Another new season beckons. And isn’t it great to go into it as current Premier League Champions. Our opening fixture behind closed doors is against newly promoted Leeds United. Welcome back to the Premier League to Leeds. They are a proper Premier League outfit and, in a way, it has been a bit of a surprise to such a big club away from the top flight for so long. As I say, “welcome back!!” As a ne season starts, fans are always excited about the season ahead and excited about new signings. This summer though we have been very quiet in the transfer market. So much so the topic has been the subject of much debate. What about this window’s transfer dealings? Is it a risky transfer strategy or not?
Risky Transfer Strategy Or Not?
First off though, the question could easily be a two sided question. On the the one hand fans have been sceptical, even to the point of being critical, about the perceived lack of transfer activity. On the other hand though, fans have been rather cautious in their thinking in the current climate. Should we potentially go into mega debt for possibly the one transfer window?
So the question of, is it a risky transfer strategy or not is a double edged question. If we had done a “Chelsea” and spent like crazy then some fans will have been critical of that approach. Critical in the sense that the club could very well be rocking our well established and well thought out financial foundations.
However another approach is that by not buying and consolidating while on top is also a big gamble. Liverpool in days of old always seemed to consolidate their position at the top by making one or two marquee signings. With the greatest respect to Kostas Tsimikas, and as a good as a player as he is, you wouldn’t call him a marquee signing would you.
It seems that the money to buy Tsimikas has come from the sale of Dejan Lovren. Which has prompted some fans to label us a “sell to buy” club. On the face of it, it does seem to be that is the case. In fact the club under the current ownership have always said that they spend what they make. Some fans will say that is all well and good under normal circumstances. But we’re not in normal circumstances.
Risky Transfer Strategy Or Not – Still Time To Recruit
As it appears then and assuming we are a “sell to buy” club any new signings will be dependent on being financed by outgoings. But it seems transfer activity on the outgoings front is also quiet. Will it remain the case? Unlikely as the closure of the transfer window gets ever closer.
But if it so happens that we don’t offload any players to buy, then the cautious approach may well be seen to be a risky transfer strategy. After all, we will be expecting pretty much the same players to “Go Again” for a third season running effectively. Any injuries to key players or dip in form possibly followed by a dip in results will certainly see the “I told you so” brigade on the forums having a field day.
But if we did do a “Chelsea” and splashed big and another lockdown occurred further down the line, then this in itself would herald the other side of the “risky transfer strategy” coin. Where would we be without any revenue coming in? If we did what other clubs have supposedly done and taken out big loans, then how are these loans repaid with little income?
On a side note, I do find it amazing to some degree that in these days of fine financial balancing acts, the one immovable financial criteria is players wages. Yes, some clubs have tried to furlough admin staff etc. In fact we tried to do that ourselves but did a U-turn. And, no doubt, there will be other cost cuttings going on behind the scenes, but it seems that the players wages are unaffected. At all clubs I assume. This may not be the case, but I haven’t heard of any cases where it’s been announced that Premier League players have taken a pay cut. Maybe they have but just not been reported.
However, even if players didn’t take a pay cut they may very well say, “why should we?” Rather than get into the moralities of such a debate I think it’s suffice to say that it seems that the players are the last to suffer.
Playing Staff Budgets
As well as selling Dejan Lovren we have also reduced our wage bill even further. High earners like Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are no longer on the wage bill. But, on the other hand, how much have we had to fork out in bonuses as we won the title?
The point is, it is such a fine balancing act. A balancing act that no ordinary fan like myself will be privy to the full information thereof. Suffice it to say, it would be great to see one or two marquee signings. But, let’s also be clear, we have got to where we are as a result of some fantastic management and strategic decisions over the last most recent years. So, let’s give some credit where credit is due. These guys know what they are doing.
On the huge plus side it isn’t as if the squad needs major surgery. And, we also need to be mindful of the fact, that Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff see all these players every day in training. With that in mind we may well find that Minamino, Shaqiri, Grujic, Wilson, Brewster and others are really doing the business in training. They would be like new signings. It may well be therefore the powers that be feel we don’t need any new signings.
As far as we know, we may also already have players lined up. It is well worth noting in this current climate that any transfers are very much a two-way street. Any clubs that we are looking to buy from will obviously be looking to maximise their position even more so than normal. So it may well be that transfer negotiations are taking a bit longer.
In FSG And Jurgen We Trust
In short, in answer to the question of is this a risky transfer strategy or not then I think we should ‘go with the flow’ and trust our current owners and management. After all they haven’t too badly over the last few years have they? I am sure we will act if and when we see the need. Mind you, when we do and on a personal note, I’d love to see us get Thiago. What a player. And what an addition he would be.
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