Premier League clubs will spend whatever it takes to get their hands on a striker who can score goals but which clubs have gotten the best return on their outlay?
In the English Premier League we have some of the most dangerous frontmen and elegant finishers in the continent – the likes of Luis Suarez, Sergio Aguero, and Robin van Persie but which top striker has proven to be the best signing economically?
In ascending order, Roberto Soldado was brought to White Hart Lane for £26 million last summer and has so far managed just 5 goals in the league, meaning every goal he has scored so far has cost Spurs £5.2 million.
Fernando Torres cost Chelsea £50 million and has scored just 19 goals in the Premier League for the Blues since January 2011. That equates to a massive £2.63 million per goal scored so far by the Spaniard and certainly the worst value for money.
At present, Alvaro Negredo looks to be a world-beater for Manchester City but he has so far cost the Citizens £1.82 million per goal having scored 9 in the league since moving this summer.
Sergio Aguero, meanwhile, is one of the most dangerous, unstoppable and exciting players we have in England – he has scored 50 league goals since his move to the Etihad in 2011 for £38 million. He scored the goal that won the Blues the title that season but City have effectively spent £760K per goal on the Argentine.
In actuality, whilst Edin Dzeko has generally been behind Aguero in the pecking order for City, the Bosnian has cost City £729K per goal since his move that same year, scoring 37 goals in the Premier League since his £27 million move from the Bundesliga.
Across the other half of Manchester, the Red side, United spent £24 million in the summer of 2012 to bring the Premier League Golden Boot winner that year from the Emirates to Old Trafford. Robin van Persie won the Red Devils the title in sensational style and has scored 35 league goals for the champions so far, costing £685K per goal. During his eight years in North London, the Dutch ace scored 96 goals for the Gunners after signing in 2004 for just £2.75 million. Every goal he scored for Arsenal cost just £28K.
Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge made his move to Merseyside from Stamford Bridge last January for a very reasonable £12 million and, given his form this term, you’d have to say he has been worth every penny – Sturridge has scored 24 goals in the Premier League for the Reds, equating to £500K per goal.
A man that doesn’t often take the plaudits like his predecessor at the Emirates, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been worth his £9.6 million price tag from Ligue 1 in 2012. The Frenchman has scored 21 goals in the league for the current leaders, meaning he cost the frugal Arsene Wenger just £457K per goal so far.
However, Arsenal aren’t the only club with an interest in economy – Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez cost the Saints just £7 million in 2012 and has notched up a tally of 16 league goals so far, working out as £437.5K per goal so far.
Probably the most coveted forward on the continent at present, Luis Suarez cost Liverpool £22.8 million in 2011 from Ajax. He has been nothing short of sensational since he arrived and not without more than his fair share of controversy but the Reds have certainly gotten their money’s worth. The Uruguayan has scored 62 goals in the league, equating to £269K per goal.
Aston Villa target man Christian Benteke cost £7 million from Genk in the summer of 2012 and has scored 26 goals for the Villains since, making every goal also worth £269K so far.
Tottenham may have yet to see a return on their latest signing up front but their £5 million outlay for Emmanuel Adebayor has been something of a bargain. He has scored 27 goals in the league for Spurs (if you include his loan spell tally) meaning he has cost a very reasonable £185K per goal. If you don’t include the loan spell, he has cost a still quite decent £500K per goal, which is about the same value for money as Sturridge.
Manchester United have possessed the most dangerous English centre-forward for the last decade and his name is Wayne Rooney. The No.10 signed from Everton in 2004 for £25.6 million and has since scored a massive 150 league goals for the Red Devils. His price per goal is £170K every time he has scored in the Premier League for United.
Few signings have been better value for money than Swansea forward Michu who took the Premier League by storm last season following his move from Rayo Vallecano for just £2 million. His 20 goals for the Swans have each cost just £100K.
However, Arsenal signed Nicklas Bendtner in 2005 for just £200K and whilst the Dane hasn’t exactly been prolific, he has scored 24 Premier League goals for the Gunners with every goal costing them just £8.3K. Arsenal fans might, however, think that’s still a bit dear.
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