07 January 2016
Alternatively you could say that - whilst indisputably wasteful - these wages paved the way for our future success. Due to Financial 'Fair Play' we'd have been stuck with even less ability to pay decent wages had we not brought in any high earners before the ruling fully kicked in. We're hindered enough by this as it is.
Also, whilst clearly not on the same scale, Gaston was our Manchester City/'Robinho' in kind. The transfer demonstrated that we're worthy of consideration in the transfer market and arguably opened up the possibility of signing the likes of Wanyama, Lovren (RIP), Mané, Pelle, Bertrand, Forster et al.