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Wednesday debate No.6- Spend Spend Save?

January 16, 2013
The good january signings...

The good january signings…

and the very very bad....

and the very very bad….

An entirely football (or soccer for you Americans) based blog this week I’m afraid, tackling the subject of whether it is worth spending money in that most frantic of times, the January transfer window.

On the one hand, January is a crucial time for reinforcements. After 6 months of the season, the gaps in the squad have been exposed and a team can make sure they get the right players for the task. Players that are in form can be brought in to aid the squad. Clubs struggling for relegation can be revolutonised by a new signing, rescued from the depths a la Djibril Cisse for QPR. In the top half, a good signing can provide the extra impetus necessary to push for Europe. See Papiss Cisse for Newcastle last year. What can this tell us? Sign players called Cisse in the window.  Certainly the Premier League clubs enjoy the window- an average spend of £103m per year is truly staggering.

However, it is rarely economical to spend at such a time. £50m for Torres is a stark example but there are dozens of other January signings that have similarly flopped. Prices are enormously inflated as clubs NEVER want to lose players at such crucial times. Moreover, 6 months does not a player make. Andy Carroll scored a dozen goals in half a premiership season and then got snapped up for an obscene amount of money. The temptation to buy players on form is generally too much for some sides and next thing you know, you’ve got a new (expensive) reserve team player.

I hope you enjoyed my take on January transfers, I reckon that unless there are exceptional circumstances, it’s not economical to spend. Since it has been such a big sporting week so far, I might bring out an extra blog on Friday just to discuss all the events. Thanks for reading, please like and follow for more! Ooh! And vote in the fancy new poll below!

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