I read Karren Brady claim last week that ‘We spent £100million on players since he joined — and no club outside the top six has spent more’ in her column for the Sun, so I decided to check out this claim as it seems a bit too accurate, £100m….a bit precise, and a couple of other reasons but I will keep this article as factual rather than opinions.
So, here is the other Premier League clubs (I have not included the top 6 as Karren did not claim we have spent more than them) that have been in the Premier League club since Bilic was manager, their spend and their net spend, oh, and we haven’t even spent £100m ourselves, so that figure was plucked out of the air, put it alongside the ‘95% of fans are happy at the London Stadium’ claim from David Sullivan.
Bournemouth – spend since 15/16 – £117.09m net spend – £93.57m
Crystal Palace – spend since 15/16 – £150.75m net spend – £97.83m
Everton – spend since 15/16 – £263.95m net spend – £106.69m
Leicester City – spend since 15/16 – £204.61m net spend – £94.45m
Southampton – spend since 15/16 – £151.55m net spend – £15.24m
Stoke City – spend since 15/16 – £114.39m net spend – £58.46m
Swansea City – spend since 15/16 – £117.72m net spend +£14.13m
Watford – spend since 15/16 – £193.49m net spend – £118.47m
West Brom – spend since 15/16 – £113.85m – net spend – £76.09m
West Ham United – spend since 15/16 – £163.44m – net spend – £82.29m
Clubs that are comparable that have spent more than West Ham Utd since Slaven Bilic was manager – Everton, Leicester City and Watford
Clubs that have a higher net spend for the same period since the summer of 2015 – Watford, Leicester City, Everton, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.
There you have it, so the vice-chairman’s claim of ‘>We spent £100million on players since he joined — and no club outside the top six has spent more’ is wrong on both fronts – our spend and that no other club has spent more.
And that is where I will end this article, thanks for reading and feel free to follow myself on twitter @redhammer8 if you like this kind of ‘information’.
*All statistics taken from the well respected transfermarkt