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Proof that clubs are willing to pay much more for domestic goods

The national team couldn’t muster the will to qualify for Euro 2008, but somehow clubs continue to demand mega money for home grown talent. With David Bentley costing a princely sum, Gareth Barry’s non-negotiable fee and Andy Johnson’s imminent trade, it’s clear that players are far too expensive if they were born on this tiny island.

Hence, we think the time is right to consider ten of the most overpriced Englishman currently plying their trade in the Premier League, comparing their lofty prices with some better value foreign equivalents…

Shaun Wright-Phillips
Manchester City were heartbroken to lose their star player to Chelsea, but in hindsight getting £21 million was fantastic business. Four league goals in three seasons compared to ten in his last year at Citeh highlights his failure to step up.
Foreign equivalent: Amantino Mancini to Inter - £10 million

Owen Hargreaves
£17 million might not have been too steep for a 26-year-old midfielder, but his failure to dislodge Michael Carrick, his predecessor in the overpriced stakes, shows he has yet to live up to his price-tag.
Foreign equivalent: Yaya Toure to Barcelona - just over £7 million

Scott Parker
The midfielder moved from Charlton to Chelsea to Newcastle and then to West Ham for a combined fee of £23.5 million, but has still managed just three England caps. Injury limited Parker to 17 league starts last season, meaning West Ham are yet to receive value for their £7 million investment.
Foreign equivalent: Tim Cahill to Everton - £1.5 million

Dave Kitson
The ginger striker’s invaluable contribution to Reading’s relegation battle was to score just two goals in his 16 games in 2008. So how does a player who scored 11 league goals in two seasons suddenly warrant a £5.5 million price tag? Stoke boss Tony Pulis must know something we don’t.
Foreign equivalent: Cristian Bucchi to Napoli - just over £2.75 million

Dave Nugent
Portsmouth signed him for £6 million last summer but Harry Redknapp announced just over a month later that he would listen to offers for the striker. Nugent persevered and is thought to have turned down a move to Ipswich this summer. This season he is hoping to actually score a league goal.
Foreign equivalent: Guillaume Hoarau to PSG - just under £400,000

Darren Bent
If value for money was determined by goals in pre-season then Tottenham would have every reason to be delighted by their £16.5 million investment after ten goals in friendlies this summer. But it means nothing. After all, Milan Baros was a regular scorer in pre-season but rarely converted that into league form.
Foreign equivalent: Cristiano Lucarelli to Shakhtar - £6 million

Leighton Baines
Everton bought the left-back from Wigan last summer, but preferred employing Joleon Lescott there with Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo in the centre. He has yet to be picked in an England squad, with Chelsea reserve Wayne Bridge preferred, so despite his potential £6 million seems too steep.
Foreign equivalent: World Cup winning Fabio Grosso to Inter - just over £4.3 million

Curtis Davies
The deal may have been finalised this July, but it was last summer that Aston Villa agreed a fee ranging between £8 or £10 million depending on who you believe for the uncapped centre-back who, at that point in time, was at a Championship club.
Foreign equivalent: Slovak international Martin Skrtel to Liverpool - £6 million

Peter Crouch
The lanky striker’s international goal ratio of 14 goals in 28 games is impressive, but at club level his record is not quite as hot. So for Portsmouth to spend £9 million, rising to £11 million, on a player who scored 22 in 85 for Liverpool and had only a year left on his contract is quite a gamble.
Foreign equivalent: Luca Toni to Bayern Munich - just over £8.6 million

Nigel Reo Coker and Marlon Harewood
These two traded West Ham for Aston Villa in 2007 for a combined fee of £12.5 million, a fee that is heavy enough when neither have been capped by England, but bordering on ridiculous when you consider they were two of the Hammers worst performers in their relegation near miss of 2006-07.
Foreign equivalent: Roque Santa Cruz and Morten Gamst Pedersen to Blackburn - £6.3 million

http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/index.php/2008/08/04/the-top-ten-over-priced-english-players-in-the-premier-league
 

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Hence, we think the time is right to consider ten of the most overpriced Englishman currently plying their trade in the Premier League, comparing their lofty prices with some better value foreign equivalents…
Blows my mind how someone can write something as stupid as this.

It's nothing to do with being English. It's more to do with how rich English clubs are. If you want to buy any valuable player from an English club, it will cost a lot.

Berbatov and Keane are prime examples. Oh wait, they're not English are they :eek:
 

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true Mutu, you have to wonder how the f*ck Bayern managed to get £17m for Hargreaves though, considering he wasn't born on this tiny island and had never played football here apart from in Sven and McClaren's goofy outfit.
 

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darren bent and robbie keane. shiters
 

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Darren Bent is class.

youtube.com/watch?v=rHuwdHrAoTM&feature=related
 

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Berbatov and Keane are prime examples. Oh wait, they're not English are they :eek:
Are you comparing Berbatov to Keane? We all know Tottenham got an a few more million pounds because they waited for the last possible moment. Alot of good that did for them.
 

