Aston Villa Agent Fees Are Double of Most Championship Clubs

Aston Villa Agent Fees

This week the FA published the tally of agent fees that Championship clubs have spent in this season’s two transfer windows. It showed that Aston Villa had spent significantly more than any other Championship team. In fact, more than double of any teams apart from Sunderland and Reading.

Contrast that to what Villa Footballing Director Steve Round had said at the AVST AGM last month, when he’d stated that Villa had kept agent spend to a minimum and hadn’t broken the limit for anyone.

Villa’s agent spend of £5,510,180 is actually more than four Premier League clubs including West Brom.

The  amount covers 18 Villa players from the FA transaction list (see below), taking into account players in and out, and also new contracts.

In terms of incoming players, it’s interesting that Villa top the agent fees table despite it covering two transfer windows where the club didn’t spend big on any transfer fees.

Instead, they relied on loan deals and getting in free agents like Samba and Terry.

aston villa agent spend

Why are Aston Villa Agent Fees High in Comparison?

Once again, Villa’s agent fee spend of £5,510,180 only covers 18 player transactions (no big incoming deals) and five of them are youth player contracts (including Keinan Davis).

Wolves amount of £2,001,023 is lower than the likes of Birmingham City, Derby, Norwich and Cardiff, yet it covers the coming and goings of 36 players – double Villa’s amount.

Does the Jorge Mendes factor once again factor?

Sunderland, who’s agent spend of £4,370,897, covering 29 players, is the second highest in the division, and another example of a club with a lot more player transactions than Villa.

It seems that Villa had to spend big on agents to swing particular deals. Was it the John Terry deal? The Robert Snodgrass one? The Lewis Grabban deal? Also, was there a big outlay on agent fees in terms of trying to offload Ross McCormack on loan?

It’s certainly an intriguing equation when comparing to some of the other clubs in the division.

Any ideas?

Championship club agent spend

Aston Villa – £5,510,180

Barnsley – £419,639

Birmingham City – £2,461,909

Bolton Wanderers – £223,432

Brentford – £1,690,415

Bristol City – £843,174

Burton Albion – £268,490

Cardiff City – £2,026,917

Derby County – £2,180,305

Fulham – £2,428,175

Hull City – £1,882,530

Ipswich Town – £241,969

Leeds United – £1,349,452

Middlesbrough – £2,538,840

Millwall – £311,505

Norwich City – £2,212410

Nottingham Forest – £1,141,512

Preston North End – £1,046,679

Queens Park Rangers – £1,817,113

Reading – £2,850,283

Sheffield United – £652,070

Sheffield Wednesday – £1,714,130

Sunderland – £4,370,897

Wolverhampton Wanderers – £2,001,023

From FA List of Intermediary payments



  1. At first sight this seems pretty poor but should it be offset against the wages saved ? I don’t think there would be too much argument with letting any of these go.

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