• The play­ing field isn’t that level af­ter all

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

With the in­creased TV rights money pour­ing into the Premier League the pres­sure on the ‘smaller’ clubs to sell their bet­ter play­ers to the ‘big­ger’ clubs has eased to the ex­tent that Dimi Payet, Saido Ber­ahino, Jamie Vardy et al stayed put at West Ham, West Brom and Le­ices­ter re­spec­tively.

Mean­while, sud­denly the likes of Palace could spend £27m on Chris­tian Ben­teke. As a re­sult it was as­sumed that the league would be even more com­pet­i­tive than it was last sea­son when the Foxes won the ti­tle.

How­ever, with 10 games gone, the cream has risen to the top. Spurs are un­beaten and City, Liver­pool and Arse­nal have lost only once while the usual sus­pects pop­u­late the league’s nether re­gions. So much for a lev­el­ling of the play­ing field.

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