Are any of giants’ current transfer strategies working?

Date published: Monday 1st June 2020 2:31

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Are any of the giants’ current transfer strategies working?
Recent Mailboxes have brought up Barca’s issues something I’ve been tracking with interest ,It was suggested Barca follow Liverpool strategy …. Sounds right but I think it should b more there use of data than the aspects quoted in the mail.Barca’s problems have usually stemmed from the players under performing no matter the price (Semedo for instance cost less than 50 million) ,

It made me wonder outside of England has  any team really gotten their recruitment right in the last 3 years .Here’s a short review,

Barca – Just De Jong and Arthur have really been big successes , Lenglet has been okay . You do however feel without Messi and Ter Stegen they would drop-out of the champions league at the 1st playoff stage at best.

Real Madrid -They May end up proving you can do something with kids (as forwards but large swathes of that team are getting old particularly the engine room Ramos is 34 already and it’s hard to believe Varane is still only 27.The strike force (besides the kids ) is built around Benzema and the golfer they keep booing,Hazard has not completely worked out yet,

Juve – De Ligt may get there , they have 427 midfielders and never seem to have confidence in any, Are depending on whats left of Ronaldo and Higuain to advance in Europe, are still just slightly better than everyone domestically, just.

Bayern – It’s been a bit hit and miss the high profile targets  (Pavard and Hernandez have under performed ,While unheralded Alphonso   Davies has  been the revelation. Lewandoski is the key man, they are still miles in front even though Leipzig and now Hertha  Berlin can invest more in players now, Push comes to shove you get the feeling when Lewandoski does go they will just take Haaland off Dortmund like they always do.

So there seems to a bit of a rot and the major giants hidden by the fact there isn’t as much competition as there is in the premiership some need to get there stuff in order before they become the next United post Fergie or Milan
Roode, MUFC

 

Who achieved most on small budget?
I would say Big Sam Allardyce in his time at Bolton when he got them into Europe. Also David Moyes when he got Everton into the Champions league until that referee disallowed Big Duncs goal the same referee retired not long after.
Peter Corfield

 

I enjoyed reading Mikey’s list of managers who achieved a lot on a small budget. Having said that, I can only assuming he is trolling by including David Moyes at Everton in there. Firstly, getting Everton to compete for sixth place every other year should not be defined as “achieving a lot.” Back in the 2000’s, they were by far one of the best resourced teams outside of the big 4.

Anyway, I would love to add my favorite over achieving manager to the list:

Rene Girard at Montepellier

Just before the PSG petrodollar-juiced juggernaut got fully going, Rene Girard managed to grab a first Ligue Un crown for Montepellier. Despite spending £82m on players and luring Carlo Ancelotti to Paris, PSG failed to stop Montepellier pipping them to the title. The season before they had finished 14th and were given 80/1 odds to win the title. Their squad’s backbone consisted of a fantastic group of youngsters – Younes Belhanda, Remy Cabella and Benjamin Stambouli – and was lead by club record signing (£1.7m!!!) Olivier Giroud….

Far more impressive than anything David Moyes ever spaffed out at Everton!
Oliver, LFC

 

David Wagner…
Dear sir

Mikey’s 2 letters were interesting to this Huddersfield Town supporter; the first for his reference to Wagner’s negative goal difference in our promotion season and the second for his omission of Wagner for that very same season (and the subsequent avoiding of relegation) on a minuscule budget.

The negative goal difference and sparse budget are interlinked.

The key features of Wagner’s transformation of Huddersfield Town from perennial strugglers to Premier League interlopers were the assembly of a character laden Anglo-German squad, astonishing yet difficult to sustain fitness and a game plan which relied upon gaining the lead and managing the result from there.

With more than 20 single goal victories, many of which we never looked like losing or drawing, Wagner navigated the season with enormous skill and this included eschewing pointless over exertion if games didn’t go to plan, resulting in some heavy losses.

