First, I would like to hear others' opinions on how the recent transfer market can be viewed from a YA perspective. I am familiar with larger-profile YA moves, but I would like to see someone put them all into context. ---------- Then there's this ... http://www.sundaytimes.co.za/Sport/Article.aspx?id=557129 English soccer is being hurt by over-priced, scarce local talent and a flood of cheaper foreigners, according to Blackburn chairman John Williams. On the first weekend of the English Premier League season, only 37% of players that started matches were English. That was 81 players, a drop from 184 15 years ago, and Williams sees that as bad for the English game. .... Meanwhile, Williams predicts that wages will soar this year to reflect the record spending on transfers. Sports consultants Deloitte believe there will not be such a dramatic rise in players’ salaries compared to transfer fees, but Williams disagrees. Deloitte’s report shows transfer spending by English clubs this summer has exceeded £500-million, smashing the previous summer’s £300-million. Williams said: “I have read the predictions that wages will not rise dramatically but my feeling is that wages will grow very considerably this year. “The market is buoyant because of the TV money, there is an ability to pay and a willingness to invest.” ********** I couldn't find the old BS YA thread, but the difference of opinion above - wages will or will not rise in response to a big increase in (TV) revenue - was hotly debated.