Newcastle v Southampton was a total mismatch on Saturday.
The Magpies running out easy 3-0 winners against a feeble Saints side who struggled to land a single blow.
The result took Newcastle five points clear of the relegation zone and into 13th, whilst Southampton hover right on the edge of the drop, only one point above third bottom.
I thought it would be interesting to see just what the respective teams/squads cost to buy.
Is Rafa Benitez really turning water into wine…?
The transfer fees quoted below, are all from the specialist Transfermarkt website which specialises in transfer data, you are never going to get exact figures for every transfer these days but they have a good reputation for being pretty accurate. Plus both clubs’ figures are from that same source, so not as if any bias involved.
Newcastle Starting 11 – £61m:
Dubravka LOAN, Yedlin £5m, Lejeune £9m, Lascelles £4m, Dummett HG, Ritchie £11m, Shelvey £14m, Diame £5m, Kenedy LOAN, Perez £2m, Gayle £11m
Southampton Starting 11 – £108m:
McCarthy £4m, Soares £5m, Stephens HG, Hoedt £15m, Bertrand £12m, Hojberg £13m, Lemina £15m, Ward-Prowse HG, Tadic £13m, Redmond £12m, Carillo £19m
Newcastle Subs used – £17m:
Atsu £6m, Merino £6m, Joselu £5m
Southampton Subs used – £28m
Sims HG, Gabbiadini £15m, Long £13m
Newcastle Subs unused – £23m
Darlow £4m, Manquillo £4m, Clark £5m, Murphy £10m
Southampton Subs unused – £39m
Forster £11m, Boufal £17m, Bednarek £5m, Romeu £6m
Total cost of Newcastle 18 man squad – £101m
Total cost of Southampton 18 man squad – £175m
Newcastle players in 18 man squad who cost £10m+ – Four
Southampton players in 18 man squad who cost £10m+ – Eleven
I think the fact that Southampton could have fielded an entire team of players who all cost £10m or more, compared to only four for Newcastle tells you a lot.
If Southampton had fielded the most expensive 11 players in their 18 man squad it would have been a value of £155m, compared to Newcastle’s most expensive 11 costing £87m.
The figures tell me that Rafa Benitez is doing a very impressive job, getting players playing to their maximum most weeks, then in a team framework they are greater than their parts.
Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked finally tonight, defeat at Newcastle meant it was now only one PL win in the last 17 games. Imagine what Rafa could do if he had the backing to currently have a squad that included 11 or more players who all cost £10m or more?