Part of the strength of the established clubs is how, over time, they’ve developed ways to ensure the team will always be greater than the sum of its parts. They do this by exploiting their status as established favourites to secure the best available players, certainly. But they are also careful to ensure their success never hinges on a single generation of talent, and that their dominance isn’t threatened by the inevitable bad signing.
In the future, elite clubs will have an informed, comprehensive succession plan in place which will take into account a wide number of contingencies, whether dealing with a serious injury to a highly paid and prized full-back, to establishing a five year transfer strategy toward European qualification without violating FFP. These succession plans will...