Aston Villa Transfer Spend Comparison – Summer 2013
When you look at Aston Villa’s transfer spend for the summer of 2013, according to the tables published by Sporting Intelligence, it’s roughly the same as the £20 million outlay Lambert spent last summer. In terms of Villa’s acquisitions this summer and how they relate compared to other Premiership clubs in the tables below, the players transfer values are based on the following transfer prices (calculated by Sporting Intelligence). I certainly think you can shave £2 million off the Kozák price. Also, Steer wasn’t a free signing, with his transfer fee going to a tribunal.
* – According to Sporting Intelligence. Some are obviously estimates.
The outgoings from Villa Park that actually commanded a transfer fee are Barry Bannan to Palace for £1 million and Jean Makoun at £2.6 million to Rennes (amounts by SI). In the Sporting Intelligence tables below, they seem to have neglected loans from their figures. So, in Villa’s case, the estimated £2 million loan fee Villa received from Fulham for Darren Bent is not factored into the net Aston Villa transfer spend figure.
The Gross Spend of Premiership Clubs in the Summer of 2013
If you take say two million off the projected Kozák price, then Villa place 15th in the spending table. Considering the team finished 15th in the league last season, cynics will say Villa haven’t actually spent with a view to climbing the table this year.
Of course, this is a very simplistic viewpoint.
Lambert’s insightful and astute value purchases can’t be quantified in purely monetary terms. For example, Benteke’s £6 million transfer fee is miles away from his value now. That fact that he signed a new contract too is a akin to signing at least a £25 million valued forward. Also, the young team has a year of vital Premiership experience now, which, as we’ve already seen from the first three games, has toughened them up considerably.
The Premiership Club’s Net Summer 2013 Spend
Even when you factor in that extra £2 million Villa didn’t pay for Kozák and a further £2 million loan fee we got back from Bent, the club would still would be pretty much in the same position in the above net table. But with just over a net spend of £12 million, it shows Villa to be a tightly run club, considering the increased TV money they received. Villa could have easily spent more on players, yet restraint has been clearly exercised.
In terms of player wages, the club is almost where it wants to be, with really just the reckless contracts given to Given and Hutton an issue now. With Bent and Ireland off the wage bill though, it means that the Villa manager won’t have the spending shackles on now. Although, spending big has never been Lambert’s ethos.
Away from Villa, the most interesting factors of the last table are firstly the three teams that have actually made money this transfer window; two of them due to last-minute inflated-price selling of their best players.
In Spur’s case, the sale of Bale has facilitated a rebuilding of their team. It will take time to gel, but they’ll also have more cash in the kitty to strengthen further. Everton’s sale of Fellaini and also Anichebe (getting £6 million out of the Baggies is one of the best bits of business of the window), with Kone, Barry (loan), Lukaku (loan) and McCarthy coming in, also poses an interesting question to whether the team has managed to improve and also make money?
Contrast that with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City spending big, yet again, and you’re made to wonder whether these ‘Fair Play Rules’ could ever hold back the ‘Top Four’?
For Sporting Intelligence’s full Summer Transfer report click here
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