Bristol City defender Adam Webster has signed for Brighton in a record deal. The Premier League side emptied their wallets in order to complete the purchase of the 24-year-old. This deal, that cost Brighton an estimated £20million, may land them a place in the history books. Not because the fee is a new record, but because Adam Webster may be the most overpriced player in EPL history. It is hard to imagine that his ludicrous price tag will ever be forgotten.
Just as bizarre as Brighton meeting the asking price for Webster is the fact that no one is talking about it! The club managed to acquire the defender whilst keeping their lips sealed on the ridiculous nature of their purchase. Newly appointed manager, Graham Potter, has given very little explanation as to why the transfer fee is so large. The Brighton boss has however given some words on why he thinks Webster is a valuable player to bring to the club.
“Adam is a player the club has been aware of for some time, and someone we came up against last season at Swansea City,” said Potter.
“He is a quality defender, comfortable on the ball, fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the club, and he was very keen to join us.
“He is still relatively young but has good experience from the number of games he has played. Predominately a centre-half, he can also play at right-back, and he will bring additional competition alongside our existing defensive options.”
Knowing fine-well that Bristol City’s valuation of the player was noticeably huge, Graham Potter didn’t feel the need to address the club’s decision to pay the massive fee. Instead, a basic statement suggesting that Webster is a versatile player. The fact that the Brighton boss has not shown any awareness regarding the risk of the costly transfer is cause for concern.
It must also be noted that this transfer does not cover the EPL in glory. Too often, Premier League teams break the bank for below-average players. This is in contrast to the rest of Europe who are comfortable taking their time to negotiate bargain prices for the world’s elite. Manchester United are busy throwing away £80million on Harry Maguire whilst Juventus a purchasing Matthijs de Ligt for less than £70million. Frenkie de Jong made a move to Barcelona for £75million…the same price that Bournemouth have placed on Nathan Ake!
It is quite clear that most English teams value the quality of English football far greater than that of any other league. And now it isn’t just the Premier League. John McGinn who played in the SPFL just two seasons ago was valued at roughly £3.5million. But after one season in the English Championship, the Scottish international was linked with a £50million move to Old Trafford. It is nothing less than ignorant to assume that the English Championship has players that valuable playing in it…simply because they are playing in England.
It has been seen numerous times. Even Arsenal are trying to snatch Kieran Tierney away from Celtic for a price of only a few million more than what Webster was purchased for. It is quite shocking how poor Brighton are using their funds for the upcoming season. The likes of Wolves are using their valuable connections in Portugal and Italy whilst Brighton are buying their superstars from Bristol City.