Stats reveal which Premier League scorer is best value for money


We all know there is money to be made in football, especially if you are a Premier League player with potential. 

To explore a player’s worth in detail, cheap football tickets company conducted research to work out how much last season’s top scorers cost their club per goal.

To achieve the data, took 3 steps:

  1. 15 players with the most goals in the 2018/19 season were extracted using

  2. The estimated annual salary of each player was recorded using payroll data from

  3. The estimated annual salary of each player was divided by the number of goals they scored.

Highlights from the research:

Paul Pogba’s estimated cost to Manchester United is a staggering £1,160,000 per goal. Over 10x as much as Brighton and Hove Albion’s Glenn Murray for the same number of goals – 13. Sure, the Frenchman is a midfielder and less likely to score due to positioning on the pitch. But it’s striking (forgive the pun) to consider the difference in monetary gain (and club cost) for these two players. 

Other notable Brits featured alongside Murray are Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.

Kane scored 17 goals for Spurs last season; with an estimated annual salary of £10.4 million, this is equal to £611,765 per goal. The fifth highest total in the table.  

PFA Young Player of the Year and Manchester City superstar Sterling scored 17 goals for Pep Guardiola’s team last season; with an estimated annual salary of £9.3 million, this is equal to £550,588 per goal.

Perhaps the player that is best value for money is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. Mane scored 22 goals in the 2018/19 season; the same total as Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but for a fraction of the price. In fact, Salah and Aubameyang cost 2x as much per goal as Mane.

Interestingly, Aubameyang’s striking partner Alexandre Lacazette is the third highest cost in the table – at £728,252 per goal – significantly ahead of Aubameyang for 9 less goals. Perhaps indicating the extra £932,727 that lines Aubameyang’s pocket is responsible for adding a spring to his step on the pitch.

Sergio Aguero’s place in the table could reflect his influence over the success of Man City since joining the team in 2011. An estimated annual salary of £13 million might seem excessive but, with 21 goals secured last season, the second highest total achieved, the current Premier League champions might be willing to overlook the £619,048 cost per goal. 

*During this summer’s transfer window (2019/20), Eden Hazard left Chelsea (England) for Real Madrid (Spain.)

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