In a previous article I made a top of the head prediction in passing that of the 20 Premier League squads, Newcastle United would have the lowest value squad on the opening weekend of games. It turns out that prediction wasn’t wholly accurate, although they did come close.

I took it upon myself to go away and do the math on the whole of the Premier League opening weekend.

At the bottom of the ‘cost’ table, there are no real surprises, while at the top, call me foolish, but it is staggering just how much money is being spent.

This inserted criteria also includes the subs that played in the opening weekend of game. Every premier league club used all three of their subs, with the exception of Huddersfield who only made two.

In relation to the transfer fees, if I didn’t know a fee of the top of my head (most I didn’t, obviously) then it was taken from transfermarkt.com – or if they failed to state the fee then a relevant newspaper article was found. So forgive me if you think I am a million or so off.

Premier League squads, the value of each based on the players who played (including subs who came off the bench) in the opening ground of PL matches:

premier league squadspremier league squads

Obviously our first port of call is Newcastle United, who had the fourth least costliest squad of the opening weekend, keeping company with Burnley and Bournemouth.

Although as you can see, with a little bit of context being provided in regards to the players who were missing, that would usually be in the squad, what is evident is that over the course of a normal weekend, Newcastle will probably sit second bottom of this table with a playing x1, plus used substitutes, of around £70,000,000.

Cardiff City of course, are at the root of the table, which isn’t a surprise. Although I was surprised by just how far behind they are, as well as the lack of experience in their squad with most of it made up of free transfers. Based on the opening weekend, and having a look at their squad, I think it will be nothing short of a miracle if they stay up this year – but we will see. Stranger things have certainly happened.

At the top of the league, you really have to question, what is the point? This is part of the reason why I don’t understand fellow fans who make out that Newcastle staying in the Premier League is the be all and end all. As if finishing 10th every year would be some amazing thing. The truth is, the rest of us are just there to make up the numbers while the big teams do what they want.

In total, it adds up to around 4 billion worth of talent used this weekend in the Premier league. Is it worth it?

It might sound silly, and it would certainly be unprecedented, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Man City won every single game in the Premier League this season. Every time they do win, even in glorious style, it is like “yeah, so what? What do you expect?”

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Mike Ashley deserves credit. Once Bournemouth and Burnley get their signings in the squad, Newcastle will have the second cheapest starting eleven in the league. That is a fact. Around £100,000,000 cheaper than West Ham, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.

When you analyse the context of the figures, that is big money signings to come back into the squads at other clubs, compared to only Florian Lejeune at Newcastle, we aren’t even in the same category as Brighton, Fulham and Watford, or Southampton, Burnley or Bournemouth.

Newcastle Untied are surrounded by Wolves and Huddersfield Town. In 25 seasons of the Premier League, Newcastle have been in 22, Wolves have been in 5, and Huddersfield enter season number 2, yet I think that is where we are at right now.

So much for high expectations right? Go figure.

(** I will be uploading the excel sheet detailing each individuals costs on my twitter feed.)

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  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    17th. Right where the fat pig wants us.

  • DeadToiler

    These articles are so boring

    • Leazes.

      All of your 33 posts all attacking the figures which indict the owner….. well ‘newbie’ yer blocked Kevin!

    • Murdy

      Waaah waaaah waaaah… Don’t read them and stop crying.

    • Kenny

      troll vermin

    • Billmag

      Write your own article then so we can judge you.

    • FatParosite

      Yet another blocked ĆȖƝȚ

  • Leazes.

    I was a bit less wordy……. I just said that we had the same fifteenth placed squad as last season…..

    If you add a ‘Trophy Manager’ Ashley can raise the level a bit with some luck, a bus and no injuries….

    ….unfortunately the season has started and we have no luck, a bus, and two injured players…. and a manager winding down the golden handcuffs contract that he sacked his agent for signing him up to.

    Still we have a PR agent to tell us how great their business was and how fabulous and generous the owner has been….. apparently he pumps money into the club to cover for the relegations that he causes!

