Signing season is well underway in the Premier League, with clubs up and down the table looking to improve their squads ahead of the new campaign.
But a look back to last summer, where the top 50 signings by Premier League clubs totalled £957,400,000 at an average of £19,148,000, shows just how hit and miss teams can be in the transfer market.
Research conducted by MyVoucherCodes.co.uk shows those new signings played just 52 per cent of the time during the Premier League season – the equivalent of 19 games and 66 minutes.
Each of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Premier League goals cost Manchester United £672,941
Manchester City’s John Stones was statistically the worst defensive signing of last season
Those dipping into the market this summer will certainly be hoping for more.
While Tottenham enjoyed an impressive season which saw them finish second in the Premier League, the analysis of their summer transfer business is less than pretty. Victor Wanyama aside, who became a vital member of the side following his £9million move from Southampton, the rest of Mauricio Pochettino’s purchases are statistical flops.
Vincent Janssen’s two Premier League goals cost Spurs £10,310,000 each, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou was only on the pitch for a total of 49 minutes all season and the club paid £17,080,000 per goal, assist and big chance created by Moussa Sissoko. A total of £58million was spent on the trio and yet they made 15 starts between them.
Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur cost his club £17,080,000 per major contribution
TOP FIVE STRIKERS: COST PER GOAL
1. Fernando Llorente (Swansea) – £593,333
2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – £672,941
3. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) – £2,216,000
4. Andre Ayew (West Ham) – £4,110,000
5. Islam Slimani (Leicester) – £4,880,000
Manchester United opted against renewing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract despite a return of 17 Premier League goals for the incredibly highly-paid free agent, but the Swede’s effort was not the best of any striker picked up by a Premier League club last summer.
That honour goes to Swansea’s Spanish forward Fernando Llorente, who at £593,333 beats Ibrahimovic (£672,941) in the value for money stakes. Those two came in well ahead of Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace (£2,216,000) and Andre Ayew of West Ham (£4,110,000).
At the other end of the goalscoring table, Lucas Perez cost Arsenal £20,640,000 for his one Premier League goal, while Swansea were less successful with the recruitment of Borja Baston, whose solitary top-flight strike cost the Welsh club £17,840,000.
Swansea striker Fernando Llorente was the best forward signing in terms of value for money
At the other end of the field, the research does not read well for Manchester City and John Stones. The England international cost £47.5million and is paid £100,000 a week, with those figures combining to cost City an eye-watering £292,777.80 per tackle, interception and clearance over the course of the Premier League season, making him the worst value for money defender.
Liverpool’s Joel Matip, a free transfer from Schalke, was the best value for money defender in the Premier League – costing only £21,052.60 per tackle, interception and clearance. The Cameroon international led the Reds to nine clean sheets and a Champions League place.
Premier League clubs spent almost £600million chasing midfielders with flair, creativity and attacking intent from all four corners of the globe last summer. However, statistics show that they should have looked much closer to home, with four of the top five value for money creative midfielders coming from the UK.
Joel Matip, a free transfer from Schalke, was the best value for money defensive signing
WORST DEFENDERS: (COST PER TACKLE + INTERCEPTION + CLEARANCE)
1. John Stones (Manchester City) – £292,777.80
2. Shkodran Mustafi (Arsenal) – £161,959.20
3. Eric Bailly (Manchester United) – £138,861.80
Perhaps surprisingly, West Brom’s Matt Phillips was the best value for money, scoring four goals, producing eight assists and creating a further eight big chances at a cost of only £366,000 each.
England’s Nathan Redmond was second with seven goals, one assist and six big chances costing £915,714.30. Nacer Chadli was third at £991,250 per goal, assist and big chance created, while Joe Allen and Andros Townsend rounded off the top five.
Middlesbrough were relegated from the top flight but had the best return on their new signings, with Marten de Roon providing the best cost per minute at £5,070.22, while the worst was Leicester City, with Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa and Nampalys Mendy costing the Foxes £29,969.66 a minute.
West Brom made an under the radar signing in Matt Phillips, who then impressed