Each team in the Premiership has its own funding and the reputation which allows them to sign a certain class of player. Sometimes they reach above their class, but usually they are forced to stick with what they can get. Below is the rating of each team signing power, in the form of a table. The ratings work as follows:
- 0-10: Couldn't capture a cold.
- 11-20: Lower league signing ability.
- 21-30: Poor funding or manager holding a team in this class back.
- 31-40: Rare suitable signing usually still poor in the transfer market.
- 41-50: Usually can make some signings; just don’t have the money or the leadership to ensure they are always of the right quality.
- 51-60: These teams can make signings and have the support to do so, but not a good enough team to make 'big' signings.
- 61-70: These team have a limiting factor. Be it the amount of money they posses or possibly the manager, they are not quite at the required level to make big signings.
- 71-80: Odd large signing, usually reasonable signings of a good quality but not huge by any means.
- 81-90: Some big signings a lot of good ones but possibly a little bit away from huge money signings. Something like £5-10 Million on average per player.
- 90-100: These teams have the ability to make huge money signings and are backed by a great manager. World-class talent always signed.
The placing are as follows:
20th Place : Wigan (46 Points)
All Wigan ever seem to do is sell their best players. The one player in recent memory I can remember they splashed out on was Rodallega who just left on a free (not a great piece of business). They also seem to be stuck in some sort of rut that goes,
- 1. Buy unknown players
- 2. Train them up and give them a chance in the first team
- 3. Sell them for hefty fees.
Although chairmen Dave Whelan must be smiling, I am sure the Wigan fans aren't.
19th Place : Southampton (54 Points)
Southampton have some good financial support but I don’t feel players will want to come to the club as they have just been promoted. If they have a good first season with the players they currently have next year they may be able to sign some higher calibre players.
18th Place : Norwich (57 Points)
Norwich may of lost their manager but on the bright side they kept their best player in Grant Holt. If he would of left I think they would of struggled to sign anyone, as he is the stand-out star of the team. I think this is another team that will have to prove themselves this year to put themselves in a better position next time around.
17th Place : Swansea (65 Points)
Landrup is a big name, who will bring in some big signings but his managerial techniques are questionable. He had the boot a couple of times which may lead to doubts amongst the Swansea fans. Although they do have a substantially improved transfer rating I still don’t think they will be making any huge signings.
16th Place : Reading (66 Points)
Reading are a newly promoted team with a lot of money to spend. Not quite City's money but they will defiantly want to bring in some top talent at some point. Although the manager is currently very happy with his squad so I dont see any fireworks coming from Reading this transfer window.
15th Place : West Ham (67 Points)
This is a team that will be desperate to put right their embarrassing relegation in the 2010/2011 season, and this may be through some big signings. Big Sam has some pulling power of his own (no pun intended), and I think he will use this to possible bring in a bigger name then I thought possible for the Hammers.
14th Place : West Brom (70 Points)
West Brom are another team under new management. Steve Clarke is by no means a big name coach, neither has he got much experience at top flight management, so we will see how potential signings react. Looking back they have made some rather solid transfers including Odemwingie and more recently Foster.
13th Place : Aston Villa (72 Points)
I really don’t know how to rate this team. Last year they completely fell of the charts in terms of results and a disastrous run of form dragged them into a relegation battle. Player may look at it in two ways
- Aston Villa is a sinking ship which must be avoided
- Aston Villa have a new manager who is going to bring success back to this well established club.
It will simply depend on how players look at the situation.
12th Place : Everton (75 Points)
Everton have a fantastic and loyal manager in Moyes but are without the funding to support him. This leave them in 12th despite the fact they could be much higher up. Moyes has shown that when he is given any money to work on he makes good signings in Fellani and Jelavic.
11th Place : QPR (76 Points)
QPR in my opinion the opposite of Everton. Whilst they have fantastic backing with a lot of money being pumped into the club, I don’t believe Hughes is a great manager. I do feel though that with the resources he has he can make some decent signings and lead QPR to a higher position in the table.
10th Place : Fulham (77 Points)
Fulham have shown some real intent in the past few years when it comes to transfers. Firstly signing Jol was a clever bit of business who has some significant pulling power and secondly the £10.5 Million signing on Ruiz shows they are no mugs when it comes to transfers. Although that money could of been spent on a real stand for the ground, rather then supporters suffering on their old wooden one!
9th Place : Stoke (78 Points)
Tony Pulis has begun to grow (and quite rapidly) Stoke's transfer stature. They made the £10 Million signing of Crouch and the £8 Million acquisition of Palacios which goes to prove they have money to spend in the market. With such a good team at his disposal, I can see Stoke climbing up the table next year with Pulis at the helm.
8th Place : Sunderland (79 Points)
Sunderland are very similar to Stoke except they have Martin O'Neill leading their team. Of course I rate Pulis but O'Neill in my view is just something else when it comes to management. Wherever he goes he brings success and I think players see that and thus want to make the move to Sunderland.
7th Place : Newcastle: (85 Points)
Newcastle have got to be the biggest comeback kids in the history of Premiership football. They spent a painful season in the Championship a couple years back but managed to find their way into 5th place last year. They have made a fantastic turn around thanks to players like Cabaye and Ba who contributions not gone unnoticed by other, bigger clubs.
6th Place : Liverpool (87 Points)
Liverpool have a lot of things going on for them right now. They scrapped Europa League football, the have a brand new manager (who I don't rate but thats another story), a lot of money to spend, and a very talented squad. If Rodgers can make this squad gel into a unit, then they may be able to get that top four finsh they have missed out on the last few years. In terms of transfers I am not sure people trust Rodgers yet and I think bigger and better names will be willing to sign next year, after he has proven himself.
5th Place : Arsenal (90 Points)
Arsenal fans will be unhappy to see themselves below Spurs, understandably considering they are bitter rivals. I think Arsenal fans have to agree though that despite the fact they are able to attract world class talent, the fact that the board and even Wenger himself does not pursue means, they fall below North London compatriots. If there was a change in the board then it may be a whole new story.
4th Place : Tottenham (92 Points)
Tottenham fans on the other hand will be undoubtedly pleased to see Spurs ranked above Arsenal. In my own expert view, they are about equal and I don’t really feel AVB plays that much of a part as it is mostly down to Levy. Daniel Levy is a fantastic hands-on chairmen, who always gets what he wants. The only thing that seperates the two sides is the fact that Portuguese players seem to love AVB and this may be a deciding factor in the transfer of Moutinho (big signing).
3th Place : Manchester United (95 Points)
United have one limiting factor. Debt. United are no strangers to the transfer market and have been top runner for a while now, but even with the legendary Fergy at the helm, United have to sort out their money problems. Its not a huge amount of debt, and they will be able to pay it off, but until they do their will be no huge money signings for Sir Alex. By huge I am talking £35 Million, as he has already signed Kagawa for £17 Million, but I don’t feel he will add to much more to his side.
2nd Place : Chelsea (97 Points)
Chelsea have the money no doubt, and in this day and age money usually does the talking, but will players want to sign for a manager who got fired from the Brom 20-odd months ago? I believe yes is the answer as I think their is a lot of admiration for his turnaround at Chelsea and this mean he will be able to sign players like Hulk and Modric who Chelsea 'so badly need'.
1st Place : Manchester City (100 Points)
City have it all. Stupid amounts of cash, a great manager and a jaw-dropping squad. Now they also have a title to back their claim to European fame. They are quick and efficient in the transfer market despite being linked to every player in Europe. This team is the perfect model on how to turn money into success even if other clubs don't like the way they do it. A small downside for this spending machine of a team is the new fair play rules, which may restrict them.
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