio Conte.