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The Recruitment International Fantasy League Gameweek 28

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Gameweek 28 review

 

How much do players' wages affect a team's league position?

 

Manchester City's CEO, Ferran Soriano is unusual in the world of football in that he's a business school graduate who, horrified by the lack of professionalism shown by the directors of Barca, wrote a book about the business of football.  Goal: The Ball Doesn't Go In By Chance: Management Ideas from the World of Football.

 

It's a really insightful book on the business end of running a football club and a football league. It's also a great business book focusing on leadership and other management matters that would be of great use to any recruitment leader.

 

For us FL managers, the best bits are the analysis of the financial aspects of the game and his stats. One of which is that over an extended period (say 10 years) whichever club spends the most on wages will win the most titles. Ferran reckons that there is an almost direct correlation between the two in the Premiership. So, with this season breaking the trends we thought we'd examine it.

 

Only four clubs in the top half of the table have over performed their wages spend - Arsenal (no surprise there then), Spurs, Stoke and West Ham. Also of interest is the fact that the seven clubs who have spent the least on players' wages have all overperformed.

 

Ferran stressed that this rule only works over a period of time and there will be some clubs that pop up to win a league or a cup and then fall away again. In 2003, Real Sociedad who had finished 13th in the previous three seasons, finished second to Real Madrid and would have won La Liga for the first time since 1982 if they hadn't lost their final game of the season. Players like Xabi Alonso left and they went on to have a further eight years of decline.

 

Could this be the same for Leicester?

 

 

CLUB

 Player's Wages

League Position

Under / over performed?

1

Chelsea

£215m

10

Under

2

United

£203m

5

Under

3

City

£193m

4

Under

4

Arsenal

£192m

3

Over

5

Liverpool

£152m

8

Under

6

Tottenham 

£110m

2

Over

7

Newcastle United

£75m

19

Under

8

Everton 

£74m

11

Under

9

Stoke City

£72m

7

Over

10

Sunderland 

£71m

17

Under

11

West Ham United

£69m

6

Over

12

West Bromwich 

£68m

13

Under

13

Aston Villa 

£65m

20

Under

14

Southampton 

£59m

9

Over

15

Crystal Palace 

£54m

14

Over

16

Swansea City

£51m

16

Equal

17

Leicester City 

£48m

1

Over

18

Norwich City

£37m

18

Equal

19

Watford

£29m

12

Over

20

Bournemouth

£25m

15

Over

 

In our league, the Top 10 are as follows:

 

Mike Bernard

Alan Furley

Paul Cellini

Bartley Hilliam

George Bartlett

Natasha Wilcox, Futura Rec2Rec

Ben Wilcox, Bauhaus

Phil Dancey

Dave Cattell

Luis Cruz, Consol Partners

 

Manager of the Week

 

Luis Cruz, Consol Partners.......

 

In a week when the average points was just 35, Luis Cruz's 72 is some achievement and enables Luis to claw his way back into the Top 10. Luis's impressive front line of Aguero, Costa and Kane only delivered 12 points on the night, but the rest of the team, with the exception of Leicester's Simpson, all performed brilliantly

 

That's some result Luis. Keep it up now!

 

Page 2 Pacesetter

 

Terry Smith......

 

Terry won the Best of the Rest award way back in gameweek 9 but he's moving on up now and is firmly ensconced on Page 2. Like Luis Cruz, he chose Sanchez as his captain to gain 10 points. We've put the Chilean in the Taxi this week so let's see who's right going forward eh?

 

Keep improving Terry.

 

The Best of the Rest

 

Simon McFarland.........

 

With a massive 55 points in 142nd place, Simon McFarland has had a superb week. As you'd expect from a Hammers fan, he's got Payet and Antonio in his side, but he's also picked Emmanuel Emenike up front. The £5m Hammers striker who is owned by almost nobody else in the whole league has played in all of West Ham's February games but hasn't played many minutes in any of them. Has Simon seen a star in the making? The Nigerian international joined West Ham at the end of January on loan from Fenerbahce with an option to buy at the end of the season. When he played at Spartak Moscow, he scored 21 goals in 42 games. Someone we should keep an eye on maybe?

 

Good talent spotting, Simon.

 

Taxi for...........

 

Alexis Sanchez.......

 

What on Earth has happened to the boy wonder since he returned from injury in gameweek 23? He's scored less than 3 points a game, that's what. Forget his assist last night. He's in a team who are going through their usual post Christmas decline. £11m and 13% ownership says that you should get shut ASAP. 

 

Get him binned!

 

One to watch..........

 

Gylfi Sigurdsson..........

 

54 points in the 9 games played so far this year has to put the Icelandic international on everyone's radar. Some managers reckon that he's probably not got back to his very best of last season when he bagged 7 goals and 10 assists but he's actually scored his 7 goals already this season, although he's only come in with two assists.

 

At £7.1m, 4.2% ownership and a guaranteed start he's got to be of interest to those managers who need a differential over their rivals to either pull away or catch up.

 

No Brainer!

 

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