Robbo’s Column: “The money in football blows my mind”

Ex MK Dons boss Karl Robinson discusses the summer transfer window

The summer transfer window ‘slammed shut’ on August 9, bringing to a close another period of big-spending from many top clubs.

The world record fee for a goalkeeper was broken twice, first by Liverpool who spent £66.8million on Alisson from Roma before Chelsea gazumped them with the £71million they paid for Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.

It just shows you how much money comes in to the game now that Premier League clubs can afford to spend this amount on one player.

Football is a multi-billion pound industry and the Premier League is number one in the world when it comes to commercial revenue, TV rights, bums on seats at stadiums and viewing figures globally.

Neymar’s move last summer was astronomical at around £190million. That blew my brains – I never thought in my lifetime I’d see a player go for that much.

Then Coutinho went for £145million and Liverpool paid £75million for a centreback in Virgil van Dijk.

There are players who earn a million pounds a month now but what people need to understand is that this is not the players’ fault. If you were a doctor in Milton Keynes and a Northampton surgery came in for you and offered to treble your wages, what are you going to do?

If clubs are willing to pay the money then players will take it. It will stop one day but where that ceiling is, I don’t know.

People in the game believe that in four years’ time, when the new TV deal comes in, the deals are going to be above and beyond the realms of what we can even imagine now.

I just worry how far disconnected we get lower down the leagues at clubs like MK Dons, Charlton and Oxford United.

This column was published in the September 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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