The New Boys are here to stay
Norwich City, QPR and Swansea have reason to be pleased with themselves. All of them are now placed above the relegation bottom 3 boundary.
It comes as a surprise, really. The initial expectations of neutrals following the Premier League always seem to guess that the new boys will always go down. It’s not been the case this season, as both Norwich and QPR lie in the top 10, whilst Swansea lie in a respectable 15th position.
So what’s happened? Have the Premier League clubs’ level deteriorate? Do the newly promoted clubs have better financial backing? Or is it simply the passion and ambition of being in the Premier League bigger than of those whom were already in the Premier League last season?
I’ve already written an article about Bolton. Bolton sit in 60 million pounds of debt and they look the worst equipped in the battle against relegation, although Blackburn and Wigan are indeed in big trouble as well. So here’s what I think about the situation.
A good time to look at would probably be Gameweek 7, when the 3 clubs sat right next to each other in the Premier League table. I don’t reckon it’s at all because the fixture lists have been kind to them (Swansea had Man City on week 1 for crying out loud), but their team’s are actually very rounded from winning the second tier of English football.
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So let’s think about spending.
The biggest signing of the three clubs is:
In today’s football world, that’s a relatively small fee to fork out for a record signing among 3 clubs in the Premier League. Danny Graham has made a rather successful start to his Swansea career as well, notching up 3 goals in 8 appearances for the Welsh outfit since his move.
When comparing the figure to the other clubs, transfer activity amongst the 3 newly promoted sides has been limited – although they’ve signed many players on loan / as free transfers over the summer.
But their free transfer activity has been pretty significant. I especially think that QPR’s signing of Joey Barton from Newcastle United is still an absolute steal despite the Englishman’s highly unpredictable temperament on the pitch.
It is likely that Norwich City are low on transfer kitty following a two year drop in the annual extra 40 million pounds that being in the Premier League immediately pockets you per annum. They rely on the Premier League money to keep their finances intact, hence there might have been a bit of issue in that department because of this.
Now that’s interesting, because if you don’t spend much money when you are expected to be relegated already even with spending, how the h*ll do you stay afloat in the Barclays Premier League. If you don’t spend, that means that your players you have at your disposal (to try and win the second tier) are already good enough, or even better than required to beat the drop – that the standard in the BPL is perhaps dropping.
I am interested though in what’s happening to Adel Taarabt. He lit up the Championship last year with QPR and this year he’s gone a bit flat. I do wonder whether he is able to cope with the physicality of the Premier League.
The new boys are beating the drop. Now the question is, how long can they keep it up?