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:
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.)
You can follow the author on Twitter @JonathanComyn