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Examples of players who get sold for lots of money because their club is rich and don't need to sell.
 

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Keane was only sold for so much because of Rafa's inability on the transfer market. Not many managers would pay 20 million pounds for Keane.
 

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Yeah, he was sold for that much because he was an important player for them and could afford to hold out for a high price. They knew Liverpool had money and waited on him.

The fact it was Rafa didn't make him suddenly more expensive.
 

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Keane was only sold for so much because of Rafa's inability on the transfer market. Not many managers would pay 20 million pounds for Keane.
Lmao at that statement, really, so what about the 20 million paid for Torres? Is he really thaaaat bad, paying 20 million for arguably the best striker in the world?

Paying 20 for Keane has nothing to do with the ability of a Manager in the transfer market, it depends a lot on the conditions at the time of the transfer, the club you're dealing with etc.
 

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Well what I mean is what's the point of buying Keane for 20 million pounds or even being interested in him when he doesnt compliment Torres. You might be getting a sub for Torres but I can't see this combination working out. You need someone behind Torres or besides him to get the defenders working, get that great final ball to him, hold up the ball while Torres makes runs and generally has the vision to spot those runs.

Gerrard Torres last season was a fine combination, now with Riera who is a good upgrade to what you allready had tried there. The 20 million pounds to get someone for the right flank rather then getting Kuyt run 10 miles per match :D

Personally I don't think Keane should cost more then Defoe; he is not some prolific striker in the EPL or anywhere for that matter. He just got a nice chance of playing next to someone who complimented his actual best traits. He never scored more then 20 goals a campaign prior to his final two seasons at Tottenham and even was close to being sold when he was 3rd choice behind Defoe and Mido.

For that amounth of money, and especially considering that this is possibly one of the most expensive signings during the Rafa era(Torres is rumoured around 20 million and Mascherano is around 18 million-although the transfer sums arent confirmed), this is why I view it as over-priced. A record breaking fee for someone of Keane's ability just seems a bit dumb.
 

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Well what I mean is what's the point of buying Keane for 20 million pounds or even being interested in him when he doesnt compliment Torres. You might be getting a sub for Torres but I can't see this combination working out. You need someone behind Torres or besides him to get the defenders working, get that great final ball to him, hold up the ball while Torres makes runs and generally has the vision to spot those runs.
Well, I don't know what kind of a view you have about Keane but he is exactly the kind of player you described there, he was bought to play behind Torres, to form a partnership with him.

Gerrard Torres last season was a fine combination, now with Riera who is a good upgrade to what you allready had tried there. The 20 million pounds to get someone for the right flank rather then getting Kuyt run 10 miles per match :D

Personally I don't think Keane should cost more then Defoe; he is not some prolific striker in the EPL or anywhere for that matter. He just got a nice chance of playing next to someone who complimented his actual best traits. He never scored more then 20 goals a campaign prior to his final two seasons at Tottenham and even was close to being sold when he was 3rd choice behind Defoe and Mido.

For that amounth of money, and especially considering that this is possibly one of the most expensive signings during the Rafa era(Torres is rumoured around 20 million and Mascherano is around 18 million-although the transfer sums arent confirmed), this is why I view it as over-priced. A record breaking fee for someone of Keane's ability just seems a bit dumb.
Yes, he was overpriced, and yeah, maybe Rafa should have never disrupted the Gerrard - Torres partnership but thats why Keane was bought in the first place, to kind of act as a replacement for ether Gerrard or Torres should anyone miss and as he says, to bring in more 'possibilities'. Sure until now he is a flop, doesn't perform how he should but I'm confident he will pick up old form at Spurs.
Besides, with all the problems we're having, Torres missing, Keane flopping, Kuyt being so 'shit'... remember, we're still top of the league.
 

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Kuyt has been far from shit as much as it pains me to say it, hell he is outscoring Keane & Torres atm. It just pains me to see him on the wing huffing and puffing all game long.

I definetly think that with Kuyt and Babel in the squad, there was no point in the Keane signing - Rafa could have just shown fate and played on of them as a striker when Fernando was injured.

And Keane doesnt play behind the striker, what ever you might believe. Alot of his goals come from his runs and being close to someone who fliks it on or heads it into his path. He doesnt hold up play or anything close to it. This is why he was always in competition with Defoe, both pretty much have the same strenghts, pace, decent close control, finishing instinct and good off the ball movement. Most of those qualities are what's best about Torres, except he is alot better then both.

Anyhow I'm still wondering why Rafa doesnt play Babel more often he seems quite good whenever he comes on.
 

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Kuyt is playing on the wing because he's playing great there, he is poor as a striker.

And you have a pretty interesting view about Keane there, because his main strengthens are his intelligence and work rate, that's why Rafa bought him, he's very different from Torres, and he IS a second striker. In theory it should have worked but well, it seems that Torres and Gerrard are loving each other too much and he isn't helping ether.

And babel ain't playing that much because Riera and Kuyt have been pretty decent on the wings, while he is poor when playing as a striker.
 
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