January 11, the chief reporter of The Times, Martyn Ziegler, wrote a column, overtly and secretly ”
Irony” After Chelsea’s new boss Burleigh took over, the team he created is not as good as Brentford and Brighton who are purely engaged in data analysis.
The Times gave the statistics of the Premier League (the three teams upgraded from the English Championship are not included), Chelsea’s transfer fee (amortized
) and a wage bill of £496m, but Chelsea are now tenth in the Premier League table after Burleigh (above) took charge of the club.
(Note: Chelsea’s revenue is only 500 million pounds)
Combined wages and amortization, Chelsea and Everton – along with Wolves – are the worst-performing teams this season in terms of return on investment.
This may seem obvious, but it was also the case in terms of points points between the two clubs last season, though Chelsea finished in the top four last season.
In contrast, Brentford and Brighton have climbed eight places and seven places respectively this season, as did last season, with both teams finishing six places above the spending table in the Premier League.
Club insiders admit that fans’ expectations for signing high-profile players have been tempered.
In fact the opposite could be the case, with fans curious about a largely unknown signing and then keeping tabs on his development.
As for the net investment in transfers, Brighton is obviously “outstanding”, which may be why Burleigh admires Brighton and hopes to “learn”.
Newcastle United are the best performing club this season compared to their spending in 2020-21, but since then the Saudi-backed takeover has happened and the new money has brought key personnel to the club: manager Eddie –
Howe, sporting director Dan Ashworth and some players.
But even at St James’ Park, success has been about more than money.
Howe and Ashworth achieved remarkable results with limited resources at Bournemouth and Brighton respectively, and their approach in the north-east left a club languishing and elusive under Mike Ashley
The time factor is also important: Brentford and Brighton have the ability to build teams slowly and don’t expect overnight success.
But Porter may find upon his arrival at the giants that patience is a scarce commodity at Chelsea, where price seems to be everything and no value.
If Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is to be taught a lesson, it’s that his most important next signing will not be Felix or Marcus Thuram, but
A guy with thick glasses, modest fashion taste, and a Ph.D. in statistics.