How many times have you heard ‘Celtic would be better off in the Premier League’? Well, this got us thinking about other clubs around Europe who would be a better fit for a number of reasons in different leagues.
Curious? We had quite a fun time doing the analysis on this one, and taking everything into account we’ve come up with a combination of clubs that you could probably guess, as well as a few curve-balls.
Atletico Madrid to Serie A
It has always been said if Diego Simeone was to go to another club, it would be one plying their trade in Serie A. The Argentine sets up to play a defensive game and has turned Atleti into a club that is notoriously hard to beat over the last few seasons.
Italy would be the perfect destination and if they had been in the competition for the past couple of campaigns, Los Rojiblancos could probably have won the league consistently, even taking into account Juventus who are yet to show that they can match or even better a Spanish team in recent years.
Bayern Munich to the Premier League
There is no doubt that every other club in Bundesliga is battling for second place. Arguably, there are two or three outfits in Germany who could be regarded as a similar standard as Borussia Dortmund now, leaving the Bavarian side in a league of their own.
The Premier League, meanwhile, which is arguably the most competitive league in the world, would offer Bayern a much bigger challenge and could make for several intriguing fixtures. With the likes of similarly powerful squads or first XIs such as Chelsea and Manchester United posing stern tests they may feel a better sense of satisfaction if they won England’s elite competition.
Everton to Bundesliga
Taking into account recent investment, player additions and their style of football, the Toffees could arguably find it easier to compete and increase their chances of finishing in a Champions League position.
Currently there are at least six clubs who are ahead of them in terms of ability, while in Germany, only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund would likely stand in their way. RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen make for interesting prospects and are fixtures that Ronald Koeman would relish, though the thought of Everton in the Bundesliga makes for interesting contemplation.
Southampton to La Liga
A club, which since its return to the Premier League, has played good, attractive football, making intelligent signings, the Saints could really do well in the Spanish top flight.
While teams like Real Madrid and Barcelona would have too much for them, there is no reason why they couldn’t secure a Champions League place on a regular basis. A goalscorer with the ability of Manolo Gabbiadini would clean up in La Liga and Dusan Tadic could cause big problems for sides, while a player like Jordy Clasie could be a menace with his distribution.
Ajax to La Liga
Considering over the years, the Amsterdam club has been somewhat of a feeder club for La Liga sides (Barcelona particularly) it would make for intriguing viewing if the Dutch outfit played in Spain for a season.
With a similar style of play and highly technical players there would be many intriguing fixtures and it would be interesting to see how they would adapt, especially when they are so used to winning nearly every week in the Eredivisie.