Spending power is a massive factor in terms of building a successful team in modern football. Managers do have an impact and can help their teams overachieve in the right circumstances.
However, winning trophies in the Premier League is generally dependent on how much the club is willing to spend in the transfer market.
The traditional ‘Big Six’ tend to finish in the top six places for a reason. Their squads are the most expensively assembled in the top flight.
Press the next page as we rank the cost of the matchday squads that the top six fielded in their opening day fixtures last weekend.