Words: Jack Morrison
Image: Offside Sports Photography
There’s an infographic for everything these days. Whether it’s about RB Leipzig’s forward passes or City’s high intensity sprints or Declan Rice’s teenage Tweets, it's all there for us to look at. And now, there’s an infographic of how much every Premier League squad has cost since 1992. This one we like.
Interestingly, the graphic undermines the idea that spending big guarantees silverware. Top of the list from 1997 to 2001 is Newcastle United who, despite the Alan Shearer glory years, failed to win anything during that period. Leeds United replacing them at the top wouldn’t fare much better, finishing 4th in the 2000–2001 season and 5th in 2002–2003. Leeds would then drop off the graph forever, joined briefly in the doldrums by Newcastle in 2010. Even Arsenal’s invincible side cost £20 million less than Manchester United in the 2003–2004 season.
Following Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea takover, it seems as if the heavy cash investment by Premier League owners started to pay off. The Blues are top of the graph from 2003–2011—which encompasses the period starting with the Russian takeover and ending with Chelsea’s Champions League win. No surprise there. Maybe he only had one thing in mind when he was spending those big bucks? Similarly, Manchester City’s big spending following the takeover of the Abu Dhabi group would result in a FA Cup win in 2011 and the Agueroooooooo Premier League title in 2012. They’ve been hovering at the top of the list of big spenders ever since.
As for this season, Man City remain top, followed not by Liverpool, but Manchester United. Tottenham seem to be getting the best value for money, situated in third place in the table but sixth in terms of overall spend.
If there’s one thing that we can all this it’s money doesn’t necessarily buy silverware, but it helps. It really, really helps.
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