Their Fantasy Football competition has Demba Ba valued at £6m in their ratings, compared to Andy Carroll lagging behind on £5.8m, perhaps giving extra credence to any possible swap deal involving cash PLUS Carroll for Ba!
At times Newcastle United did indeed play some fantasy stuff last season but seeing a Fantasy Football competition for the coming season it got me thinking…
The Daily Telegraph allow you £50m to spend on your eleven players of choice and interestingly, if you wanted to buy Newcastle’s first choice eleven from last season you would still have over £6m change, as combined they would set you back £43.7m.
As a comparison, it would set you back the following for our competitors – Everton (£42.6m), Liverpool (£44.9m), Spurs (£48.4m) and with Manchester City you would have to compromise somewhere as their eleven most valued players come out at £53.2m according to the Telegraph.
Of course these figures are all to fit in with the Telegraph’s budget per team of £50m and don’t equal ‘real’ values but the amounts are relative in competing players, so for example it is interesting/amusing that they rate Liverpool’s most valuable eleven above Newcastle’s.
The values attached for the purposes of Fantasy Football for the Newcastle players were;
If Newcastle’s eleven players above were said to have a total value of £50m, this is how I would carve up their relative values to the club/team – that is real value to the team rather than to get Fantasy League points;
Krul £5.5m, Simpson £2.5m, Coloccini £5m, Steven Taylor £4m, Santon £3.5m, Ben Ara £4.5m, Tiote £5m, Cabaye £5m, Jonas £4m, Ba £5m, Cisse £6m