Has greed taken over - Football
Sidders33 - Regular Writer
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With the news that Macclesfield’s game against Crewe postponed due to players and staff being paid repeatedly late and players striking, has greed in football started killing the game?
We have already seen Bolton have point deductions for going into administration and Bury be expelled from the league, yet the teams in the premier league continue to earn and spend extortionate amounts of money earned from TV deals.
Looking at some of the deals that took place in the summer, surely it is only a matter of time before it all collapses in on itself. How can teams in the lower leagues be going bust when premier league teams are spending 10s of millions of pounds on, what in reality, are average players.
While I don’t consider Wan Bissaka an average player and understand a lot of the few was for potential, but spending £50 million for a right back after one season in the premier league seems out of proportion. Ayoze Perez, who has never scored more than 12 goals in a premier league season moving to Leicester for £30 million. Rodri moved to Manchester City for a fee believed to be upwards of £65 million, when 12 months earlier he had signed for Athletico Madrid for less than £20 million I have seen City’s scouts be lauded for this in the press, but if they were really doing their job, they would have picked him up for £20 million.
Tyrone Mings, while a player who has always had massive potential, moved for over £20 million pounds despite playing only 17 league games in his 4 seasons with Bournemouth. The Cherries used that money to sign Phillip Billing from Huddersfield for £15 million pound. It is not so long a go that could have bought a whole team that could win you the Championship, yet now it is the price of one player. Another two moves from Championship to Premier League for Swansea totalled close to £40 million when they sold McBurnie and James to Sheffield United and Manchester United respectively. McBurnie has played 16 games in the premier league without scoring and James has never played a premier league game.
All of this does not take into account agent fees, which totalled over £260 million in 2018/19, or wages that continue to spiral. Premier League wages have soared over £50,000 per week on average, compared to just £8,500 in the Championship and £2,500 in League One.
How can football stand by and watch teams fail in the lower leagues while transfer fees, agents fees and wages continue to rise at an astronomical rate. Now is the time to act, to cap spending on players wages, much like Rugby or US team sports, to allow the wealth of the premier league to be shared right through to grass roots football for the good of them game as a whole.