English Premier League – Footballer’s Wages

In a follow-up to “The Cost of Success: English Premier League,” where we saw that to a certain extent, that spending has brought clubs more success (i.e., higher positions in the league table), but spending more money on transfers didn’t necessarily reflect all the causes for success.


  • We can use the wages paid to all players over five seasons and compare it to the number of points accumulated over five seasons.
  • The assumption is that wages would reflect players’ skills and contributions and take into account contributions made by players not brought in that five year period.
  • The champions are awarded 20 points, runners-up 19 and so on, the team that finishes in the bottom gets 1.
  • The ★ indicates teams that are in “Top Four,” the four teams that consistently finished in the top four between 2005-2009.

Do wages reflect performance better?

  • There’s a clearer relationship between wages and points than transfer spending and points.
  • The teams who have a higher total wage payroll have more points.
  • The “Top Four” teams have the four highest wage spending and have the highest number of points.

Footballer's Wages


  • Players aren’t the only cause of success; managers could’ve gotten better performances from lower-wage players.
  • If teams get relegated, they start in the lower league, where they could perform better.
  • There could be a time lag between spending and success.
  • Wages don’t necessarily reflect how well the player has played.

Source: Deloitte Money League

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