QPR join big guns on agents' fees list
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:08:00
Norwich full-back Steven Whittaker says hard work lies behind the Canaries' recent run of good form.
Chris Hughton's men got off to a slow start this season but have turned things around and play host to Sunderland on Sunday, looking to go eight Premier League matches without defeat for the first time since 1994.
And Whittaker said: "We haven't been beaten in a while now, so hopefully we can keep that going.
"I don't know why we had a bad start. Maybe it took us a little bit of time with a new manager and new players gelling together.
"But now we are all on the same page and we are all working extremely hard as a unit. Maybe that's why we are having success.
"We have a never say die attitude and we are picking up points in every game."
However, Whittaker says Norwich need to keep his fellow Scot Steven Fletcher quiet if they are to be successful at the weekend.
Fletcher has scored six league goals so far this season and Whittaker said: "I always thought he had the attributes and talent to make it to the top of the game.
"He is a big lad, he has a good left foot and he is a good finisher. He seems to take all the chances he gets, so it doesn't surprise me he is doing so well.
"I was delighted to see him back in a Scotland jersey recently - we have missed him. He has shown what a capable player he is in the Premier League, so we need to be wary of him.
"He is a great talent and has scored a lot of headers, so we have to be wary of his power from crosses and pick him up."
City were the biggest spenders on Â£10,537,982 - up from Â£9,663,700 - with Liverpool second having shelled out Â£8,600,444 - an increase from Â£7,000,242.99.
But it was Rangers, who brought in a number of high-profile signings over the summer including Julio Cesar, Park Ji sung, Jose Bosingwa and Esteban Granero, whose payments stood out, with their figure having almost trebled from Â£2,499,214 in 2010/11.
Tottenham (Â£6,595,905) were fourth on the list, followed by Champions League winners Chelsea (Â£6,490,382), Arsenal (Â£5,580,873) and West Ham (Â£4,436,992), while Manchester United's figure dropped to Â£3,681,580 from Â£4,457,103.
Promoted Southampton had the lowest figure (Â£646,106), with Swansea - last year's lowest spenders - second-bottom of the list despite their payments having risen from Â£248,633 to Â£1,100,845.
The overall amount spent by the 20 top-flight clubs was Â£77,003,130 (806 transactions), compared to Â£71,868,749.94 (765 transactions) for the previous 12 months.
Payments made by each Premier League club to agents in the period October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012 (amounts shown include payments made by clubs on behalf of players):
Aston Villa Â£2,730,539
Manchester City Â£10,537,982
Manchester United Â£3,681,580
West Brom Â£1,341,301
West Ham Â£4,436,992
Payments made by each Premier League club to agents in the period October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011:
Aston Villa Â£3,163,320
Manchester City Â£9,663,700
Manchester United Â£4,457,103
West Brom Â£1,305,576.38