How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 3
October 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

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Following our calculation in Part 2 of this series that our Ireland selection would finish the Premier League season with a final total of 49 points, it’s safe to say that they would not be in danger of relegation. If you’re just joining the party, then you might want to take a look at Part 1 of the series which looked at our all Irish team, tactics and rules for the season.

The Stats

Taking the points totals from all of the 22 full 20-team Premier League seasons so far completed, the average finishing position is 10th spot with the final positions ranging from 8th up to 14th.

When you look at the current state of the transfer market, it’s interesting to note that in the age of the ridiculous transfer fees and so many players of average standard going for such high amounts of money (note Kyle Walker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), there is still no Irish player that has commanded any huge transfer sums.

Not since the days when Robbie Keane and Damien Duff were in their prime have Irish players commanded big transfer fees.

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There have been some notable ones such as Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick both breaking Burnley’s transfer record, James McCarthy’s transfer to Everton and Shane Long’s £12m move to Southampton.

Looking at the current squad. The only player who has even been associated with one of these mega-money deals is the now-injured captain Seamus Coleman, who was linked with a move to Manchester United, each of the last three summers before this one.

The Impact Of Transfer Fees

Lesser Premier League teams such as Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford have spent upwards of £15m on regular occasions over the last few seasons, due to the amount of money being injected into the league by TV companies.

Because of that, I think that a 10th place finish would be remarkable for an Irish team selected wholly of internationals or eligible players.

Reality

With the top 6 teams all spending heavily each year, it’s unlikely that someone is going to break that mould and get in there. So finishing as high as possible in the other 14 positions is the goal.

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More importantly though, the real world Irish team still have some vital qualifiers left to be played over the coming week. Here’s hoping that they can do the business in an environment with no transfer business going on around them. If you’re planning to throw down a few quid on either game we’ve got 5 very interesting bets for the World Cup Qualifiers that are definitely worth a look.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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How Would An All Irish Team Do In The Premiership – Part 3
October 3, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

premiership-irish

Following our calculation in Part 2 of this series that our Ireland selection would finish the Premier League season with a final total of 49 points, it’s safe to say that they would not be in danger of relegation. If you’re just joining the party, then you might want to take a look at Part 1 of the series which looked at our all Irish team, tactics and rules for the season.

The Stats

Taking the points totals from all of the 22 full 20-team Premier League seasons so far completed, the average finishing position is 10th spot with the final positions ranging from 8th up to 14th.

When you look at the current state of the transfer market, it’s interesting to note that in the age of the ridiculous transfer fees and so many players of average standard going for such high amounts of money (note Kyle Walker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain), there is still no Irish player that has commanded any huge transfer sums.

Not since the days when Robbie Keane and Damien Duff were in their prime have Irish players commanded big transfer fees.

10-reasons-why-irish-football-fans-are-still-the-best-in-the-world

There have been some notable ones such as Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick both breaking Burnley’s transfer record, James McCarthy’s transfer to Everton and Shane Long’s £12m move to Southampton.

Looking at the current squad. The only player who has even been associated with one of these mega-money deals is the now-injured captain Seamus Coleman, who was linked with a move to Manchester United, each of the last three summers before this one.

The Impact Of Transfer Fees

Lesser Premier League teams such as Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford have spent upwards of £15m on regular occasions over the last few seasons, due to the amount of money being injected into the league by TV companies.

Because of that, I think that a 10th place finish would be remarkable for an Irish team selected wholly of internationals or eligible players.

Reality

With the top 6 teams all spending heavily each year, it’s unlikely that someone is going to break that mould and get in there. So finishing as high as possible in the other 14 positions is the goal.

serbia-v-republic-of-ireland-2

More importantly though, the real world Irish team still have some vital qualifiers left to be played over the coming week. Here’s hoping that they can do the business in an environment with no transfer business going on around them. If you’re planning to throw down a few quid on either game we’ve got 5 very interesting bets for the World Cup Qualifiers that are definitely worth a look.

Ryan Corry
Jack of all trades, master of none. Optimistic Sunday league footballer and occasional PRO. Claim To Fame – I once played Minor at the age of 20.

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