Hard to argue that it can't be done. We've seen it... but players and their agents are pretty savvy
Wave cash in front of an emerging talent and you've got a shot at signing him for a few years.
Of course the younger you do it, the higher the risk that you've paid for a hot streak instead of enduring talent.
It's a crapshoot
Asset yes. I agree.
But not your core
You win in sports with elite talent. The elite makes up your core. Santander and Hays will never be elite talents. That doesn’t mean they can’t be very good but you don’t win with very good.
End of the day, they are both replaceable commodities.