Cost per Goal for the Premier League 2014 Summer Signings

What is the Real Value of the 2014 Premier League Signings?

Now that the Premier League has played a quarter of the season’s scheduled fixtures, we thought it would be an opportune time to examine how the new boys, signed during the summer, are coping.

Summer 2014 was another record spending spree for Premier League clubs, but who is spending their money wisely?

Opinions may vary, but the real currency of the Premier League is goals. So the only way to measure the quality of the business the clubs did during the summer is to analyse the quantity and cost of the goals scored by the new boys.

We took the simple approach; just divide the number of goals scored by each player by his transfer fee. We’re not getting too clever here, if you have been injured, signed for a club that is not in the Champions League, got knocked out early from the League Cup, whatever, tough! All we’re interested in is how many goals you scored and how that reflects against your transfer fee.

International goals are not counted, only goals scored for the club that shelled out the exorbitant transfer fee.

We have not included defenders or goalkeepers in the table, but we may do, if they start scoring significant numbers of goals. We have also excluded any new transfer who has failed to score yet.

We will update the table regularly and the cost per goal will change accordingly. We’ll also probably add some comment on that week’s changes below the table, praising the good and shaming the inadequate.

You can change your view on the table pretty much any way you want. Just click on the column header to sort the table by that column, for example age, club, transfer fee, goals scored etc.

So check back often to see how your favourite players and least favourite clubs are faring

Cost per Goal 2014 Transferees

Cost per Goal
Alexis Sánchez25Arsenal£32,000,00025£1,280,000
Diego Costa25Chelsea£32,000,00021£1,523,810
Romelu Lukaku21Everton£28,000,00020£1,400,000
Graziano Pelle29Southampton£8,000,00016£500,000
Diafra Sakho24West Ham United£4,500,00012£375,000
Gylfi Sigurdsson25Swansea£4,000,0009£444,444
Loic Remy27Chelsea£10,500,0009£1,166,667
Danny Welbeck23Arsenal£16,000,0008£2,000,000
Ander Herrera25Manchester United£28,850,0008£3,606,250
Ayoze Perez21Newcastle United£2,000,0007£285,714
Brown Ideye26West Bromwich Albion£10,000,0007£1,428,571
Shane Long27Southampton£12,000,0007£1,714,286
Adam Lallana26Liverpool£25,000,0006£4,166,667
Fraizer Campbell27Crystal Palace£900,0005£180,000
George Boyd29Burnley£3,000,0005£600,000
Dusan Tadic25Southampton£10,900,0005£2,180,000
Enner Valencia25West Ham United£12,000,0005£2,400,000
Cesc Fàbregas27Chelsea£26,000,0005£5,200,000
Mohamed Diame27Hull City£3,500,0004£875,000
Abel Hernandez24Hull City£10,000,0004£2,500,000
Mario Balotelli24Liverpool£16,000,0004£4,000,000
Radamel Falcao28Manchester United£43,500,0004£10,875,000
Angel Di Maria26Manchester United£59,700,0004£14,925,000
Rickie Lambert32Liverpool£4,000,0003£1,333,333
Emmanuel Riviere24Newcastle United£6,000,0003£2,000,000
Jack Rodwell23Sunderland£10,000,0003£3,333,333
Eric Dier20Tottenham Hotspur£4,000,0002£2,000,000
Alberto Moreno22Liverpool£12,000,0002£6,000,000
Daley Blind24Manchester United£13,800,0002£6,900,000
Daryl Janmaat25Newcastle United£5,000,0001£5,000,000
Emre Can20Liverpool£9,750,0001£9,750,000

Of course you can not really analyse a clubs trading business without including the players that are picked up on loan or for free. But the stats do not compare, any mathematician will tell you, you can’t divide by zero. So we have the loans and free transfers in a separate table. But you can still see who were the real steals from the goals scored column.

Goals by 2014 Free Transfers

Free Transfers
Mame Biram Diouf26Stoke City12
Bafetimbi Gomis29Swansea10
Frank Lampard36Manchester City8
Didier Drogba36Chelsea7
Jordi Gomez29Sunderland6
Esteban Cambiasso34Leicester City5
Victor Moses23Stoke City4
Eduardo Vargas24Queens Park Rangers3
Morgan Amalfitano29West Ham United3
Brede Hangeland33Crystal Palace2
Niko Kranjcar30Queens Park Rangers2
Ryan Bertrand25Southampton2
Marvin Emnes26Swansea2
Joe Cole33Aston Villa1

Positions After 11 Premier League Matches

Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez and Danny Welbeck

So our kick off position after 11 Premier League matches has Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez leading the table with 12 goals at an economical £2.7 million each. But it’s hard to argue that Southampton’s Graziano Pelle is not the bargain buy at this stage. Only three goals behind Sánchez, but at less than £900k each!

Danny Welbeck, the man that Manchester United sold to Arsenal because he did not score enough goals, has picked up five so far, at £3.2 million a piece. While the men that United brought in to replace him and get more goals have only picked up 7 between four of them, at a staggering £21 million per goal.

The cheapest cost per goal comes from Fraizer Campbell of Crystal Palace, who has only scored three goals, but at the bargain basement price of £300k each. Can he be caught in the fire sale?

Positions at the End of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close we take another look at the goal scoring performance of this summer’s transferees.

Half the Premier League fixtures for the season have been played and Alexis Sánchez still tops our table with 15 goals, two more than his nearest rival Diego Costa of Chelsea.

Graziano Pelle is still looking very good value with 11 goals at less than half the price of the two leaders.

Fraizer Campbell of Crystal Palace is still providing the cheapest goals (only £300,000 a pop) but his haul, of only three, is looking pretty slim at this stage of the season.

The good news for Man Utd fans is that Radamel Falcao has doubled his tally. He now has two, at less than £22,000,000 a piece.

Amongst the free transfers the Chelsea pensioners Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard are proving to be shrewd recruits. But Frank should soon be back where he belongs, in New York. Unless the Man City sheiks can do some more fiddling of the rules.

Mame Biram Diouf has stayed level with the old boys, scoring six goals for Stoke. But Samuel Eto’o has not added to his tally since we last checked in.

End of Season Summary

The domestic season is over, the fat lady has sung and all the trophy winners have been decided. So, before the rumour season gets going in earnest, it’s time to weigh up the winners in our new signings competition.

Arsenal’s player of the season, Alexis Sanchez, tops the table in number of goals scored, 25, coupled with the lowest cost per goal of any player who scored 20 or more. He came in at a mere £1,280,000 per goal. What a bargain!

Chelsea’s Spanish striker, Diego Costa, came in second with 21 goals at £1,523,810 a piece, but I guess he can console himself with a Premier League champion’s medal.

Fraizer Campbell of Crystal Palace produced the lowest priced goals, at £180,000 each, but only got 5 of them.

Bottom of the table, cost wise, was Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria, who only managed to hit the back of the net four times, at mammoth cost of £14,925,000 per goal.

Radamel Falcao was reported to have cost United £43,500,000 at the beginning of the season., But it turned out he was only there on loan, at a huge weekly cost. He rarely got a starting berth and also managed only 4 goals. You had better step up in the recruitment choices of you want to do better than 4th next season United.

Loans and Free Transfers

The old boys more than repaid their zero cost transfers. Former Chelsea stars Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba picked up 8 and 7 goals respectively. I wonder what tricks the league’s biggest spenders will pull to get around the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules this off season.

So let us know, in the comments section below, who you think was the best bargain buy of last summer… and who was the worst.

By Max Power

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