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Report: Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday greatest losers in League One for player profit

Players such as Didier Ndong have contributed to Sunderland featuring so prominently in our study
Players such as Didier Ndong have contributed to Sunderland featuring so prominently in our study

After our intense inspections into the Premier League and Championship, BettingOdds has now examined every single transfer since summer 2017 - nearly 1500! - to calculate which current (2021/22 season) League One club has generated the greatest profit from players sold to the price they were originally bought at. Academy players brought through the individual system have also been considered. When the figure is too small, the number has been rounded to the nearest £10k.

Oxford United tops the list of current League One clubs for profit from player sales in recent years. The Us have sold players since summer 2017 for a total of £11.64m, from an initial outlay of just £1.06m, for a total profit of £10.58m. Accrington Stanley, however, have, unsurprisingly, the greatest profit percentage, with an astonishing 33,570% increase on the value of players sold, for £3.37m from a mere £0.01m purchase.

On the other hand, recent inductees into the division Sheffield Wednesday are propping up the rest of the list, having sold just £7.04m worth of player since summer 2017 from an original expenditure of £37.37m, leading them to the lowest profit percentage of any current League One club in this aspect, with -81.15%. In total Sunderland have the greatest overall loss, of £61.00m, having sold just £53.25m of player during this time from an original £114.25m purchase price.

The results were compiled from data provided by the EFL and Transfermarkt.

League One Profit

Greatest Profit From Transfers By Current League One Club (Players Sold Since 2017)

(Individual Players Sold To Price They Were Bought)

1. Oxford United £11.64m £1.06m £10.58m
2. Ipswich Town £13.64m £6.74m £6.90m
3. Portsmouth £6.44m £0.37m £6.07m
4. Charlton Athletic £8.67m £4.52m £4.15m
5. Accrington Stanley £3.37m £0.01m £3.36m

Greatest Loss From Transfers By Current League One Club (Players Sold Since 2017)

(Individual Players Sold To Price They Were Bought)

club sold for bought for loss
1. Sunderland £53.25m £114.25m -£61.00m
2. Sheffield Wednesday £7.04m £37.37m -£30.33m
3. Wigan Athletic £15.39m £19.95m -£4.56m
4. Fleetwood Town £0.62m £0.86m -£0.24m
5. Shrewsbury Town £0.12m £0.01m -£0.11m
League One Odds

Profit Percentage On Players Sold (2017 -)

club sold for bought for profit profit percentage
1. Accrington Stanley £3.37m £0.01m £3.36m 33,570%
2. Doncaster Rovers £3.03m £0.01m £3.02m 30,200%
3. Crewe Alexandra £1.48m £0.01m £1.47m 14,710%
4. MK Dons £1.31m £0.01m £1.30m 13,040%
5. Cheltenham Town £1.13m £0.01m £1.12m 11,200%
6. Wycombe Wanderers £0.78m £0.01m £0.77m 7730%
7. Gillingham £0.77m £0.01m £0.76m 7750%
8. Plymouth Argyle £0.50m £0.01m £0.49m 4940%
9. AFC Wimbledon £0.36m £0.01m £0.35m 3460%
10. Cambridge United £0.32m £0.01m £0.31m 3050%
11. Morecambe FC £0.21m £0.01m £0.20m 2020%
12. Portsmouth £6.44m £0.37m £6.07m 1663.01%
13. Shrewsbury Town £0.12m £0.01m £0.11m 1070%
14. Oxford United £11.64m £1.06m £10.58m 1000.38%
15. Lincoln City £0.77m £0.10m £0.67m 672.72%
16. Rotherham United £5.23m £2.10m £3.13m 149.29%
17. Ipswich Town £13.64m £6.74m £6.90m 102.28%
18. Charlton Athletic £8.67m £4.52m £4.15m 91.64%
19. Burton Albion £2.12m £1.24m £0.88m 70.65%
20. Bolton Wanderers £6.20m £4.12m £2.07m 50.30%
21. Wigan Athletic £15.39m £19.95m -£4.56m -22.86%
22. Fleetwood Town £0.62m £0.86m -£0.24m -27.79%
23. Sunderland £53.25m £114.25m -£61m -53.39%
24. Sheffield Wednesday £7.04m £37.37m -£30.33m -81.15%


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