Last season saw a number of surprising things happen in the Premier League. The typical top teams were languishing around mid-table as a number of unexpected squads were flying high. It all culminated in a historically memorable league victory for underdogs Leicester City and it was a real eye-opening season for everyone in the league.
It really showed glaring issues within the game, the complacency and attitude of big named players and how huge money seemingly can’t always buy you guaranteed results. So of course this year things had to change. The big teams needed to once more find form and consistency and move forward with aplomb and proving that last season was just an unforeseen fluke.
Late last month the official January transfer window closed and its typically a time when all the big teams splash the cash in order to bring in some notable players to their squads in order to help give them a push up the table as they ramp up their second half of the season.
This year however it seems that most of the top 6 were a little more hesitant and throwing money around for potential transfers. Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Manchester United spent a total of just £40,000 between them.
Comparatively if we look back to this time last year the January spend in the Premier League was £175m, a 5-year high, and this if course was a season that saw plenty of highs and lows up and down the table.
The top teams are once more churning out much more consistent results and it seems that there isn’t currently any necessity to splurge unnecessarily on new players. Arsenal were the only team to spend from the top 6 teams in last months window which totals the aforementioned £40,000 sum. This was for the purchase of Cohen Bramall, a left-back bought from non-league side Hednesford Town. There were no other buys made by the top sides and the only notable arrival was that of Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus, who arrived at Manchester City in January following his purchase from Palmeiras back in August. Jesus was picked up for a cool £27 million but as the deal was made last summer it wouldn’t count towards the January transfer window spend.
Chelsea are currently topping the table and well on their way for another league victory sitting 10 points clear of their London rivals Tottenham with a game in hand. The blues failed to make any January purchases simply recalling Nathan Ake to their line-up following his on-loan stint at Premier League side Bournemouth.
Any respected football tipster will have them down to win their 6th league title but of course there’s still a long way to go and we are all very well aware that it’s a league where almost anything can happen. Lessons have certainly been learnt from last season and it looks like it’s a trend that is set to continue with teams and managers putting much more consideration behind their proposed spending habits.