Crystal Palace are currently going through one of their worst injury crisis’ in living memory but on a purely financial basis, the Eagles’ squad is one which should be able to compete with the best clubs in Europe over the course of a full league campaign.
19th most expensive squad in Europe… pic.twitter.com/PhlhISXMj3
— E-Crystal Palace (@e_crystalpalace) February 12, 2018
Anyone who had a glance at the bench Roy Hodgson had pieced together for last weekend’s trip to Goodison Park will have struggled to believe the bare facts and figures but with the likes of Christian Benteke and Mamadou Sakho accounting for a whopping £60 million between them, it’s not hard to understand how the costs begin to mount up.
The research, conducted by the CIES Football Observatory, sought to shine a light on the impact that English clubs’ spending in the January transfer window had on the balance of power across Europe and whilst the likes of Manchester City, PSG, Manchester United and Barcelona predictably lead the way, our position of 19th has certainly raised a few eyebrows.
Following the most recent round of Premier League fixtures, Roy Hodgson and his players find themselves just one point above the bottom three with 11 games to play; a position that is something of a miracle given the fact that we began the 2017/18 season with a run of seven games in which we failed to score a goal or pick up a single point,
Seeing the likes on Inter Milan. title-chasing Napoli, West Ham, Wolfsburg, Leicester and Sevilla all below us on the list does start to raise questions about our decision-making when it comes to the fees we’ve willingly forked out in recent years. Of course we’ve been desperate to compete and retain our place in the Premier League but it’s hard not to feel as though we’ve been taking for a ride on more than a few occasions over the value of the players we’ve purchased.
Yes, our current injury issues do skew the picture somewhat but even so, CIES’s findings make for rather bleak reading.