Has Premier League became boring?
When Leicester City won the Premier League two years ago it felt like a watershed moment. In a division where the gulf between the haves and have-nots had never been greater, the 5,000/1 outsiders Leicester had pulled off arguably the greatest ever upset in English football history.
As a nation rejoiced, the Premier League’s big boys reacted as if to say: "never again". The two Manchester clubs and Chelsea each brought in one of the world’s best managers (on a combined salary of £21.5m), while they all, plus Liverpool, Arsenal and to a lesser extent the already upwardly mobile Tottenham set about spending huge sums on rebuilding their squad.
It was as if Leicester had pulled off a major heist, and the so-called ‘Big Six’ now had to tighten its security. The result over the last 18 months has been a more authoritarian, dominant cartel than ever before.
And the effect has been numbing. For a division that trades off its frequency of upsets and the idea that ‘anyone can beat anyone’, the Premier League has been depressingly top heavy for the last season and a half.