Writing in his weekly column, Savage has blasted the figures being thrown around for unproven or better than average Premier League footballers and cited back to Carroll’s switch to Liverpool.
“It's only a matter of time before the madness of English football’s transfer market sees a fee break the £100million barrier,” Savage explained.
“I don’t think the transfer market in English football has ever recovered from Liverpool paying Newcastle £35m for Andy Carroll five years ago.”
“That fee has hung like a millstone round Carroll’s neck and, in my opinion, has hindered his career. It’s not his fault a club was prepared to pay such an outrageously inflated fee for him.”
Carroll was an excellent goal scorer while playing for the Magpies, and in his early twenties he had his whole career ahead of him. However, there is no getting away from his vast price tag.
The price for British talent in particular has increased tenfold in the last few years, with Saido Berahino, Andros Townsend and Jonjo Shelvey among others valued at eight-figure sums.
It makes Arsenal’s deals for Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain all the more excellent while Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli represents a massive bargain.
The riches of the Premier League will only hike up the prices further, and that his filtered down to the Championship with the likes of Derby County and Middlesbrough spending huge sums of late.
This, of course, isn’t the fault of West Ham’s Carroll or even the Reds – if it wasn’t them, then it was only going to be another club with Chelsea another example of big spenders over the past decade.
But it’s a process which has ultimately spiralled out of control. The riches of the Premier League means the goal of remaining competitive in the top-flight has driven clubs and player prices to near insanity.