Newcastle were at the top of almost every injury league for last season and there’s news today that injuries cost Newcastle more than any other Premier League club last season – a massive £25.6M.
Mike Ashley – please take note.
The costs of injuries have been worked out from a new formula that has been looked at and accepted by the UEFA Medical Committee.
And for the 20 Premier League club injuries cost a total of £269M last season with Newcastle top of the league with £25.6M followed by Arsenal with a measly £20.2M.
Here’s the list with the months really the number of man-months a player was out injured last season.
Injured Months Cost £M
Newcastle 62 25.6 Arsenal 49 20.2 Everton 47 19.4 Man United 45 18.6 QPR 43 17.7 Aston Villa 38 15.7 Hull City 37 15.7 Stoke City 37 15.3 Liverpool 31 15.3 West Ham 29 12.8 Burnley 29 11.9 Sunderland 26 11.9 Crystal Palace 29 11.9 Southampton 22 10.7 Swansea City 21 9.1 West Brom 21 9.1 Man City 21 8.7 Leicester 18 7.4 Tottenham 16 6.6 Chelsea 14 5.8
Total 653 269.0
On average Premier League clubs lost £13.5M to injuries last season with the Premier League Champions Chelsea being at the bottom of the table with only £5.8M in injury costs.
The full price paid by clubs for an injury every month is detailed in the new formula worked out by Sergei Palkin, who is the CEO of Shakhtar Donetsk.
The total costs include wages, costs of treatment, insurance premiums and of course the estimated money lost by fielding weakened teams over the season in various competitions.
£25.6M is an awful lot of money to lose every season and we assume Mike Ashley or Lee Charnley at the head of the club will step in and initiate a full investigation on why Newcastle are always top of the league with injuries.
However, Paul Simpson last week said the coaching staff were starting to look into that.
It’s worth it for Newcastle to employ (extra) fitness coaches and medics to cut down on the number of injuries every season.
They will have earned their money if they can reduce the costs by say 50% – which in our case is a massive £12.8M.
There’s a top new signing for us right there.