In recent years a lot has been said on the subject of spending in the premier league and in the fight for talent, both transfer fees and wages have increased over time. Following another high spending transfer window reaching £120m this culture of spending looks to continue.

As a fan of the game it’s often easy to justify the ever-increasing expenditure, especially when the prospect of a world-class player playing in the premiership every week is in the air.

However fans of the game are not the sole beneficiaries from the premierships search for world-class individuals.

…making a pretty penny…

Agents have found themselves making a pretty penny; The Premier League published details of its clubs’ payments to agents from the period of 1st October 2011 to 30th September 2012.

During this period a total of £77,003,130 was spent by the 20 Premier League clubs on agents. A bit much right?

…the man raised some excellent points…

This week Gary Neville expressed his opinion on the matter in an article expressing his concern over agents and their influence in football. And to be fair, the man raised some excellent points.

There are agents who offer young footballers an invaluable service, providing them with career advice whilst searching for potential sponsorship, a service which players…

…agents will always look out for their own interest…

However agents are also involved in contract negotiations and it is here where their inclusion becomes questionable. Unlike contract lawyers and financial advisers who charge by the hour, Agents command a percentage of player’s salary or a fixed fee.

A dangerous system as agents are more likely to seek out the highest bidders in order to receive a larger fee. A practice that often leads young players to a future of sitting on the bench of major clubs. Take Scott Sinclair’s move to Manchester City last year for £8m.  Sinclair was an influential figure in Swansea’s Premier League campaign. His performances gained him interest from numerous major clubs, however many including myself thought it would be wise for Sinclair to stay put and continue to grow. Situations like this are dangerous as agents will always look out for their own interest.

…the role of an agent has become too broad…

In my opinion the role of an agent has become too broad. Their presence in negotiations needs to be removed and players need to become more involved in the negotiation process.

Alternatively the F.A could insist on being more open, allowing players and the public alike the opportunity to see the wages offered with transfers. Thus allowing us to read into whether agents are indeed looking for the highest bidder.

Whatever route the F.A decides to take, I hope it is swift as to prevent more young talent from sitting of the benches.

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Hey all! I'm Andre, the part time footballing genius(Both on and off the pitch). And i'll be using as much of my time to impart some wisdom to the world.

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