Once automatic promotion was out of reach – and this was accepted earlier by Wagner than supporters – the final stages of the season were used as preparation for the play offs, including some pretty extensive rotation.

The final 4 games saw a negative goal difference of 7 but in and amongst was a 1-0 win away at Wolves with a full strength team which secured a play off spot.

2016/17 and the survival season may well prove to be Wagner’s zenith as a manager, but the negative goal difference was a reflection of near perfect management of a squad with pretty average ability but indefatigable spirit.
GledholtHTFC

 

Johnny Nic…
John Nicholson suggests clubs make tickets free. I’m sorry but its one of the worst ideas I’ve seen him push – even for his own cause.

Here’s the thing, if EPL clubs make their tickets free….what do you think is going to happen to Championship, League One and League Two ticket prices? There will be downward pressure on them as fans of those division point to the EPL have cheaper prices and how their clubs are now essentially robbing them price wise (there are always linkages for these things economics wise).

Of course some fans will understand the economics but not most especially in these trying times. Never mind that some EPL clubs kinda need that matchday money too, not every EPL club is owned by an oil rich middle eastern country or a financial genius.

Last time I check John actually loves the Football League so I don’t know why he’s pushing for their destruction with this idea. I kid, of course that’s not what he is aiming for –  but that is what will happen.

Those clubs rely on matchday revenue a lot and this is one of the reasons there’s such a big fight on continueing the season in EFL (especially League One who had a civil war over it). Its also one of the reasons League Two opted to close down, no paying matchday fans means no money to pay for the cost of hosting matches. Theyre already losing money pre-COVID (and player wages below the Championship isnt high), imagine if fans were able to return but they had to cut prices further cos of pressure?

Anyways, the reason why its hard to do in the EPL is because there is such a long waiting list to get season tickets as demand vastly bout strips supply especially at the bigger clubs. Yes sometimes quick boycotts and demonstrations (like what Liverpool fans did) could stage a bad look that could get the club to back off a price increase but really……as long as that waiting list is a lot bigger than the stadium capacity, they can fall back on those if they’re willing to take a short PR hit.

And with COVID likely being a reality for the next two years, seats will likely even be MORE limited even if fans are allowed to come back which isn’t going to help the prices of things. Forget lower ticket prices, some clubs may not even survive with current ones. And we can all agree that club > no club.
Yaru, Malaysia

 

That was an awfully long winded way to ask for a free ticket Johnny.
Edward Canhands (Brackets for the sake of brackets)

 

Vuvuzela, VuvuYES PLEASE
After my surprise at seeing two of my mails published in the same mailbox this morning (Thank you F365, appreciate it a lot, been an avid user of this site since 2010) I thought I would cheekily drop an afternoon mail in, dont worry a super short one this.

Adlan mentioned about replacing crowd noise with the sound of Vuvuzelas, now I have fond memories of that fantastic horn, as the World Cup from 2010 is and I think will be for quite some time my favourite World Cup ever, from the goals, that brutal final, the atmosphere and of course that incredible FIFA World Cup game with one of the best soundtracks of all time, honestly go check it out if you get a moment, so many classics and fantastic summer tunes, but back to my main point, many disliked the sound of the Vuvuzela, so much so that many grounds banned them before the World Cup even came to a close, which for me was a shame, it really did add an atmosphere to each match, you couldn’t hear your team mates or anything else mind you, but I would be a huge champion of them coming back during these behind closed doors games.
Mikey, CFC

 

Adlan, whilst many players in the Premier League might be emboldened by a South Africa World Cup boost, it may not benefit English, French, or Italian players given their national teams’ respective performances at that tournament…
James Jones, STFC (optimistically assuming vuvuzelas were the reason why Capello’s England did not march on to triumph in 2010)

 

Another Project Restart question…
As we all know, there are currently far more questions than answers concerning Project Restart. Here is another important one to add to the list:

Despite playing games behind closed doors, will Arsenal continue to announce that each of their remaining homes games at the Emirates Stadium has been a sell out?
Damien, Tufnell Park

 

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