It was a bit of a reality check for Rafa Benitez and his players on Monday night.

After four wins in a row and picking up 16 points from a possible 21, Newcastle lost to Everton.

A solid enough performance but in a tight game with two defensively minded formations, the extra bit of quality and creativity was missing, with attacking space at a premium.

It was only the second time in 2018 where Newcastle had failed to score in the Premier League, ironically that other occasion was only a decent misplaced pass away from Goodison Park, over at Anfield.

Rafa Benitez was asked after the final whistle, what made the difference between the two teams?

This was what he had to say:

“Do the numbers.

“If you do the numbers then it is very easy.

“The difference is that they have players with experience in the Premier League.

“I don’t know how much they spent this year exactly…but it’s very simple.

“For us to come here and [people] expect us to beat them, it is not easy.”

The Newcastle boss when talking about ‘numbers’ was obviously referring to the gap in both wages and transfer fees that Everton and Newcastle are paying out.

Rafa Benitez has already said that he wasn’t able to compete with even Huddersfield or Brighton when it came to transfer fees and wages, so little chance then of competing with the £100,000+ per week that the likes of Walcott and Rooney are getting.

As for transfer fees, just look at this Everton v Newcastle comparison below.

Figures are from the specialist Transfermarkt website and are the transfer fees paid out on all 22 players who started the game at Goodison last night:


£26m Pickford

£63,000 Coleman

£5m Jagielka

£26m Keane

£7m Baines

£8m Gueye

£21m Schneiderlin

‘Free’ Rooney

£20m Walcott

£26m Bolasie

£20m Tosun

Newcastle United

Loan Dubravka

£5m Yedlin

£4m Lascelles

£9m Lejeune

Homegrown Dummett

£11m Ritchie

£14m Shelvey

£5m Diamé

Loan Kenedy

£2m Pérez

Loan Slimani

So basically, the Everton starting 11 saw £159m spent on transfer fees, whilst Newcastle’s is over a third less on £50m.

There are other striking aspects, particularly the fact that Newcastle are relying on three loan players to get by at the minute and have indeed arguably saved us from possible relegation.

In fact, if you take out Lejeune, Ritchie and Shelvey, the other eight players have seen Newcastle pay out only £16m when it comes to buying players.

It gets worse, as not even starting last night for various reasons, Everton also have  £44m Sigurdsson, £24m Klaassen and £16.1m Niasse in their squad.

Michael Owen is still Newcastle’s record buy, costing £16m thirteen years ago, by my reckoning Everton have at least nine players in their squad, six who started, who all cost more than that Owen record NUFC fee.

Actually, when you look at the rest of this Everton starting eleven, as well as the six who  all cost £20m+ each, you also have Rooney who may not have cost a fee but has that massive pay deal.

It is also deceptive with three of their back four, as Coleman, Jagielka and Baines may not have cost that much in fees – but all three were signed at least 10 years ago and have been great servants to the club.

Money isn’t everything but as Rafa Benitez says…Do the numbers!

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)

(To read the match ratings on all Newcastle players after this defeat go HERE)

(Sam Allardyce up to usual tricks with post-match comments – Read HERE)

(Everton legend destroys Allardyce’s laughable claims – Read HERE)

(DeAndre Yedlin has his say after the defeat at Everton – Read HERE)

(Rafa Benitez says ‘Do the numbers’ after losing at Goodison – Read HERE)

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  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    “So basically, the Everton starting 11 saw £159m spent on transfer fees, whilst Newcastle’s is over a third less on £50m.”

    I think you may need to do those numbers again.

    • Rabid Dog

      Are they incorrect ?

      • JMac

        Strictly speaking they are correct – a third of 159 is 53, and Newcastle did spend over 53m less! A better way to put it may have been ‘whilst Newcastle’s is less than a third of that, at £50m’

        • ghostrider

          You said a third less not a third of.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        We are over a third less so strictly speaking, I suppose he’s right but a 1/3 less than £159m would be £106m

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s amazing that we are as close to Everton given the comparative spends. Like you’ve said, money isn’t everything, but it certainly helps bridge a gap. The gap between us and Everton isn’t that great and it would take that much to overtake them next year.
    I won’t be holding my breath . .