    I wish I’d been with Chi Onwurah to give her some backing to hammer the assertions of the Palace owner Simon Jordan…. she let him get away with murder with his assertions, the guy clearly had no idea of what has been going on here for over a decade.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Have you still got your season ticket for West Ham. Where were you at the weekend watching Celtic with Gerry and Martin. Newcastle gave Spurs a great team and more than matched them. You are the enemy from within the type of supporter who Rafa hates.

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      I only usually reply on the feed when it comes to football, and i know most people on here give you stick but i think it goes to show what type of person you are when you comment on someone’s articles about football with things to do with the IRA that have nothing to do with me or Newcastle Untied.

      Secondly, I don’t have a season ticket at West Ham. While doing my UG at university down south, between my friends we thought it would be a good idea to all chip in for a season ticket somewhere so that we could watch football on a Saturday afternoon like lads do. Actually West Ham was super cheap at around £270 for a decent standard of football, close by, in a brand new stadium. I dont know if you have any friends, but I think that is quite a normal thing. You are a regular on here so you should know from that season I was at most Newcastle games anyway because i was doing the match reports… but pardon me for liking football.

      I am not really sure what me coming from a Celtic family has to do with anything to be honest. The worst types of people are those that judge you based on the football team that you support. Because I follow Celtic, it doesn’t mean I support the IRA, it doesn’t mean I’m Scottish, it doesn’t mean I’m Catholic. I cant tell if you are joking, but if you are not, then it is people like you that carry on the ‘bad’ part of the Celtic/Rangers rivalry.

      I am not really in the business of blocking anyone on anything but your comments are quite sad in fact.

      • Leazes.

        If you could see your way to getting Jensen to block this idiot you would have the gratitude of most people on here….. I block it but others feed it…and its numerous aliases. i’m sure he’s contravened enough to justify a blanket shut down on his IP…..

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          So people on here are allowed to want me dead and I make a comment about him going to Celtic games not Newcastle and he cannot take it.

        • SuperDesHamilton

          Monkseaton isn’t a troll he’s just mentally unbalanced. He at least brings some sort of delusional opinion. However Leazes & his cronies still ruin every thread with the same old rubbish, people don’t share their opinion & they get bullied off the site

      • Kenny

        He`s a troll

        • 1957

          Who apparently doesn’t know Martin McGuinness died over a year ago

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Only yesterday I had death threats and a host of other comments which were vile to say the least. I take it on the chin. Jonathan needs to get himself to more Newcastle matches not West Ham or Celtic ones and cannot take it when I give him stick .

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        It was directed to the fact that you choose to go to the Celtic match and not the Newcastle Arsenal match a disgrace. I hate both Rangers and Celtic and have no political preferences so you got that wrong again.
        You should be going to all the Newcastle games not West Ham ones
        When I lived in London never missed a home again never mind and away game. Your constant attacks on Newcastle are a disgrace. Yesterday someone on here wanted me dead on here with a post I took it on the chin something you can not do. Your hatred on here for a club knows no bounds.

        • Billmag

          I’ve said this to you before instead of criticising the lad why don’t put your view’s the same as Jonathan has done or can you only do cheap nasty short posts.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            There is no one on here who takes as much stick as me yesterday someone wanted me dead and various other comments which left a lot to be desired. I had a full article published in the Chronicle complete with picture defending Ashley so it’s been done. Have no wish to be one of the writers on here as my views would be to pro club.

          • Billmag

            Why the Chron do you post on the Chron ?? You say you have no wish to do a piece on here, well you do a hell of a lot of posts backing your hero surely a big piece on Ashley would be right up your street, telling everyone of his many successes over the past 11 years.

      • Wor Lass

        Good, dignified response. He`s just winding you up but what you say here is spot on.

      • Superdooperhooper

        He’s a wind up merchant who’ll say anything to get a reaction . He called the SD protesters scum and that they were intimidating pensioners even though I can’t find any reports of this and he said he was in the three bulls at the time so wasn’t there

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          I saw the phot’os in the paper and would not go there anyway as would probably get nicked.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        Monkseaton has plenty of friends….in his head.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          See Celtic lost to a pub team tonight hope he writes an article on how bad they were on the Celtic site but can not see it.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Typical ignorant English attitude that. AEK Athens have done more in the champs league than we have.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I do not support England so wrong there. Jonathon goes on and on how great Celtic are and we are rotten to the core always slagging us of in every article him and Dean Wilkins both poison to our club. Was just making the point his great Celtic are not very good at all.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            You don’t have to support England man haha.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Celtic weren’t that bad to be honest just terrible lapses in concentration for both goals

      • Lord

        Keep up the thoughtful articles, Jonathan, it’s clear that you know a lot more about football – and our team – than a lot of the wind-up merchants on here. Don’t let them put you off.

