Remake/remodel – United’s task in hand

MANCHESTER did not have a good Champions League this past week, with both City and United tumbling out of the competition. While City’s exit was harsh in many ways, United got no more than they deserved against a Barcelona team that was far too good for Ole Gunar Solksjaer’s charges. The gulf in class was huge, making Solksjaer’s comment, “there’s work to be done” one … Continue reading Remake/remodel – United’s task in hand

Premier power shows through in valuations

THE Latest report by CIES Football Observatory, outlining player valuations in the “big five” European leagues, underlines once more the undeniable power of the English Premier League. There are 27 players listed with a valuation of more than € 100 million and 16 of them currently play for Premier League teams. Although the top valuation is 20 year-old Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, who is … Continue reading Premier power shows through in valuations

Instant gratification rules in the big-time

AS if we didn’t know it, recent analysis by CIES Football Observatory has revealed that major football clubs are geared towards short-termism. Across 31 European leagues under consideration, the percentage of club-trained players fell from 23.2% in 2009 to 16.9% in 2018. Southern Europe (12.8%) and Western Europe (15.7%) show the lowest number of players developed at home, while Northern Europe (21.9%) is at the … Continue reading Instant gratification rules in the big-time