Another quickie today, regarding a point I was making on a forum here.

Basically, the transfer strategy at Huddersfield Town under Dean Hoyle is to buy low and sell high – buy younger players and sell them when their value is as high as it can be. It worked with Anthony
Pilkington, with Jordan Rhodes and with Jack Hunt (who has been deeply unfortunate but may make his Premier League debut soon); but it’s a little unclear where the next big fee will come from – if not from James Vaughan.

Or at least it was. Oliver Norwood, picked up from Manchester Utd for (all figures according to TransferMarkt) £444,000 and current rumours suggest Celtic would be willing to pay up to ten times that figure. While I don’t suspect for a minute the sale of the Northern Irishman would bring in £4,000,000, the fact that figures of that size are being discussed indicate that he has made waves, despite having a relatively poor twelve months.

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The first part of the plan, then, is in the player acquisition. Now, these figures are generally based on estimates from various sources (certainly, Jonathan Hogg’s I had to hunt out myself) as Town don’t publish transfer fees – understandably, but frustratingly, so. Again, the figures come from Transfermarkt, so there’s some basis there. Anyway, here’s the graph – Clayton, Ward, Scannell and Vaughan being the big buys in the squad, unsurprisingly.

The second part of that is to sell on those players at a profit – so the best thing to do would be look at the current ‘value’ of the squad player by player. I can only imagine the delighted look on your face when you see this graph. Truly, it is an astonishing record of wonder.

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Now, I wouldn’t think for a minute that Ian Bennett or Nick Colgan would fetch £50,000 at any point in future (no disrespect to them) but equally, the price for Oliver Norwood, as mentioned, would probably retail at higher than £800,000. Its swings and roundabouts.

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So what does that means in terms of total values? Well, I’m good like that, so I’ve grouped them all together in two big bars. Looks good, doesn’t it? The system, such as it is, is working.

Something else that’s noticeable is how little Town are relying on loans in the early part of the season – times have been when three or four first teamers were borrowed but now its just one – Harry Bunn, who has featured zero times for the Terriers.

The hidden extension to buying young and selling as players approach their peak is that that peak is not just of their playing power, but their earning power, too. Doing things this way lumbers other teams with the fat contracts and keeps Town’s squad younger and hungrier. Wisdom in action, once again.

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