With a wide array of superstar signings in football on a bi-annual basis, it’s easy to get swept away with excitement when your latest midfield linchpin signs on the dotted line. But, is it worth spending 10’s of millions on the latest Brazilian prodigy when a Championship stalwart will give you the same return? We find out how much a Premier League goal really costs.
To work out the cost of a Premier League goal for each team in the 16/17, we took the combined total of each teams reported squad value and total wage bill and divided it by the number of goals the team scored. Our data shows that Manchester United paid a staggering £12.9m per goal in a season in which they scored a total of 54 goals. The team who have been the most efficient when it comes to their cost per goal ratio are Hull City, spending £2.19m per goal. However, this wasn’t enough to save them from getting relegated to the Championship.
We also compared the cost of a Premier League point in the 16/17 season by dividing each teams squad value and reported wage bill by the points they earned in the season. What are figures show is that Manchester United paid the most per point, spending a staggering £10.1m. This was closely followed by Manchester City, as they spend an average of £9.3m per Premier League point. However, this spending didn’t help them claim the coveted Premier League crown as it was Chelsea who lifted the trophy, spending an average of £6m per point.
Our research also shows that Southampton fans forked out the most in the Premier League to watch their team score at home, paying an average of £31.82 per goal. This is in stark contrast to Manchester City; whose low season ticket prices and free scoring team meant that home fans only had to pay £8.08 to see their team score.
Here are the cost of a goal for top clubs in Premier League.