Which Summer Transfers in the JPL Increased/Decreased in Value (19/20)?

31-03-2020

With the corona crisis clubs have some extra time to prepare the next summer transfer window. In this post, we evaluate the transfer policies of the teams in the Jupiler Pro League during the 19/20 season. By looking at the paid transfer fee and the change in market value (since buying the player), an analysis can be made of which clubs did well and which newly acquired players underperformed.

Looking at the graph, players who are situated in the bottom right turned out to be the best transfers, not costing that much money in relative terms + experiencing a large increase in market value. In this respect, Elisha Owusu from KAA Gent stands out as the best transfer of last summer, being followed by Selim Amallah (Standard de Li├Ęge) and Hendrik Van Crombrugge (RSC Anderlecht).

Looking at particular teams, KRC Genk had some difficulties in replacing their championship team of 18/19, buying expensive players like Hrosovsky, Bongonda, Hagi & Nygren who all experienced a drop in market value. Only Onuachu's and Odey's market value increased slightly. Club Brugge was one of the big spenders in the last summer transfer window but their investments could have been worth it looking at the positive development in market value for Deli, Mignolet, Kossounou and Balanta. Only paying the huge loan fee for Mbaye Diagne can be considered as a miscast.

With respect to specific players, Cyle Larin who is on loan at Zulte Waregem could be worth executing a possible buying clause, as the player's market value has increased significantly. In this way, Zulte Waregem could sell Larin to other interested parties for a higher price. This could be very lucrative, knowing that Charleroi did the same with Victor Osimhen (now at Lille) last year.