When you look at this window do you notice something obvious ?
Yep you guessed it there has been no real moves at all for any clubs. Ignoring loans then the following clubs have not made any cash incoming deals as yet
Arsenal, Blackburn, Bolton, Man City, Man U, QPR, Stoke, Sunderland, Wigan
Of the rest then the only significant deals were
Cahill – Chelsea
Gibson – Everton
Cisse – Newcastle (biggest deal)
Howson – Norwich
Of which the total is a combined reported £21M
It is really pitiful and whilst we may see some last minute moves (Sunderland anyone !!) this could be the lowest winter window since it was introduced. Is this a sign of the bubble bursting, a sign of the true economic times ?
Yes I think it is. The empty plastic seats at many grounds tells it’s own story. We saw falsified attendance figures and actually clubs inflate by including those not there but brought a ticket. In fact if the figures were actually announced for people actually attending, just how low would some attendances have been ?
Of course what keeps the PL afloat is Sky and they are benefiting. As the squeeze hits more and more of us then it is becoming much cheaper to pay for Sky and they are seeing subscriptions still rise. So in fact are we seeing the steady emptying of our grounds and will this force prices on the gate down (at last) ?
I would conclude that the bubble has burst, with the obvious exception of say Man City then wages are coming down at a lot of the clubs. Two out of three of the promoted clubs have strict wage limits and scales imposed. Of course at Villa the wage issue has dominated since March 2010 and we are doing the right thing in my view.
I think for clubs making the right calls now they will survive for clubs not making the right calls will we finally see a PL club go into administration ?