Tottenham Hotspur have been proven as the exception to the rule that spending doesn’t equal success with new research showing their agent spending is drastically lower than their Premier League rivals.
Their notoriously frugal spending resulted in agent spend of just £93,164 per point as they secured automatic Champions League qualification once again. After becoming the first team in Premier League history to make zero signings during the summer transfer window, the North London team look set to reduce this total further still in 2018-19.
The North London side spent £7,173,667 on agents in the 2017/18 season, the 8thlowest in the entire Premier League. Even Swansea City, who were relegated back to the championship, spent more on agents than Spurs.
Analysis of Premier League agent spending data for 2017-18 carried out by Betting.Net showed that clubs forked out an average of £193,970 on agents for every point earned during the league campaign.
Chelsea were the worst culprits, spending £25,143,786 on agents despite finishing outside the top 4 – which equated to £359,196 per point. Their total spend was second only to Liverpool’s £26,793,503, but the Reds’ investment was enough to secure fourth spot, with £357,246 per point.
Manchester City’s marquee line-up meant they spent big on agents, forking out £23,475,309, but their record-breaking 100 points meant the eventual champions only spent £234,753 per point.
|Agent spending table||Final league table||Points||Cost per point||Notes|
|£26,793,503||LIVERPOOL||MANCHESTER CITY||100||£234,753.09||Champions League|
|£25,143,786||CHELSEA||MANCHESTER UNITED||81||£222,249.30||Champions League|
|£23,475,309||MANCHESTER CITY||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR||77||£93,164.51||Champions League|
|£18,002,193||MANCHESTER UNITED||LIVERPOOL||75||£357,246.71||Champions League|
|£8,387,694||WEST HAM UNITED||LEICESTER CITY||47||£211,032.55|
|£7,409,760||NEWCASTLE UNITED||CRYSTAL PALACE||44||£140,309.59|
|£7,317,716||SWANSEA CITY||AFC BOURNEMOUTH||44||£175,772.45|
|£7,173,667||TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR||WEST HAM UNITED||42||£199,707.00|
|£6,241,527||STOKE CITY||BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION||40||£110,383.13|
|£6,173,622||CRYSTAL PALACE||HUDDERSFIELD TOWN||37||£66,643.65|
|£4,754,226||WEST BROMWICH ALBION||SOUTHAMPTON||36||£174,911.22|
|£4,415,325||BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION||SWANSEA CITY||33||£221,748.97||Relegated|
|£2,465,815||HUDDERSFIELD TOWN||WEST BROMWICH ALBION||31||£153,362.13||Relegated|
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