• The playing field isn’t that level after all
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.