Who’s Overachieving in the Premier League? Summer Spending vs. League Position

Man City are being tipped by most non-United fans as future champions after their impressive 7-2 demolition of Stoke last Saturday, whilst Pep Guardiola is being hailed as the follicly challenged football management equivalent of Jesus Christ himself.

But is the hype justified? Exactly how good of a job is Pep doing? After all, we know he spent a not-so-small fortune in the summer.

Well, we’ve figured out exactly who in the Premier League is exceeding expectations and who is lagging behind based on the money spent in the summer transfer window. The figures include money recouped from player sales and should be taken with a pinch of salt as clubs often do not disclose exact transfer fees.

League Table with Summer Spending Comparison

League Position Club Pl GD Pts Summer Spending Spend Rank vs. League Position
Total Rank
1 Man City 8 25 22 £138.1m 1 0
2 Man Utd 8 19 20 £136.2m 2 0
3 Tottenham 8 10 17 -£2.65m 16 +13
4 Watford 8 0 15 £36.7m 8 +4
5 Chelsea 8 5 13 £89.8m 3 -2
6 Arsenal 8 2 13 -£18.0m 19 +13
7 Burnley 8 2 13 -£15.2m 18 +11
8 Liverpool 8 1 13 £54.1m 5 -3
9 Newcastle 8 1 11 £23.7m 12 +3
10 West Brom 8 -2 10 £32.1m 9 -1
11 Southampton 8 -2 9 £23.2m 13 +2
12 Huddersfield 8 -4 9 £38.9m 7 -5
13 Swansea 8 -3 8 -£19.5m 20 +7
14 Brighton 8 -4 8 £40.0m 6 -8
15 West Ham 8 -6 8 £17.3m 15 0
16 Everton 8 -8 8 £54.2m 4 -12
17 Stoke 8 -9 8 -£9.0m 17 0
18 Leicester 8 -3 6 £18.9m 14 -4
19 Bournemouth 8 -8 4 £30.0m 11 -8
20 Crystal Palace 8 -16 3 £31.3m 10 -10

Arsenal and Spurs are both punching above their weight when league position is compared with spending in the most recent transfer window as they are 13 places above the equivalent rank in the summer spending table. Just don’t try telling that to Arsenal fans who have grown increasingly frustrated over the last decade with a perceived lack of investment at the Emirates.

But perhaps Burnley are the truest overachievers so far this season as they are outperforming their summer spending league position by 11 places without a particularly glamorous squad or major investment in previous seasons.

There are no surprises when it comes to the underachievers as Everton lie 12 places below their summer spending league position despite their significant influx of cash.

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