Norwich City have spent more than £58m this season but have still been relegated from the Premier League for the second time in three years after a disastrous campaign.
A recent trend in the Premier League has been for at least one team to spend huge amounts of money before being relegated.
Newly promoted and long-established sides were caught off guard after a summer of big spending, with relegation to the Championship all they received. The spending sprees were mainly driven by the panic of owners and managers, while some long-term projects fell apart due to too much upheaval.
This has been seen throughout the last decade of the Premier League, with teams making history for all the wrong reasons. Right here, Soccer Mirror looks at six sides whose summer of spending has had dire consequences for their top-tier status.
RPQ – 2012/2013 – £45m
In their second season in the Premier League, QPR spent £45million in the hope of avoiding another relegation battle. Julio Cesar, Ji-Sung Park and Esteban Granero all arrived in the summer, while Christoph Samba was signed for £13m in the January window.
Despite Samba’s arrival mid-season, as well as the £8m signing of Loic Remy, the campaign was a disaster for the London club. They finished bottom of the Premier League, having won just four games.
None of their signings had the desired impact, with Remy arguably the best, despite only scoring six goals. Disaster could be kicked out of both Mark Hughes and his successor Harry Redknapp, neither of whom can reverse QPR’s fortunes.
City of Cardiff – 2013/2014 – £40m
One of the teams to replace QPR the following season was Cardiff City, who finished top of the Championship as the London team disaster unfolded. Malky Makay and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are spending over £40million in a bid to build a squad fit for Premier League football.
Gary Medel was the most expensive signing, arriving in a record £11million move from Sevilla. The Chilean has had a solid season, more than can be said for the £8m Andreas Cornelius who failed to score a goal.
In total, they are spending fees on 10 players, in addition to paying Manchester United to loan Wilfred Zaha out. Despite this expense, they finished bottom of the elite, earning only 30 points.
Aston Villa – 2015/2016 – £60m
With the caveat that they sold Christian Benteke for £40m, Aston Villa spent £60m in the 2015/2016 campaign. All of their spending was done during the summer transfer window as Villa failed to sign a player in January 2016.
The most expensive arrival was Jordan Ayew, who cost £10m, with Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi, Adama Traore and Idrissa Gana Gueye all costing over £8m. Tim Sherwood was the driving force behind this overhaul, with only seven other clubs spending more money.
The ensuing season was a complete and utter disaster, however, with Sherwood sacked before the end of October. Rémi Garde oversaw the majority of the remaining months of the campaign, but they still finished bottom, 22 points from safety, with just three wins.
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Stoke City – 2017/2018 – £52m
Stoke City’s desire to escape the tag that comes with having Tony Pulis as their manager has led to several notable transfer windows. But everything fell apart for the Potters during the 2017/2018 campaign.
Kevin Wimmer and Bruno Martins Indi arrived for an astonishing £25m alone, with Badou Ndiaye costing an additional £14m in the January window. None of these signings had an impact, while loan moves for Jese Rodriguez and Kurt Zouma also failed.
Stoke’s squad this season was full of big players, with £13.5m Xherdan Shaqiri, £13m Joe Allen and £12m Sadio Berahino arriving in previous seasons. Despite spending heavily on increasing his options at the back, Stoke had the worst defensive record in the division and were duly relegated.
Fulham – 2018/2019 – £105m
Scott Parker will be back in charge of the Premier League next season and he’ll likely look to Fulham’s 2018/19 campaign as an example of how not to deal with it. Parker was first-team coach at Craven Cottage as they spent over £100million.
Jean Michaël Seri, Andre Zambo Anguissa and Aleksandar Mitrovic all cost more than £20million as Slavisa Jokanovic tried to improve the quality of her squad. Andre Schurrle, Alfie Mawson and Joe Bryan also arrived in the capital for what turned out to be one of the worst wastes of money in Premier League history.
Jokanovic was sacked in November, with Claudio Rainieri replacing him. But the Italian couldn’t save the Cottagers, who finished second last and were relegated to the Championship.
Norwich City – 2021/2022 – £58m
Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for Norwich this season, including their transfer strategy. The Canaries have spent nearly £58m trying to hold on to their Premier League spot.
Ben Gibson, Josh Sargent, Milot Rashica, Christos Tzolis were all bought for a fee in excess of £8m during last summer’s transfer window. But the campaign was a dismal failure and they were relegated with five games remaining.