The Blues splurged a lot this time last year in what could be argued as one of the worst transfer windows in the history of football. A year has gone by and few of the players brought in have made a positive impact.
According to Squawka, Chelsea’s points per game difference after their transfers actually decreased by -0.77. After their extravagant spending, Chelsea won only three out of their 19 Premier League matches and lost nine.
They plummeted to 12th place in the table, with just a 10-point cushion from relegation, ultimately leading to the sacking of Graham Potter in April 2023. *Do you believe Chelsea has the worst transfer strategy in global football?
On the other hand, the Hornets invested heavily to bolster their chances of survival by acquiring players like Samuel Kalu, Edo Kayembe, Samir, and Hassane Kamara, but their performance worsened even after an investment of £25m. Howe took over at St. James’ Park just two months earlier when the team was facing relegation trouble.
Now, the young talent is showcasing his skills across the UK and Europe, going up against top players in the Premier League. Venues will be filled to witness the emerging star compete against big names in the sport – Luke Humphries, Michael van Gerwin, Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, and Nathan Aspinall over the next few months.
Our special Premier League preview covers Littler’s remarkable ascent, focuses on his rivals for the coveted title, features an exclusive column from James Wade, interviews with legends of the game, current Premier League players, and PDC chairman Eddie Hearn – providing comprehensive insights about the tournament. Howe spent a substantial £90m, and the pressure to deliver results would have been immense with the club’s new Saudi ownership demanding success.
However, the investments quickly proved to be astute, with the Magpies achieving a +1.42 points-per-game differential.