Right, I've had a read and I'll give you some general thoughts from my perspective.
- The headline is pejorative towards us, and seemingly misleading in relation to the content, which is relatively balanced.
- It's difficult to detect an underlying viewpoint in the article. It deems some of the signings as successes and some as failures, in a fairly pragmatic way.
- It basically says nothing of any interest, and there's very little insight.
- I clicked on the author to see if I could discern a trend/perspective in other articles he's written, and all I could really come up with is that he's an Irish football fan, and thus relatively likely to be a Liverpool/Utd fan, so perhaps coming slightly from that perspective.
My view is that there is only a finite amount of players in the league, who can perform at a certain level. Undoubtedly some of those players would have not succeeded at a 'top 6' club, they're a pretty good option for teams wanting to bridge that gap. Maybe the players experience in the top was not right for them, ie age, style of play, not mature enough, not played enough or played in the wrong position.
Every club has players who have dropped down from a higher team.