By Sir Hardly Anyone
As we know Arsenal has the youngest set of first team players in the League. But who has the costliest?
The Football Observatory has just produced a chart showing how much each team in the Premier League is currently worth. So it is not recording how much each club’s players cost, but rather how much they are currently worth on the open market, according to the Observatory’s estimations.
Obviously all estimations are a spot of guesswork because for any sale you need a club willing to sell and a club willing to buy, but nevertheless it is I think quite an interesting analysis. Here are the clubs at the top of the list, and it is in fact a list of the big six. We are sitting in sixth.
- Manchester City: 1280 €M
Manchester United: 1214 €M
Chelsea: 946 €M
Liverpool: 868 €M
Tottenham Hotspur: 568 €M
Arsenal: 563 €M
On this basis the Arsenal squad is worth just 44% of the Manchester City squad, and 46% of the Manchester United squad. But Arsenal have a points total that is 71% of the Manchester City total so buying players to get more points (which is obviously why they are bought) is not as simple as those who demand that we buy, buy, buy would like to suggest. On this basis
But I wondered, does spending equal points.
To work this out I thought I would note the value from the Football Observatory of each team in the Premier League, and then look at the number of points the club has gained this season, and so be able to divide one into the other to see how much each point has cost the club.
Then as a concluding thought I have worked out where each club would stand in an efficiency chart by working out the position each club would have in a cost per point league.
Thus a club with 10 points which had spent €M50 would have spent €M5 per point. The lower dpwm the table each club is in the “cost per point” position table at the end, the more efficient its spending has been.
Therefore every point Brentford has got has cost thus far 1 million euros while every point we have got this season has cost 12 million euros.
We can also see if the amount spent does relate to position through the fourth column: €M Exp pos. Chelsea, who are top of the league spent the third most amount of money, Liverpool who are second spent the fourth largest amount
Exp pos is the position in a league table based on value of the players
Cost per point: The value of the squad divided by the number of points. The lower this figure the more efficient the club’s work in the transfer market – although of course this figure will change over time depending on how well the new players settle in.
Cost per point league position: How efficient the club has been. Brentford are top as each point has cost them under 13 million euuros, compared with Arsenal where the cost per point is over 56 million euros.
|Lge pos||Team||Pts||€M Exp pos||Value €M||Cost per point €M||Cost per point league position|
|6||Brighton and Hove Albion||14||14||232||16.57||2|
|9||West Ham United||11||8||337||30.63||6|
The winners at the moment are clearly Brentford, Everton and Brighton, all having spent lower amounts of money but achieving at the moment higher positions in the league.
The other measure used here is how much each point gained in the league this season has cost the club. Obviously this value will go down as the season progresses and teams get more points.
Brentford as we might have guessed are clearly the most efficient club at the moment spending just €M12.75 per point. The least efficient is Norwich City, whose position is harmed by having only one point. Had they gained two points they would leap up to 16th with one point €M62.
But leaving Norwich City aside the most profligate club at present is Manchester City who have spent 91.42 million euros for each point gained.
Arsenal are 12th in this regard having spent 56.3 million euros per point gained.
Now obviously as more points are scored but no more players are bought (at least until after Christmas) the cost per point goes down but this snapshot gives an idea of who might be feeling pleased with themselves thus far.
There is another issue revealed here as well. There is an eternal call for Arsenal to buy more players, despite the fact that as we have seen across the years, not all players repay their value in the squad.
Arsenal spent the sixth largest amount of money last summer, but are 11th in the league.
But that may not mean the club was a total failure in the transfer market. Arsenal bought young players, giving us, as we recently noted, the youngest playing XI in most games this season. That suggests the players’ values will increase, whereas clubs that buy players aged say 28 or above, will probably see their value decline.
Also of course Arsenal probably won’t sell these players, and so the chances of success will increase.
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