Recruitment Policy Is Key - Lansdown

Steve Lansdown insists City’s own recruitment policy is the right way to do things, after describing the money spent across the divisions in the summer transfer window as “crazy”.

 

Steve Lansdown insists City’s own recruitment policy is the right way to do things, after describing the money spent across the divisions in the summer transfer window as “crazy”.

The club’s majority shareholder was speaking in an exclusive Bristol City Player HD interview, in which he revealed City had spent around £11m in transfer fees during the close season.

 In comparison, the club did complete the record sale of Jonathan Kodjia to Aston Villa for up to £15m, as well as benefiting from sell-on fees in Yannick Bolasie’s move to Everton and Albert Adomah’s switch to Villa.

 Of City’s 12 first-team signings this summer, ten of them are aged 24 or under, with just Lee Tomlin (27) and Gary O’Neil (33) being the exceptions. And it is a policy of recruiting younger than Lansdown believes will benefit his club in the long term.

“It’s crazy and I don’t know how long it can last,” Lansdown said of the latest transfer window, in which Premier League clubs spent more than £1bn.

“It’s not just the money being spent in the top division, but you only have to see the amount of money being paid out by those with foreign ownership in our league like Wolves and Villa.

“Perhaps they need to learn the value of money in the football market. They’re very keen to spend the money and be the guys that get success.

“They’ve been putting money into the system which, to be honest, we can’t live with. That’s why we adopted the policy we did a couple of years back – and now we’ve seen the likes of Bolasie and Adomah bringing in fees for us.

“We’ll look to recruit young players, 24 and under, in the main. That’s the target market, although not exactly set in stone. We added experience around them like Gary O’Neil and Lee Tomlin.

“We want to get these players nice and young, hopefully keeping them here. If not we move them on for a fee and continue to develop our own Academy players through the system to complement it.”

Lansdown also believes the changes to the transfer market also had a bearing on the fees being spent. Clubs can no longer use the emergency loan option in the EFL, but it’s a change the City majority shareholder believes was needed.

“Everyone had to get their squads ready up until January because that’s the next time we can do anything in the transfer market,” he added.

“To be honest it’s something I’ve wanted for a long time. I’ve never been a fan of the loan system.

“Hopefully with the way we’ve recruited, especially with the Under-23s giving us a stronger underbelly, will stand us in good stead.”