It might be a statement of intent or just a ‘show off’ factor that clubs in China are spending so much, so quickly. A relative unknown in the world of football, the Chinese Super League has become a phenomenon over a few weeks with a lot of factors contributing to the massive rise.
QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink mentioned in one of his press conferences that more is to come from the clubs in terms of expenditure, one can only wonder where this massive influx of money has come from. Guanzhou Evergrande has been known for a long time and they were the only recognised ‘BIG CLUB’ until a certain Shanghai Shenua became famous.
In this January window of 2016 itself the Chinese clubs have matched up to the big boys by taking the expenditure to over £100 million. £100 MILLION! As many a people would yell in either excitement or from being taken aback. Yes it is huge money, huge wages, and with great expenditure comes the added work of maintaining the quality after such a spending spree. The players will set their sights on winning the Asian football Championship and the Chinese Super League.
In my personal opinion, or as many people will agree with me, no matter how much the Chinese clubs or any other clubs NOT IN EUROPE spend, the quality will not match up to the football played in Europe. But there rises a problem, where if the Chinese keep buying the recognised talent in world football. Regardless of the increase in the quality of Chinese football, safe to say because of this an already inflated market will be hyper-inflated and even the worst player will be bought for a prize that was at once upon a time considered to be the entire club value of most of the big clubs around the world. Such is that play that money makes.
Money gives the edge.
The Chinese Super League is chasing the excellence through massive investment. This is not to be ignored. We should keep an eye on their progress.
By Anirudh Nagraj, Asian football expert in India on 08/02/2016 at 11:54