    • Desree

      Imagine where we could be with hippo heed in charge.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Numbers mean sweet FA,
    we beat Man U & Arsenal, waste your time & look at their numbers

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      Consistently those teams with greater investment in their playing squads perform better (given decent management). Rafa is always going on about consistency as that is what gets you up the table. Occasional wins against better teams mean sweet FA.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        True & it`ll never happen under Fatso so it`s no good moaning on about it

        • Angelswithdirtyfaces

          Who’s moaning? Without proper investment Rafa will be off.

    • Ramalingam Raghavan

      He is just sending message to Ashley.
      Yday everyone were poor.

      • Ram Kishore

        Finally someone from Chennai ig

        • Ramalingam Raghavan

          Which place ru from.
          Im from Besant nagar.

          • Ram Kishore


  • Leazes.

    Spot on Matthew! In the long run those figures will show you where the club is in relation to the rest of the league, these loan players have managed to elevate us to the heady position of mid table which is a little too close for comfort to the Euro places for our accountant/squad builder/genius mastermind Charnley.

    Rafa understands the gap in quality and has rightly drawn attention to it….. Shearer also has chipped in saying it is still a Championship squad because the quality isn’t there up front.

    Charnley hides from the light playing ‘moneyball’ when our competitors are playing football!

    • Desree

      What about the season we spent 80m.

      Maybe fatty has finally worked out he hasn’t got a clue what he is doing. So no more money.

      I reckon raffa will have 10m net spend again. I don’t think Ashley pockets the profit. He uses it as wallpaper.

  • Gianfranco Shola

    Boring!! So every time we lose a game we’re gonna spit our dummy out and say oh well you spent more money therefore you should beat us! People go on like it’s a crime to spend lots of money in football, wake up call it’s the norm now guys

    • Rabid Dog

      I think calling it boring is a little unfair. Rafa wrote the headline, Matthew is just providing the data.

      It does go along way to demonstrate the difference in investment. If we had been relegated this year, there’s no one left of value to unload to bring in new players in the way we did last time. I think the fact we have 3 loan players in our first 11 fielded players is a great example of the asset stripping that’s gone on.

    • Ramalingam Raghavan

      Don’t think that our performances have been great. It was just better than the rest. With some backing we would have easily had 10 more points and been closer to Europe.
      Diame , Perez, Ritchie, Dummet, Gayle are to be upgraded. Very inconsistent other than Dummet who needs to attack more

  • Arty Hume

    This year we have over-performed up until last night, basically punched above our weight like we did when we finished 5th. The stark reality is, as Rafa states, we need experience. Started to see the more obvious flaws last night when played against an average side, but with experience. IMHO keeper suspect, fullback ( Yedlin ) too hitty missy, Perez reverted to below average, Richie had an off night, so did Shelvey, ( thank heavens Diame played out of his skin again ), which made the whole attack look toothless. The only one trying for me was Slimani, he looked above average but not great. Lots to do before playing WBA this Saturday as they have picked up since sacking Pardumbo. Rafa’s quotes after the match were quite revealing and put the bit on the fat one to either sell or come up with the cash. He has already said the is no more so it will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

    • Ramalingam Raghavan

      To go with our performance, most of the other teams have been quite poor which is why it is so tight at the bottom and a good difference in points in sections.
      We have really used it to our advantage

  • Cockneytrev

    We were miles ahead of Everton/ Spurs/ Man City etc when Ashley took over , these are the only figures that you need to look at, he has drained the club in the richest time in English football,,
    He has never run the club and has never had any intention of running the club properly, it has all been a tool to further his retail empire,,,
    in that he has been very successful..
    Furthermore imo, he has never had any intention of selling and never will, the only way to be rid of this parasite, is if he pops his clogs ,,,

    • Mark

      To be fair we were no where near the teams you mention, we had been in decline for a while, Ashley just took us to new levels of misery.

      • Cockneytrev

        to be fair , google the commercial revenues,, we were ahead of every team I menioned,, have a look at the wealthiest clubs in Europe,,
        As for decline,, Everton nearly got relegated, man city were nowhere near us and were a club waiting for its next disaster,, Spurs has not competed for years, as Ashley took control, tv money went through the roof, the other clubs, used this new found wealth for the benefit of the football club, not for the benefit of their retail empire,, (city aside) if the tv money had been used properly and the commercial side of the club had grown in line with the clubs mentioned, if we had appointed staff fit for purpose, we would have been on a level with these clubs and not avoiding relation season after season,,
        The previous owners were also robbing the club, but the present owner has taken it to new levels

        • Desree

          City had just appointed eriksen and beat us convincingly that season. We had just appointed hippo head and were abysmal.

