Free market my friend, free market. Well done Watford?Amazing that a striker signed for 11m and who hasnt scored since November quadruples in value. EFL clubs need to collectively take a stand and refuse to sell players to PL clubs for less than 10m or the gap just continues to widen and no club can ever afford to go up - would also stop the ritual rape of lower league assets mid season for peanuts
free market, supply and demand, will always win...The money in the PL (and top flight football the world over nowadays) is so staggering this sort of transfer is not a shock anymore.
I remember reading an article some time back about the exclusive addresses in huge but crumbling mansions on The Bishops’ Avenue in north London. They had a quote from an estate agent who sells the properties there saying that they charge interested clients £1000 just to see the catalogue of lots. To almost everyone on this forum, including the most successful business wise like our old friend Charlie, this is a ludicrous charge to pay for something that has a unit cost of around £2 to assemble. However, the agent justified it by saying that those who buy it show that they’re serious. Essentially, they’re selling houses to people who are so wealthy that £1000 is like spending a few pennies in your newsagent for a chocolate bar.
The PL world is now like that. To sign a player for £10m is thought of as nothing as the fee is essentially paid within minutes through shirt sales or other income streams. Everton have paid £50m not as a speculative gamble but because they can afford it.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the football bubble went OTT. The advent of the PL itself in 1992? The lucrative deals for CL qualification (ultimately Leeds United’s undoing in chasing that dream)? The arrival of Roman Abramovich? The increasingly outrageous TV deals? All I know is that £50m is now pennies to a club like Everton. It’s not the only business to do the same – any entertainment form such as music, film, TV etc has gone the same way.
Unfortunately I pay for the cricket. If cricket only was an option, I’d do that.if people didn't keep subscribing and paying the yearly increases then the money wouldn't be there
pay tv license then a base fee for programs you never watch then extra for sports etc..watch an up and coming boxer then pay even more when he fights for a title etc etc
they then control the sport and dictate what day a game must be played and kick off with total disregard for the paying fans.
My mum is a Sky customer who has just reduced her sub to only the Sky Cricket channel as far as the 'extra' channels are concerned. They let her do it as she was going to cancel it altogether - so it CAN be done!Unfortunately I pay for the cricket. If cricket only was an option, I’d do that.
Not through Virgin it can’t!My mum is a Sky customer who has just reduced her sub to only the Sky Cricket channel as far as the 'extra' channels are concerned. They let her do it as she was going to cancel it altogether - so it CAN be done!Unfortunately I pay for the cricket. If cricket only was an option, I’d do that.