Recently, Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce admitted that his technique of persuading foreign players to come to the club, was to suggest that they will act as a platform for the player. With Wigan consistently participating in the Premiership in recent years, Bruce hopes that some of the best youngsters in the world will be attracted to Wigan, because it could lead to greater things. With the promising youngsters being reassured a starting place, playing week in week out in the Premiership, good performances will no doubt attract attention from the bigger teams which is a prime example of what we’ve seen this week with Palacios joining Tottenham from Wigan.

As the Wigan manager, Steve Bruce, stated this publicly it first asks the question if Wigan are content in being in the ‘Small time’ forever and if the gap between the ‘big four’ in the premiership and other clubs has widened so much, that managers have no choice but to re-adjust their transfer policy, with their club, embarrassingly acting as a feeder club to bigger clubs.

If Wigan are prepared to keep purchasing these relatively unknown talents, make a risk by inserting them straight into the first team and play them in an attempt to sell them to bigger teams, then surely Wigan will never actually reach Europe or ever challenge for the Premiership title? One could argue that this shows great business acumen, however, others may suggest that this shows how far the gap is between one set of Premiership clubs, and another. Those with billions to spend, and those with far more realistic transfer budgets. If this is true, then it could highlight what a sorry state the league is currently in. The fact that clubs like Everton, Wigan and Bolton may never be able to challenge for the Premiership title, simply because of financial restrictions may be harsh, but like Bruce has realized, it is reality and there’s nothing he can do about it, except change is transfer policy and continue to do his best.

This could potentially emphasise the question of how money is damaging football, with clubs like Wigan having such transfer policies to side-step around those clubs owned by billionaires.


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