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        I hope you put as much effort in slagging off Celtic on there website in the morning. European Champions 1967 and getting beat off a pub team how the mighty have fallen. Cannot see you slagging them off Jonathon but I know why.

    • drc74

      SPXNKSTER, FXCK-ITY-DO, SEE YOUVE MOVED ONTO CASUAL RACISM AND STEREOTYPES NOW

    • TheFatController

      This is the PL, not the cup, it’s not really about giving far higher quality opposition a ‘run for their money’

      We’re not Kidderminster Harriers, the plucky underdogs.

    • MrShack66

      Sinking into the realms of idiocy.

  • Foggy

    I’m not sure what the answer is to all of this. A european “super”league financially supported by who the F. knows but they’ll be mega rich? Might be the best thing even though we won’t be in it then we can all get on with our domestic leagues in peace. A salary cap on squads? The EU will kick that out as a restriction of labour and the players would hate it. But I think this is the best idea providing it isn’t Man. City’s budget. Nobody will be willing to implement the changes to save the game as the fans aren’t important any more.

    One thing I do know after a lot of years of watching football. It is nowhere near as entertaining as it was and the players might be fitter, but they are nowhere near as good. Greed is slowly killing the goose that laid the golden egg. It’s only a matter of time before the whole thing implodes. When you are happier to sit on a bench at Man. City rather than actually play then you aren’t a footballer any more. You are rich and have a different slapper on your arm each season though. But you aren’t a footballer. Tick tock.

    • Down Under Mag

      Something has got to give, the way football is at the moment because there are a lot of fans getting sick of it. They can’t do a salary cap (even though I think it is the best option for fair play) because the EU won’t allow it (the sad fact is this all started because of the EU and the Bosman ruling… it put all the power into the hands of players and agents). The financial fair play ruling was meant to stop this but we have all seen this being totally ineffective when PSG can pay 200m for one player and still look to be spending more, Man City spend a fortune and then give themselves a completely insane sponsor deal to ensure they meet the requirements. It is a joke. What’s more the F.A. are happy to make the rich get richer and keep the rest as cannon fodder. It isn’t about who has the crowds now, who has support…fans are the least of anyones concerns. Football has sold its soul for a 10 pieces of silver. It is also crazy how much mediocre players are getting which is the problem in NOT having a salary cap.

      • Martin Rooney

        A salary cap exists in other sports and is perfectly legal as is the transfer window.
        For example if the salary cap is £100m then one player could be paid £99.5m and the rest paid £500k between them.

      • 1957

        There’s a salary cap in Premiership Rugby (around £7m pa I think) so it must be legal. The problem they have is a reluctance to enforce the cap, there have been several high profile cases of it being breached that were investigated but no evidence found.

        I think a salary cap (and paying for all transfers up front) would be a great idea but can you imagine the EPL owners voting for that…or perhaps them and / or the FA having the will to police it and hand out sanctions.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Yes agree there are always ways round a cap like buying someone a house getting a sponsor to buy a car or putting a players brother on the payroll so caps do not work. Man City and P.S.G. must breach the fair play rules at some point.
          Did you see my other post that Russell is a very good friend a top six supporter along with Alex and Steve. He is a gentleman to say the least and he like me has no time for protesters.

          • 1957

            Make teams pay for transfers up front is the way for me, although PSG did delve in the dark arts of accountancy in respect of Neymar to get around FFP, 50% of his ‘fee’ was paid by a staggered repayment loan from the holdng company of PSG rather than the club itself. Illegal I thought , but apparently not to UEFA.