          We best spurs and it was massive deal.

          We had to sell our best players, Keegan left and Fatty was desperate to sell the club because it was not commercially viable and would have done a Portsmouth. In one respect we arr lucky that fatty is so greedy and can’t bear anyone else making a profit out of him. I could never ser him flogging for a quid, he would rather burn st james park to the ground and claim insurance.

          • Cockneytrev

            what you’ve said about the playing side is correct,, but we were commercially ahead of all these clubs,, the problem was mismanagement and greed of previous and present owners,,
            he also had chances to sell the club and didn’t…
            He was in a box of friend of mine after a match, he was drunk and he was running his mouth off and said he was going to sell the club and make a £30 mil profit, that was his intention, he had a buyer,,, I can’t verify this as I wasn’t there, but I’ve no reason to disbelieve my friend. If you can’t trust what he had to say is another matter as he has lied in the past.
            The time he could have sold to the mansours consortium, he didn’t even turn up for the meeting and left them waiting for him,,, (I was told that he was in a casino at the time, again I can’t verify this).
            So he has definitely had oppotunities to sell.
            The commercial side, we are the ONLY Premiership club that has not taken advantage of the opportunities that have been open to clubs in the last ten years and been overtaken by clubs we can’t compete with, this is purely down to the owner using the club for his own agenda. The accounts are healthy due to increase in TV money.
            I repeat we were ahead of all the clubs mentioned

          • Desree

            The mansours must have been asking him to sell at a loss. Totally agree with you about financials, but we tried buying a league/cup and failed. Leeds also, Blackburn were successful and are not even a championship club.

            My point is this, we are not even a blackburn, leicester, everton or leeds. They have all been champions at some point in my life time.

            NUFC fans seem to live in an alternate reality where by turning up en masse every week means we are a big club.

            We are a joke.

          • Cockneytrev

            wThe mansours wouldn’t be bothered about his asking price.
            my point was that we were commercially bigger than the three clubs. mentioned, we aren’t now, this is due to mismanagement of the football club, as a football club…
            I’m not saying we’re a big club, but that the mismanagement of this club has let others overtake us..
            You could say that about Spurs, they’ve never won the league since they won the double in 62… then also add Forest, Villa and Derby, they’ve all won the league since Spurs, ,, Forest and villa the European cup.
            when Ashley took over we were COMMERCIALLY better than the 3 clubs I mentioned.

      • Andy Mac

        Sorry but you’re just wrong. Check out some NUFC financial figures pre 2007.

        • Mark

          I have checked the most important one, the league tables and in no way am i defending Ashley because he is a shocking owner, but we were in decline ever since SBR left. Admittedly Man City were not the team they are now but Spurs finished in the top 6 twice and Everton finished above us every time except one. Our best finish was seventh between SBR leaving and porky taking over except for that we were bottom half/mid table.

          • Cockneytrev

            Financially we were way ahead of these teams,,
            The league position was down to the appointment of bad managers,, we had a decent squad, way ahead of the squad we have now,, but we got managers who could not handle the players we had,,,, it was crucial who we appointed after Sir Bobby and Shepard got it wrong.

    • Andy Mac

      Or we actually do something about it ? 🤔

      • Cockneytrev

        I’m with you all the way,,,,👍👍👍

    • Desree

      We were on a par with City. Spurs were better and Everton too. In the last 50 years how many times has NUFC made the top six. Does anyone know? It can’t be more than 10

      • Cockneytrev

        commercially we were ahead of all 3

        • Desree

          Thats how fatty assessed it at the time.

  • Rabid Dog

    Someone help me out here.

    Where are Everton getting the money from? They have smaller crowds, their in a 2 club city, they can’t have a bigger global footprint than the Toon. How can their starting 11 have cost 100 million more than ours and they still be afloat?

    Seriously I don’t get it.

    • Paul Smith

      Selling people like Lukaku for £90 million after signing him for about £30 million helps a bit…

      • Ramalingam Raghavan

        But still they spent 100mn more.

