Record signing has been superb value for money

Record signing Chris Wood proved one of the Premier League's best value for money strikers last season.

Thursday, 19th July 2018, 4:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th July 2018, 4:42 pm
Chris Wood scores against Leicester City
Chris Wood scores against Leicester City

A 'moneyball' analysis carried out by bookmaker bwin has revealed who were the biggest winners and losers from last season, where clubs spent a record £1.47 billion over the course of the summer.

bwin took into account transfer fees and wages to discover who were the best bargain buys from last summer and who wasted the most money on players who failed to perform or even make the pitch in the 2017/18 season.

The analysis has taken into account minutes played, goals, assists, clean sheets and saves made. Burnley, Wood, who cost a club record £15m from Leeds United, was among the top four strikers in terms of cost per goal.

He finished with 11 goals in all competitions, with 10 in the league, despite missing over two months of the season with injury, and, at just over £1.6m per goal, the New Zealand captain proved one of the top value for money strikers, in a list topped by Wayne Rooney of Everton.

And at the other end, another signing from Leeds, left back Charlie Taylor, cost just £433,333 per clean sheet - the fifth best value for money, in a list topped by Kiko Femenia of Watford.

However, injury and competition for places meant two summer signings were among the five players who topped the list in terms of cost per minutes on the pitch.

Jon Walters cost £69,808 per minute, putting him in the bottom four for value for money, while Nahki Wells was in the bottom three at £71,628 per minute.

Pascal Gross was best value midfielder, better value than Mo Salah (though both were top five!) – Gross' seven goals and eight assists cost Brighton just £284,000, each while Salah's 34 goals and 11 assists cost Liverpool just over £1m each!

Femenia and Cuco Martina were the only signings to cost less than £1,000 per minute – the free transfers played 1,851 and 1,939 minutes respectively

Rooney was the best value striker in the Premier League season – despite being sold to DC United, Rooney's 10 goals cost Everton just £830,000 each

Brighton paid just £50,000 per Mat Ryan save, making him the best value goalkeeper – Ryan made an incredible 125 saves last season

Davy Klaassen has cost Everton over £100,000 per minute – each of Klaassen's 271 minutes cost Everton six figures! He also failed to score or assist all season

Ederson was the worst value goalkeeper in the Premier League last season, despite being widely acknowledged as one of the better performers. Manchester City paid over £700,000 for each of Ederson's 56 saves last year!

Wilfried Bony was more expensive than Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku (but all three are in the bottom five!) – Bony (two goals at £8.2m each) was more expensive than Morata (11 goals at £6.2m each) and Lukaku (16 goals at £5.35m each)

Manchester United paid over £6m for each of Victor Lindelof's five clean sheets.

Kevin Wimmer's solitary clean sheet cost Stoke more than £21m, while Fernando Llorente's solitary Premier League goal cost Tottenham £17.5m.

Injuries mean Manchester City have spent almost £150,000 per minute Benjamin Mendy has been on the pitch – more than any other transfer last season

Leicester City badly need to improve on last summer's signings to replace Riyad Mahrez – Kelechi Iheanacho (thee goals at £9.35m per goal) and Adrien Silva (one assist at £26.21m) are in the worst five signings for strikers and midfielders.