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  • Dogstar Dogstar Feb 6, 2013 14:35 Flag

    Good read regarding Daniel Levy's buying strategy

    Yes but by ignoring the gambles on strikers during transfer windows, we end up missing out on champions league football and are forced to sell our best players without having any replacements of equivalent quality.

    Ba, Michu, Suarez, Llorente, Rossi, Damaio - all linked with us in recent seasons and what we've seen is them make a huge impact at other clubs. On the other hand we've ended up with Saha and Pienaar in recent seasons who had very little risk associated with them - both flops.

    There comes a point where you must consider your short term strategy and see how it can benefit you long term - champions league football brings a £20m windfall, ability to attract better quality young players (20-22), ability to retain top talent due to guarantee of CL football, more money from tickets, TV etc. and so on. It's worth the initial outlay in a proven quality striker. On the other hand, failure to do so when other teams around us do means we could lose out on CL football, unable to keep our best talent, unable to attract the best young talent and lose potential TV revenues. So we have to spend more time looking for these supposed potential players who want to come to us, and the risk is higher because we don't have enough quality players to begin with.