    • Cockneytrev

      unlike our club, the revenue produced has been put back into the playing staff, they will also have structured loans that are payed back, they will get proper commercial revenue unlike us, who are held over a barrel with a loan that never decreases, so we give our advertising away for free, shirt sales etc will go to the club, not disappear into the owners other businesses,,, they also have a well set up accademy producing players that can come through,,,,our owner would rather sell off the land instead of investing in it..

      • Rabid Dog

        Well this is all true but I’m still staggered at the difference in squad cost vs ours (actually that should read “how little ours cost”). Lukaku, I’d forgotten about to be honest and this makes for a sizable chunk of money spent.

        • Cockneytrev

          My point was, that they have owners who want success at the club on the pitch, so they will use al the resources to hand to achieve this,,,we have an owner who doesn’t care about this, he just wants the club as an advertising tool for his retail business and uses a minimum to keep the club treading water…
          IMO he will never sell the club, he has no intention..

          • Rabid Dog

            Agree… actually I don’t think you could have presented it better. I keep trying to remind myself (and others) we’re now so used to riding the fine line between premier and championship that this season represents success.

            I hate it. And like you I do not expect Cashley to sell.

      • Clarko

        “they will also have structured loans that are payed back” – You know paying back loans means they have less money to spend right? Of course you don’t.

        “unlike us, who are held over a barrel with a loan that never decreases” – You know if we payed back our loans it would give us less money to spend right? Of course you don’t.

        • Cockneytrev

          Ashley hoop licker👅👅

          • Clarko

            “Oh no he’s made me look stupid again, I know, I’ll call him a ‘hoop licker’ and a ‘troll’, that will work”

            You don’t know what a loan is.

            😂 😂 😂

          • Cockneytrev

            The Queen of Google laughs at his own little joke
            Stick to what you know
            Hoop licking👅👅

          • Clarko

            Oh, it wasn’t a joke, you don’t know what a loan is, I was laughing at your stupidity.

          • Cockneytrev

            So you laugh to yourself,,,, lay off the meds,,Troll..
            Ashley Hoop licker👅👅

          • Clarko

            You don’t know what a loan is.

            😂 😂 😂

          • Cockneytrev

            Your laughing again,,
            Hoop licker👅👅

          • Clarko


            Shocker, the idiot who doesn’t know what a loan is also doesn’t know the difference between you’re and your.

            😂 😂 😂

          • Cockneytrev

            Still laughing at YOU’RE own jokes?
            Sad Hoop licker👅👅

          • Clarko

            Let’s just leave it there, somewhere this is considered a hate crime.

          • Cockneytrev


    • Andy Mac

      Their new co owner is a former Arsenal director. Moshiri. His net worth is allegedly $1.75Bn. Whereas our pauper of an owner is worth a measly £3.8Bn ?

    • Clarko

      Because we were in the Championship last season, they got £175m (TV money and Lukaku sale) at the start of the season, we didn’t.

  • Andy Mac

    One of Rafa’s biggest faults is his almost constant whingeing about a lack of funds. Yes we all know we could do with Fatman shelling out the dosh but if we were shopping at Harrods would that prevent us from finding gems like Lejeune for £8m, Merino for £6.5m or Lascelles for buttons ?

    Rafa’s transfer history is not littered with masses of real gems so maybe we should try harder at finding the next Mahrez, Kante or Alli ?

    • Down Under Mag

      He did sign the likes of Alonso and Torres while at Liverpool…they weren’t exactly failures. He’s signed some duff players too granted, but then which manager hasn’t? Remember Veron for Man Utd?

    • Clarko

      Higuaín, Torres, Mascherano, Kuyt, Alonso, Albiol, Reina, Callejón, Jorginho, Mertens, Agger, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Coutinho, Lucas, ect… It’s pretty littered.

      What do you think clubs are doing? Looking for the next Ali Dia? It’s not easy to find a Mahrez, Kante or Alli for “buttons,” it’s so hard and so rare you could only name three examples.

      • Andy Mac

        and you could only name those that werent flops ???? Alberto Aquilani, Josemi, Antonio Nunez, Ryan Babel, Peter Crouch, Andrea Dossena, Jermaine Pennant, Craig Bellamy, Sebastian Leto, Jan Kromkamp, Fernando Morientes, David Ngog, Philip Degen, Charles Itandje, Mauricio Pellegrino etc.

        • Clarko

          This wasn’t about flops, this was about “Rafa’s transfer history is not littered with masses of real gems”, it is.