September 11, 2018

EPL CORNER KICKS: Who’s the best bargain in the Prem?

by Dan Bilicki In: Soccer

So often during the transfer window, we here about the biggest stars going for the biggest sums of money we’ve ever seen.

But rarely do we hear about the small deals for veterans; the smart deals that really help a team on the margins.

It’s rare to hear about the big-money players becoming great values for what they cost and for what the players make in salary.

So just who was the best value in the Premier League last season? The folks at Ladbrokes broke it down and it’s not someone you’d expect: Glenn Murray.

The Brighton striker potted 12 league goals last season while pocketing a salary of 1.56 million GBP. That translates to a goal cost of 97,500 pounds per goal, roughly 11,000 pounds than the next best, Burnley’s Ashley Barnes.

In case you were wondering, Mohamed Salah, who broke the single-season scoring record with 32 goals, had a cost per goal of 146,250 pounds thanks to his 6.2 million salary. Harry Kane was a bit more profitable at 130k per goal, with 30 goals and a 5.2 million salary.

Murray, as you may recall, scored two goals last week in the Seagulls 2-2 draw with Fulham. It’s also surprising to learn that only seven players have more league goals than Murray since the start of last season.

It’s players like the 34-year-old that allow smaller clubs like Albion to survive in the Premier League. Having a bargain-basement striker that produces allows it to invest elsewhere.

Now only if the Seagulls could find 10 more players as efficient as Murray, they wouldn’t be mired in the relegation battle for most of the season.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Let’s just get this straight: Danny Welbeck’s disallowed goal was the right call, no matter what Kane believes. It was a foul and shouldn’t have counted. Maybe old ‘Arry should brush up on the rulebook about goalkeeper possession … James Milner reached 80 Premier League assists last week, tying him with David Beckham for seventh since they started keeping track of the stat in the early 90s. It’s crazy to think how underappreciated a player like Milner is and how he continues to do plenty of good work in one of the EPL’s team sides … Since Aleksander Mitrovic’s Fulham debut in February, no player has scored more goals in the top four tiers of English football with 16. But while we would quip that Newcastle could’ve really used him, he wasn’t a fit with the squad. The striker even admitted so himself, saying he would be too tired from all of the running tracking back he’d have to do under manager Rafa Benitez … Watford’s win over Spurs last week was its first in Premier League play … Lucas has been named player of the month for August and he’s quite deserving. It’s pretty weird that Tottenham players seem to win the award more often than not, but the club is never contending for first in the league … In some awful news for Spurs, goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris had more than double the allowed amount of alcohol on his breath when busted for DUI a few weeks ago. He’ll be needing some rides to training, we think … Luke Shaw was knocked out cold in England’s game against Spain, but has tweeted that he’ll be OK. It was scary stuff, seeing the oft-injured left back down for so long … For the first time in since the Stadium of Light opened 29 years ago, a Sunderland keeper saved a penalty on Saturday.

THE LAST WORD

Think that West Ham is thinking about sacking Manuel Pellegrini after starting the season pointless after four games? It would be an extremely costly move due to some idiocy from team management.

When signing the Argentine manager to a three-year contract over the summer to replace David Moyes, the big bosses or their lawyers forgot to put in a termination clause.

That means that the former Man City boss would make the full amount of his 15-million pound deal if he were to be sacked.

Yikes.

If the Irons do eventually want to get rid of Pellegrini, we’re sure that something could be worked out with the Premier League winner. But after learning what it could cost the team, we think that ownership is certainly going to give him more time to work things out.

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