Top 20 Most Expensive EPL Non-Starters: Kieron’s not so Dyer situation

The English Premiership’s most costly bench-warmers have been revealed today in a new list published by football scouting website IMScouting.com. The list gives a “Cost per game” value for each club’s top benchwarmer, i.e. a ratio of the player’s salary divided by the number of games played since August 2007. Unsurprisingly, the kings of injuries (Man Utd’s Gary Neville, Man City’s Valeri Bojinov, and Newcastle’s Kieron Dyer at the top) reign supreme.

If you recall, this list is somewhat similar to the one done by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport about a year ago (see The 10 Most Expensive Benchwarmers of 2007-08 here on SL), except they didn’t use salary but transfer fees in order to make their ranking.



For the English Premiership, heading the league is West Ham’s injury-prone Kieron Dyer, who having played no more than two Premiership games since August 2007 has cost the Hammers an estimated £1,100,000 per game. Wow.

He is closely followed by Manchester United’s Gary Neville, who is only now returning to first team action following a succession of long-term injuries. Since the start of last season, Neville has played just four Premiership matches for the Premier League Champions, putting his estimated cost per game at £840,000.

Manchester City fans won’t be surprised to see the unfortunate Valeri Bojinov as their club’s most costly non-performer. Since signing for the Eastlands club in the summer of 2007, Bojinov has played a mere four games due to injury, putting his cost to City at an estimated £480,000 per game.

Other high profile names on the list include Tottenham’s perennially-crocked Ledley King, costing an estimated £285,000 per game since last August, and Chelsea’s Carlo Cudicini, who has cost his club an estimated £225,000 per game over the last season. Pretty expensive for a back-up keeper right? Then again, if you’re Roman Abramovich you can afford it…

Everton supporters will be hoping that Louis Saha starts delivering more value for money than his estimated current £67,000 per game, whilst Sunderland manager Roy Keane may start wondering if his old friend Dwight Yorke has been worth an estimated £58,000 per game since joining the Black Cats.


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As mentioned, IMScouting.com (football’s largest new database for football professionals and fans around the world) created the list by calculating the ratio of estimated salary against Premiership games played amongst players at each top flight club since August 2007. At the time this article published, that was a period of roughly 46 weeks.

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Premier League’s Most Expensive Non-Starters
Player Team
Games played
Weekly Salary (£)
Cost per game (£)
Kieron Dyer West Ham
2
47,500
1,100,000
Gary Neville Man Utd
4
70,000
840,000
Valeri Bojinov Man City
4
40,000
480,000
Ledley King Spurs
8
47,500
285,000
Carlo Cudicini Chelsea
10
47,000
225,000
Heider Helguson Bolton
7
24,000
165,000
Steven Sidwell Aston Villa
15
44,500
142,000
Tomas Rosicky Arsenal
18
47,500
127,000
Mark Viduka Newcastle
26
55,500
103,000
David Nugent Portsmouth
15
32,000
102,000
Jermaine Pennant Liverpool
19
40,000
101,000
Henri Camara Wigan
14
24,000
83,000
Julio Arca Middlesbrough
24
40,000
80,000
Luke Moore WBA
13
20,000
74,000
Louis Saha Everton
20
28,000
67,000
Benni McCarthy Blackburn
30
40,000
64,000
Dwight Yorke Sunderland
20
24,000
58,000
Jimmy Bullard Fulham
23
28,000
58,000
Marlon King Hull City
21
25,000
57,000
Salif Diao Stoke City
14
16,000
55,000

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The full list of the Premiership’s costliest bench-warmers, and much more can be found at www.imscouting.com.

Marco Pantanella is the Author & Editor of the mCalcio blog.

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