Hammers in 15th Place in Spending League

There’s an interesting post on KUMB which shows the net transfer spending of all Premiership clubs over the last 5 years. Needless to say Chelsea are top with a net spend of £257 million (gulp). West Ham’s net spending is astonishingly onlt £10.5 million, which puts us in 15th place. The ones who have spent very unwisely are Tottenham (£59 million, 4th place) and Newcastle £43 million, 5th place). You can see the full table HERE. It takes a second to load.

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10 Responses to Hammers in 15th Place in Spending League

  1. BAC says:

    How surprising that ‘Money Mad West Ham’, as the press labelled us, are not topping the net spending league over the five year period. Although it would be a different story if the view were restricted to the last two seasons. We’d be fourth, behind Man Utd., Man City and Sunderland, and roughly on a par with Liverpool.

    The ‘bottom two’ would be Chelsea and Arsenal.

  2. Hinsdale Hammer says:

    The interesting one is Arsenal. Top of the Premiership and way down the list with net revenue from transfers! Sorry to say it but Wenger certainly seems to know what he’s doing.

  3. Matt Porter says:

    Let’s not forget though that we were in the Fizzy Pop league for 2 of those 5 years…

  4. HermitRoadHarry says:

    Actually, the one that leaps out for me is Liverpool. Take £20-odd million for Torres out of the equation and they’d STILL be third in the table – and yet name one truly world-class player they’ve bought in that time… Reina at a push? Alonso at even more of a push? Peter Crouch?! Taxi for Senor Benitez…

  5. S Delmere says:

    The table is a sad comment on life at West Ham. We’re in 15th place for two reasons. The first is that we’ve sold so many good players, with them we wouldn’t have needed to spend anywhere near as much and would have probably had a better team. The second is because nowadays, in Bosman times transfer, fees are not the whole story. We all remember that Harry supposedly spent very little but landed us with a long and large wages bill. There should be a better way of assessing spend than just fees alone.

  6. Prince H says:

    Very impressed by Wenger aren’t we all…
    It’s interesting to see that – if the numbers are correct – Sunderland has used nearly the same amount of money as Man City. It’s not hard to see that “Svennis” has used his big amount better….

    OK numbers for us I must say, comparing last years great escape season – with what the midtable situation have today. ANd less money spent – Even if allof’em new ones are injured….
    But in the end; last years many pounds may have been used better – we won seven out of nine last year – remember? 😉

  7. Graeme says:

    I have to say that the most amazing thing about this table is Arsenal, Totally Agree. I have seen it go back to 2000 before and they have a positive outcome of £12m. This puts them having spent over £100m less than any of the title rivals since the turn of the centuryand having won almost as many cups since 2000. That is some performance.

    You have to take your hat off to those bloody gooners.

  8. Bobby says:

    This is speculations. Where are the sources?

  9. Biffo the bear says:

    Speaking of spending money, has anyone any comments about the ticket prices for the Fulham away game? Slightly off-topic, I know, but worthy of discussion i think. I saw it here http://www.westhamonline.net/article.php?2253904||5||

  10. kevin mousley says:

    the list is interestng but not entirely relevant when it comes to assessing value for money spent on players. The wage bill as a proportion of income is much more relevant and we don’t get to see that until the year end. If the rumours are true I’d be surprised if west Ham were not in the top half of big spenders.

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