When it comes to determining whether a manager is a success or failure, signings often come into play.
A good signing can often save a manager’s career, while one bad one can bring it to a premature end, and in these times of Financial Fair Play, spending wisely has become of even greater concern to Premier League managers.
But if this table from the Daily Mail is to be believed, it seems those at the top of the division haven’t been doing a very good job with the cash at their disposal.
In the value for money chart, which calculates how much each club has had to spend per point they have accumulated this season, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal find themselves propping up the table.
Louis Van Gaal’s side have had to spend a staggering £3.4m per point this season, while City and Arsenal have both spent £2.2m per point respectively. Just above them sit QPR on a similar figure, with Newcastle United and Liverpool splashing out £1.8m per point.
At the other end of the table, though, is a surprising name. Swansea City are currently the leagues savviest shoppers, having spent just £386,000 per point this season, followed closely by Southampton on £410k and Stoke on £719k.
That standing just goes to show how good a job Monk has done with the Swans in his first full season in charge, while Ronald Koeman also deserves credit for the work he has overseen at St Mary's.
It also brings into question what they could do with more money should it be available. In contrast, the likes of Van Gaal, Manuel Pellegrini and Wenger might consider taking a leaf out of their colleague’s book.