EFL Championship: Clubs Ranked On Net Spend Over The Last Five Years
8. Blackpool FC [€245k]
Now we start looking at the clubs with a positive net spent, clubs that have made a loss on player transfers in the last five years. Blackpool’s most expensive signing in the timeline was Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel for €875k in the 2021-22 season and the most expensive player sale was Josh Bowler(€2.30m) in the 2022-23 season.
7. Blackburn Rovers [€570k]
Former Premier League champions, Blackburn last played in the Premier League in the 2011-12 season. They are still in contention for a playoff spot this season, and their fans will hope to see them in the top division soon. In the last five years, their most expensive signing was Ben Brereton Díaz (€8.30m) in the 2018-19 season, while the most expensive departure was Adam Armstrong (€17.70m) in the 2021-22 season.
6. Millwall FC [€1.65m]
Millwall are also in contention for a Championship playoff spot this season so far. They have spent a fair amount of money on their squad in the last few years. Their most expensive signing in the last five seasons was Zian Flemming for €2.50m in the 2022-23 season. Millwall’s most valuable player departure in the same timeline was George Saville (€7.80m) in the 2018-19 season.
5. Reading FC [€4.40m]
Reading have spent a net figure of €4.40m on player transfers in the last five years. Their most expensive signing during the period was George Puscas from Inter Milan for €7.50m in the 2019-20 season and the most expensive departure was Michael Olise to Crystal Palace for a fee of €9.30m in the 2021-22 season.
4. Burnley FC [€7.35m]
Burnley are flying high under their new manager Vincent Kompany and are poised for a return to the Premier League. In the last five years, their most expensive player acquisition was Wout Weghorst from Wolfsburg for €17.50m in the 2021-22 season and the most expensive player departure was Chris Wood for €30.00m to Newcastle United in the 2021-22 season.
3. Stoke City [€35.90m]
Even after a good net spend of €35.90m in the last five seasons, Stoke City find themselves towards the bottom half of the Championship table. Their most expensive signing in the given period was Benik Afobe for €13.50m in the 2018-19 season and the most expensive departure was Xherdan Shaqiri for €14.70m, also in the 2018-19 season.
2. Cardiff City [€35.90m]
Cardiff are flirting with the relegation places as of now, even after having spend a good amount of money in the last five years. Their most expensive player signed in the last five seasons was Josh Murphy from Norwich for €11.40m in the 2018-19 season, while their most valuable departure was Bobby Reid to Fulham for a fee of €8.90m in the 2019-20 season.
1. Sheffield United [€103.95m]
Sheffield United are currently second in the Premier League and hoping to jump back in the Premier League after their relegation in 2021. They have a massive net spend of €103.95m in the last five years, with their most expensive signing being Rhian Brewster (€26.00m) in the 2020-21 season and the most expensive departure being Aaron Ramsdale (€28.00m) in the 2021-22 season.