JOHN CROSS COLUMN: A catchy figure shows Premier League clubs spend a lot of money when it comes to buying players from EFL teams.
The huge spending spree by Premier League clubs in the January window has left EFL owners struggling to survive.
Gillingham chairman Paul Scally called the £295million spent on transfers ‘obscene and disgusting’ and insisted it would only bolster Tracey Crouch’s report recommendations that clubs Prem should do more to help the football pyramid.
But there is one eye-catching and very surprising figure that shows Premier League clubs are pouring a lot of money into the EFL when it comes to buying Championship, League One and Two players.
Incredibly since the summer window of 2019 Premier League clubs have spent over HALF A BILLION on EFL players which is a pretty strong counter argument when it comes to the elite filtering money through the football pyramid.
There have been huge moves in this period from Arsenal’s £30m splash on Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, Tottenham’s £25m splash on Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham and James Maddison joining Leicester from Norwich for £20 million.
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Additionally, Ben Godfrey, Callum Wilson, Ollie Watkins, Jarrod Bowen and Said Benrahma move from the Championship to the Premier League.
That might not even include the biggest star of them all, Jude Bellingham, who moves from Birmingham to Borussia Dortmund for £30m.
Discussions are still ongoing over implementing the findings of Crouch’s review, such as a bigger transfer tax from transfers that leak into the EFL to help struggling clubs.
But Derby’s current crisis certainly doesn’t help the argument. Prem clubs are adamant that this is the worst possible example, because why should they bail out a club that has spent and managed so recklessly? Sadly, that leaves fans caught in the middle and the biggest victims of all.
Spurs face hidden rivals in TV ratings contest
The FA Cup tie between Tottenham and Brighton will be shown on ITV4 and take on The Masked Singer on Saturday night.
That’s because ITV clearly didn’t fancy putting the fourth round tie in the usual teatime slot as it would have been against rugby when Scotland play England in the Six Nations on BBC1.
ITV didn’t want to disrupt their Saturday night primetime viewing by disrupting the hugely popular Masked Singer to make way for football, but the cup tie is certain to dominate the non-terrestrial charts.
Former England striker Michael Owen was a huge hit on the masked singer before he was finally revealed and kicked off the show last week.
Tottenham and Brighton – along with the 12 teams whose matches are shown live this weekend – will receive £110,000 each – and if Kidderminster pull off another upset by beating West Ham they will pocket a further £90,000 in prize money.
No one should underestimate the value of the FA Cup for lower league clubs. Football funding expert Dr Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University estimates the Kidderminster Cup race is expected to generate around £1.3m.
Giantslayer Kidderminster has won more than £500,000 from prize money, broadcast fees and commercial revenue, while the cup race has contributed almost £800,000 to the local economy, the tie of West Ham alone generating nearly £300,000.
Premier League’s top club make capital gains with youngster
A Premier League club have successfully appealed to the FA and the Premier League to allow them to move one of their best young players and his family from one part of London to another.
Incentives such as house purchases and large payments to family members are a strict no-no under transfer rules for clubs when it comes to acquiring young players.
But this club were able to prove that the youngster’s estate had made it known that he was signing for a big club and, for the sake and safety of his family, they were able to move them.
One million fans to end Super League plans once and for all?
Football Supporters Europe are hoping to collect one million signatures to prevent any form of Super League from happening again.
The European Commission has approved a citizens’ initiative – including the FSE – called “win on the pitch” which aims to protect the future of football “based on values, solidarity, sustainability and open competition”.
They will need a million supporters from at least seven member states over the next year to ensure the EC passes legislation to prevent the Super League from being broached again.