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Clubs who spend big in the Championship tend to do better than they did in the previous season.

It’s been a quiet transfer window so far for Leeds United with the loan of Lewis Baker being the club’s only signing to date.

That could be bad news for the club, going by historical precedent.

A total of 180 clubs over the last 10 Championship seasons were in the same division as the year before.

A total of 87 of those had a positive net spend.

A total of 53 of those teams (61%) finished higher in the league compared to the previous season.

Another 31 (36%) finished lower in the league, while another three finished in the same place.

Teams who increase their spending in the Championship…


Finish higher in the table


Finish lower in the table

Reach Data Unit

Teams who had either a zero or negative net spend finished lower in the league than the year before 57 times, compared to 31 who finished
higher up.

The largest net spend of any team who hadn’t just been promoted or relegated to the Championship was £30.7m in 2015/16 by Derby County.

The Rams finished fifth that season, up from eighth the year before.

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