The club’s current wage bill has increased over the past year but still lags behind most of the teams in the Premier League, according to new statistics.
Data published by Sporting Intelligence’s 2019 Global Sports Salaries Survey (GSSS) shows that our wage bill now stands at £2.1million a week – a figure which places us 13th in the Premier League table overall.
Our average first-team wage has risen from £31,733 to £40,120, with the increase due to the summer transfer activity with the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Emile Krafth and Andy Carroll joining the club.
Premier League first team wage bills*
- Manchester City £7m
- Manchester United £6.1m
- Liverpool £5.5m
- Arsenal £4.8m
- Chelsea £4.8m
- Everton £4.1m
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Leicester City £3.4m
- West Ham £3.0m
- Crystal Palace £2.9m
- Southampton £2.3m
- Wolverhampton £2.2m
- Newcastle £2.1m
- Watford £2.0m
- Aston Villa £2.0m
- Bournemouth £1.9m
- Burnley £1.9m
- Brighton £1.8m
- Norwich City £1.0m
- Sheffield United £0.7m
*All information from the Global Sports Salaries Survey*
It is unknown whether the figures of January arrivals Danny Rose, Nabil Bentaleb and Valentino Lazaro are included in the total.
As we currently sit 13th in the Premier League table, you could argue that we are exactly where we deserve to be – but it shows our level of ambition has somewhat stalled since Mike Ashley’s arrival, with the likes of Wolves, Southampton and Palace shelling out more.
We aren’t overachieving but we are stable and have a wage bill that matches our league position.
If you fancy a little chuckle just look at the likes of West Ham and Man United – who are totally underachieving considering the investment they have made in their squads.
That being said, we still have room to further expand our wage bill if we wanted to. There are still a lot of ‘clingers on’ at Newcastle who are picking up a cushy wage but not really doing anything worthwhile on the pitch.
The likes of Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Yoshinori Muto and Henri Saviet are still picking up a decent wage at the club despite doing very little for our cause.
With contracts expiring, some of these will move on in the summer, helping to free up space for someone who wants to wear that black-and-white shirt.