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Report: Much-Beloved Chelsea Player Has Cost A Club-High £10M From Missing Premier League Clashes

To be honest, Chelsea can afford it!
To be honest, Chelsea can afford it!

Continuing our injury/salary study series, following examinations of footballing leviathans Manchester United and Liverpool, BettingOdds.com casts their beady eye on the extremely in-form Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel’s Blues are flying, with the Champions League holders looking a good bet to retain Old Big Ears and go the distance in the Premier League title race. 

However, there are a few injury concerns for Chelsea, with Ben Chilwell limping off after suffering a knee injury in the 4-0 walloping of Juventus at Stamford Bridge in their penultimate UCL group stage game, to join Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic and N'Golo Kanté in the physio room heading towards the end of November.

Based on the players’ salaries per week and Premier League matches in which they have not participated, BettingOdds.com has calculated how much Chelsea have paid their players through absences and injuries since the 2015/16 season. 

Somewhat surprisingly, though he collects plaudits the way other people collect stamps, the list through total games missed during their time at the club is topped by none other than their diminutive defensive midfielder N'Golo Kanté. The Frenchman, with seemingly more limbs than Squiddly Diddly, has missed a total of 37 possible Premier League games since his move to the capital in 2016 and based on his estimated weekly salary, this accumulated absence has cost Chelsea a significant sum of £9,540,000. Take a look who joins Kanté on the list below.

The results have been compiled into the following categories:

  • TOTAL Losses Through Premier League Games Missed
  • TOTAL Losses Through Premier League Games Missed Through Injury/Fitness
  • Percentage of Missed Games through Injury (More than 10 missed Premier League matches)


  • The results were compiled from data provided by the EPL and Transfermarkt, with additional info from Spotrac and SalarySport;
  • The results focus on the Premier League only;
  • Goalkeepers have also been included in the study;
  • Players’ salaries have been considered per season, per player, since 2015/16.
Premier League Betting
Chelsea Cost

TOTAL Losses Through Premier League Games Missed

(2015/16 - )

player total premier league games missed total chelsea losses
1. N'Golo Kanté 37 £9,540,000
2. Kepa Arrizabalaga 49 £7,595,000
3. Danny Drinkwater 61 £7,320,000
4. Marcos Alonso 67 £6,610,000
5. John Terry 43 £6,450,000
6. Gary Cahill 63 £6,300,000
7. Andreas Christensen 83 £6,145,000
8. Olivier Giroud 53 £5,890,000
9. Antonio Rüdiger 54 £5,400,000
10. Willy Caballero 141 £5,290,000

TOTAL Losses Through Premier League Games Missed Through Injury/Fitness

(2015/16 - )

player total premier league games missed through injury/fitness total CHELSEA losses
1. N'Golo Kanté 26 £6,860,000
2. Christian Pulisic 24 £3,600,000
3. Danny Drinkwater 29 £3,480,000
4. Eden Hazard 12 £2,700,000
5. David Luiz 21 £2,520,000
6. Ross Barkley 33 £2,111,540
7. Gary Cahill 20 £2,000,000
8. Callum Hudson-Odoi 17 £1,770,000
9. Antonio Rüdiger 17 £1,700,000
10. Cesc Fàbregas 10 £1,560,000
Premier League stats

Percentage of Missed Games through Injury (More than 10 missed Premier League matches)

1. Eden Hazard 14 12 85.71%
2. Christian Pulisic 33 24 72.73%
3. N'Golo Kanté 37 26 70.72%
4. David Luiz 31 21 67.74%
5. Thibaut Courtois 20 13 65.00%
6. Álvaro Morata 14 9 64.29%
7. Reece James 23 12 52.17%
8. Danny Drinkwater 61 29 47.54%
9. Ross Barkley 72 33 45.83%
10. Victor Moses 14 6 42.86%
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