Aston Villa squad cost in comparison
Below is a table that lists in Euros the cost of the transfer fees that made up the current squads of the main European leagues. Of course, some of these transfer figures will no doubt be estimates, as we’ve seen from Lambert’s own mouth some of the fees that Villa have been reported to have paid a wide of the mark, so no doubt the below isn’t an exact science. Still, it’s a decent enough guide.
A Villa fan Ollie Good posted the table on Facebook today, so we don’t know the source of it, but thought it was worth posting for you to take a look at.
Take out the cost of Villa’s fees for Darren Bent and Charles N’Zogbia (around € 36 million), who don’t really feature in the current squad, and things get really interesting in terms of comparisons to the rest. According to our maths, Villa would probably be in 16th place just above Hull.
I assuming the figures below don’t count this January window, so that would put Villa actually below Hull with Steve Bruce signing up the services of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavić for a combined total of around €16 million. Certainly Stephen Ireland’s signing on transfer fee value (around €9-10 million), would also be deducted and push Villa even lower down the table.
With all this in mind, it’ll make the total of the Aston Villa squad cost after next summer’s window very interesting to see (when Bent and N’Zogbia will also likely be deducted) . It’ll certainly offer up a sign to the club’s ambition compared to the rest. UTV