Spurs wage bill closer to Burnley’s than Arsenal’s

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Dom Le Roy

According to ESPN Spurs spent significantly less on wages than the rest of the Premier League top six last season, with an amount spent being closer Burnley’s than Arsenal’s

Although our wage bill rose to £127 million for the year ending June 30, 2017, up from £100m in the previous year, it was still significantly lower than Arsenal’s £199m and less than half that of Manchester United (£264m), who had the highest in the Premier League.

The article adds that Burnley, who were promoted in the 2015-16 season, had the lowest wage bill in the Premier League last season at £61m with Spurs spending £66m more than Burnley, but £72m less than Arsenal.

Our &27m rise followed a plethora of new long-term contracts for the majority of the first-team squad, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen, while chairman Daniel Levy’s pay rose from £2.8m in 2015-16 to £6m last season due to bonuses and a remuneration committee review.

Unsurprisingly Manchester City and Manchester United lead the way (£264m) with last season’s champions Chelsea having a total bill of £220m, while Liverpool’s was £208m.

Spurs’ rigid wage structure and the club’s hardball stance has led to a breakdown in contract talks with centre-half Toby Alderweireld over his demands for a long-term contract worth more than £160,000-a-week with our best-paid player being Harry Kane, who earns roughly £100,000-a-week with significant performance-related bonuses worth up to an additional £50,000-per-week.

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  1. Does this include bonuses? Less a case of our rigid wage structure as all those above hosing money down the drain. These figures probably include Ibrahimovitch and Rooney who cost Man U an annualised £36m+.

    I expect to see the Spurs figure to rise again this season. Still I wouldn’t mind a 27% pay rise.

  2. This problem with wages ain’t going away are we going to keep losing our top players when they go looking for wage increases to match the top players of other clubs. Vertoghen,eriksen, alli, Kane, son, dembele can not be sold

  3. Hopefully Spurs will up the wage structure and make it more market relevant to peer group. Else retaining the core beyond another season will be impossible. Higher revenues from larger stadium and Champions League and NFL tie up on sliding ground, smarter merchandising and better sponsors will come just as this year revenues increased from 200 to 300 million. Selling Alderweireld, Dembelle, Lamella,Rose will be unfortunately inevitable. But the key is can we get great young signings who will realise their potential like, in the past, Bale and Kane and Alli have done, even as we retain the core of Lloris, Jan, Sanchez, Dier, Winks, Wanyama, Trippier, Davis, Eriksen, Alli, Kane, Son. Then some smart signings like Eriksen, Sanchez or Son from the past needs to be added. Sessegnon is a good start.

  4. I just wonder how many top player go before Mauricio decides to pull d plug. I sincerely hope it won’t happen but the club can’t keep letting d best players go.

  5. Too much emphasis on money paid out by Spurs.
    Based on revenue and after tax profit, Spurs should not be higher payers than any of the other top 6 clubs.
    It is not as if we have lost a lot of players. We have continued on trucking even when we have.

  6. Just goes to show how many players are being Overpaid at the other “Top” 6 clubs. Kyle “mistake” Walker really worth 150k per week? Sanchez worth 500k p/w at Utd? it’s obscene and then some of you morons complain about the ticket prices! Huge wages are only being paid because the backers at the clubs can “currently” afford it. Are most of the players on huge wages worth the cost, perhaps only a few at each club, the rest use the criteria to bargain for bigger wages. Anyway Spurs pay the biggest bonuses in the EPL and without knowing the figure involved the base wage is just That! a starting point. Funnily enough there are only a couple of Spurs players angling for huge money. Toby A and Danny R are on set money, giving them another 100k p/w doesn’t mean they’ll improve by 100k’s worth.


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