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?

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  • Paul Patterson

    Fully agree. The sides down there have spent fortunes and Rafa hasn’t. He’s doing a good job in the circumstances.
    Interestingly, the two players that have made a massive difference to the team over the last few weeks are two freebies/loans, money being pretty much irrelevant . .

    • Leazes.

      Yes he’s got one more season under contract and you know what, he’ll still not get to build a Rafalution, because Ashley has hung up a sign saying ‘for Sale’ no player purchases!

      Loan Players are exactly that up til 30th June.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Course there’s no Rafalution……more like a dilution………thank you Mike Ashley….

        • HarryHype59

          More like a “Lafalution”, with the joke being on NUFC fans.

    • Kneebotherm8

      A very good job in the circumstances…

    • Jezza

      Yes the two January loanees are our best players but you can’t run a Premiership club on a shoestring and get away with it for very long. Sunderland tried and look where they are now. If Ashley keeps going on the way he is it’ll be us next.

  • Leazes.

    The figures in one game tell you nothing Dean…. that is stupid!

    You didn’t use the value of the loan players, and so omitted them from the sum completely….that is stupid!

    The owner positioned the club at fifteenth by squad value, now when you look at the final league positions you will see a remarkable thing…. a relationship between the value of the squad and the final league position (correlation), with variants of course and there you will see the effect of a well run campaign/ luck with injuries/ and of course the effects of good management instilling a purpose into the club (that’s the bit you want) but unfortunately there is no way on earth that you can distill that part of the sum from the result…. so its silly.

    Is Graham Porter your maths teacher by any chance?

  • Stephen Paylor

    A good article showing the vast difference in money spent, also of course Southampton have sold many players at huge fees too. I would agree though though that Rafa has punched above his weight this season. The place we are really light is up front. I dont think Dwight Gayle or Joselu would get a game at any other team in the league let alone be first choice. This is the thing that needs changing for next year. If we had maybe Josh King, Callum Wilson or Batshuyai as an option up front this year then i believe we would be in and around 7th to 10th. Would have only taken maybe 10 more points and i think that would be assured with any one of those names on our roster.

    • Leazes.

      Actually its a poor article, if you tell him its meaningful he’ll only do another one….

    • Clarko

      -Wilson has a Premier League goal every 201 minutes

      -Gayle has a Premier League goal every 209 minutes

      -King has a Premier League goal every 248 minutes

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Another pointless exercise, this lot are getting as bad as Ryders Ronnie

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    When you see Perez only costing two million for the job he does linking up the players and runs like he did for our second goal the fee we paid was a steal and he will get better when the players round him improve.

  • mentalman

    perhaps its because they have a net spend of -£54 million this season so quite obviously haven’t invested in their team