Crystal Palace have struggled for goals all season long, and with the campaign now reaching its closing stages, The Express have given a detailed breakdown of how much each Premier League team’s top scorer has cost them per goal since August.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Tottenham’s Harry Kane comes in as the most economical goalscorer in the division, costing just £54,000 per strike, but with Pochettino and co. likely to reward the academy graduate with a new bumper contract in the not too distant future, you could feasibly suggest that his current pay packet of £35,000 a week isn’t representative of his true market value at the time of writing.
At the very top of the list is Chelsea frontman Diego Costa, whose eye-watering current deal sees him taking home £185,000 every week, meaning that his 11 league goals so far this term average out to an astronomical £571,000 per goal. Following on from the news yesterday that Antonio Conte’s no-nonsense approach to management will be implemented at Stamford Bridge for the 2016/17 season, you would assume that Costa will need to improve his return next year if he plans on committing to the Blues for the foreseeable future.
As I’m sure you’re all well aware, Connor Wickham is Palace’s representative in the league table of wages-per-goal, with his five strikes the joint lowest in the division alongside Aston Villa’s Rudy Gestede, Norwich City’s Nathan Redmond and Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, but with the former Sunderland striker having arrived at Selhurst Park in the summer in a big money deal, his place on the ladder is well above his three counterparts.
Whilst no one of a red and blue persuasion needs it spelling out to them, the research gathered by The Express above proves beyond all doubt that Palace need to dramatically improve their goal return next season if they are to be a real force under the guidance of Alan Pardew.
As a side note, take a look at the money Stoke City have managed to sign Marko Arnautovic on in comparison to his goal record. A stunning piece of business from the people behind the scenes at The Britannia Stadium.