            I did see your post and you’re right Russell is a terrific and a modest person, with a really understanding employer. Me and my grandson sat next to him for a couple of away games about four years ago and he was happy to talk football with a ten year old.

            He didn’t strike me as the protesting type, but at that time he certainly wasn’t a fan of the way Ashley was running the club.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            Before the loyalty system was introduced Russell and his pals used to buy tickets for the home end as no one was guaranteed a ticket for some matches. Then one day John Hall was on the train coming back from a match and when he heard about it introduced a new system which was fair so down to him and his pals the system was changed.

  • Duh

    There’s no prize for spending the most money and no prize for spending the least

    • Kenny

      there`s a thing called the premiership title & Europe fukwit
      Trolll 🐁🤡

      • Duh

        Kn0b

        • Kenny

          Vermin 🐁🤡

      • Ron

        That’s only if you spent, we have things like early cup exits and league fixtures with the Mackems to look forward too, cos we didn’t.

    • TheFatController

      I think spending money just protects you against injuries.

      Lejeune and Yedlin prove that. Lose dummett or Lascelles anytime soon and we won’t think we were quite so smart in the window …

    • FatParosite

      Another blocked ĆȖƝȚ

  • Kenny

    take Lascelles out of that lot & see what you`re left with, a bench player in the top 4 cost more than our whole team, we nee the fat vermin out.

    • Duh

      Kn0bber

      • Kenny

        Back into your hole vermin
        🐁🤡

  • Martin Rooney

    I looked at the natch day squad too and realised that there was £32m of Rafa bought players not in the 18.

  • texfitz

    That table does really hit home about how little ambition our owner has. This is just another season of praying that there’s 3 worse teams than us. Time is running out again to find a buyer. Rafa will likely leave after his contract ends, and our best players will also jump ship. I have no doubt that we will be relegated again soon, maybe not this season, but probably next.

    • TheFatController

      I agree on everything except I don’t think he wants a buyer (now he realises he can’t get £400m)

      He thinks we’ll stay up, pesky Rafa will go, and three years of mid to lower mid table finishes and January/ Sept cup exits under Gordon strachan will follow.

      Good luck with that, Mike…

      • Ron

        MA will go for the jugular it’ll not be Gordon Strachan it’ll be Dennis Wise.

        • FatParosite

          If he wants to clear out the stadium…… yes. I think (errrr everyone thinks) Ashley is a little more cynical than that. FatController is right it will be Strachan because Ashley knows 50,000 would fool themselves in thinking it could be good to have a former international manager at the helm. Ashley is not the only problem….

          • Ron

            We’ve had an England manager in SM and that was a low point. DW seems pally with MA so maybe 2+2 doesn’t always come to 4.

    • Leazes.

      We have a borrowed centre forward to fill the No 9 shirt.

    • Ron

      I think it sums up the owner’s ambition perfectly, 4th bottom so not relegated – another “successful” season in PL.

  • Hughie_Gallacher

    Do the same exercise this Saturday, and probably only Cardiff will have a less expensive team.
    Utterly disgraceful for a club with our support and resources.

  • FatParosite

    If you look at that table and think that is conceivably how it will finish…. if we are lucky.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      You’re fat though so the opinion doesn’t count

    • FatParosite

      Whatever you have written below, it’s not getting through Bishop cretin

  • ghostrider

    I wonder how it would fare with what players in the team are worth at the end of the season.
    If we get relegated then underspending can easily be used.
    As it stands I’d say Newcastle United football club is being run fantastically against nonsensical outlays of clubs that cannot sustain what they are doing in trying to keep up with elite clubs that are almost choreographed in to place and allowed to flout any rules they want to by being allowed to sidestep them.

    Or the best one yet, as in buying expensive players but selling expensive players.
    Like Liverpool paying silly money for a goalkeeper and a defender but offsetting it with Coutinho last season.

    It’s just a game of merry-go-round with these elite clubs, whilst the rest go silly in trying to keep up with them whilst trying their best to appease their fans.
    Ashley’s no idiot or mug and he knows a north east club is in an even worse position than many in terms of attracting genuine footballers of cost who will not use the club as a simple stepping stone and rock the boat in short order.

    If anything I’d we are the most sensible run club out of the lot.