There's patterns to look at eh. Quality of player is key obviously but there's also one other key factor when looking at Leicester's recruitment -
Leicester major incomings 2020/21 -
Fofana - 20
Castagne - 25
Under - 23
Major incomings 2019/20
Tielemans - 23
Perez - 26
Praet - 25
Justin - 22
Major incomings 2018/19
Maddison - 22
Perreira - 25
Soyuncu - 22
Benkovic - 21
Ward - 25
They buy quality young players who will increase in value, and the ability of the players increase under their stewardship, both improving the existing team each season with their growth as players, and increasing the squad value each season. It's a fairly straight forward method, and clubs spending vast amounts of money, like ourselves should be more than capable of replicating it and getting similar outputs.
Rather than panicking at throwing £27-35m at Alex Iwobi at the end of a window, without any plan for him, maybe spend large amounts revolutionising the recruitment department to be among the industry leaders. Crazy idea I know.
They also sell selectively and intelligently to fund their overall growth (Maguire for £80m, Chilwell for £50m, Mahrez for £60m, Drinkwater for £35m).
They haven't got all of their transfers right (of course, no one does), but there aren't too many Iwobis, Sigurdssons and Gomes' in their back catalogue.
It was awful watching us have no money during the Moyes years, and just thinking 'if only we had some spare cash each year, we could really push on from 5th and 6th to that next level'. And we could have. But the money wasn't there and it never came.
Since then we've pissed away over half a billion to oscillate between 7th and 12th in the league.