Plenty has been made of Crystal Palace’s frugal approach to the January transfer window this season, but thanks to TalkSPORT, we can now see how well the club have performed in relation to financial outlay compared to the rest of the division.
The statistics in the league table shown above rank each and every one of the Premier League’s teams’ points tally in relation to their net transfer spend, ending up with a table that resembles a hierarchy of the clubs who have generated the best value for money from thier purchases over the course of the last 12 months.
Of course, like all of these things, it’s far from a perfect science, but after a January window which saw only Emmanuel Adebayor arrive in SE25, much to the frustration of a vast number of our supporters, it’s certainly interesting to see how we’ve measured up against the teams we’re trying to outdo from week to week.
With an influx of extra TV revenue set to flow into the club’s coffers over the summer, not to mention the added financial backing that will be offered by our new American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer, it’s fair to suggest that a decent chunk of money will be spent on new arrivals between now and August, as we look to ensure that a collapse similar to that which occurred between the turn of the year and April doesn’t happen again.
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the starting XI at Alan Pardew’s disposal is capable of challenging for a place in the top half when they are firing on all cylinders, but there remains an understandable sense of scepticism over whether or not we possess the strength in depth necessary to maintain a sustained challenge at that end of the league for nine months at a time.
It’s certain to be an extremely busy summer for everyone behind the scenes at Selhurst Park, but for the time being, the above table certainly makes for interesting reading when analysing our performance during the current campaign.