Norwich won the Championship. Why are they 19 points off Sheffield United?

06 March 2020 11:00
Promoted teams meet on Saturday and a difference in transfer spending is not the whole story behind their divergent pathsProgress in the FA Cup apart, when Norwich City travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday the conversation among both sets of supporters will share a common theme. How come a club that won the Championship by five points last season are bottom of the Premier League, while the side that finished runners-up lord it over them, 19 points better off and, given that Sheffield United have a game in hand on most around them, still hopeful of reaching Europe?The obvious answer is money. The Blades broke their transfer record four times between gaining promotion and playing their first fixture back in the top flight, while the Canaries spent next to nothing. It would appear you get what you pay for in football, though that is by no means the whole story. Even though the only Premier League club in Yorkshire dominated the local headlines over the summer, spending money while rivals such as Leeds, Wednesday and Huddersfield kept their powder dry, the extent of the outlay only came to a shade over £40m. Related: Aston Villa announce £69m loss despite sale of Villa Park Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian