The financial gap in football is only getting larger, but that is certainly not the case when it comes to scouting. Teams outside the top six have shown intelligence and innovation in their ability to get the best talent that goes unnoticed by the marquee clubs in England.January 14, 2019
The Premier League’s financial environment makes it difficult for teams outside the top six to compete for the best players, and yet, the rest of the league still manage to sign players of an excellent quality. Whether it’s Burnley signing James Tarkowski when clubs like Liverpool and Arsenal were in desperate need of a center back, or Wilfred Ndidi signing for Leicester City when Manchester United signed Nemanja Matic for more than double the price just six months later. Some smaller clubs do this by engendering a level of astuteness in their player acquisition and scouting, that can compensate for their financial disadvantage. This is often due to certain inherent advantages the smaller teams have that cannot exist at larger clubs.