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Report: The Most Profitable Playing Positions In The Premier League

Jack Grealish's record-setting sale to Manchester City features prominently in our new study
Jack Grealish's record-setting sale to Manchester City features prominently in our new study

BettingOdds has examined every single transfer since summer 2017 to calculate which current (2021/22 season) Premier League 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. Total sales in this study period by current Premier League clubs have amounted to a sensational £3,545,204,000, from on original total expenditure on said sold players standing at £3,439,774,000.

The findings have been organised into the following categories:

  • Greatest Profit By Playing Position From Transfers By Current Premier League Club
  • Greatest Profit Per Player By Playing Position From Transfers By Current Premier League Club
  • Greatest Player Profit XI From Current Premier League Clubs

A total of £306.281m Centre-Midfielder sales with these players having been bought for an original accumulated price of £406.179m has led to the worst positioning loss of -£99.898m. However, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Jack Grealish - the latter who features in our Greatest XI below - making mahoosive moves during this study period, it’s evident that Left-Wingers have brought the most profit to the current Premier League crop. Forty-one players in this position have sold for £475.237m, having originally been bought for £257.7m, turning around a profit of a simply sizzling £217.537m.

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

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Greatest Profit By Playing Position From Transfers By Current Premier League Club (Players Sold Since 2017)

(Individual Players Sold To Price They Were Bought)

Position sold for bought for profit
1. Left-Wingers £475.237m £257.70m £217.537m
2. Centre-Backs £618.093m £512.739m £105.354m
3. Right-Backs £219.405m £169.338m £50.067m
4. Goalkeepers £157.41m £126.213m £31.197m
5. Attacking Midfielders £218.98m £256.65m £25.33m
6. Left-Backs £133.898m £142.73m -£8.832m
7. Defensive Midfielders £175.08m £224.674m -£49.594m
8. Right-Wingers £339.064m £407.031m -£67.967m
9. Centre-Forwards £838.756m £936.52m -£97.764m
10. Centre Midfielders £306.281m £406.179m -£99.898m

Total Sales: £3,545,204,000

Total Original Expenditure On Sold Players: £3,439,774,000

 

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Average Profit Per Player By Playing Position (Players Sold Since 2017)

position sold for number of players average profit per player
1. Left-Wingers £475.237m 41 £5.31m
2. Right-Backs £219.405m 41 £1.22m
3. Centre-Backs £618.093m 92 £1.15m
4. Attacking Midfielders £281.98m 34 £0.75m
5. Goalkeepers £157.41m 57 £0.55m
6. Left-Backs £133.898m 39 -£0.23m
7. Centre-Forwards £838.756m 118 -£0.83m
8. Defensive Midfielders £175.08m 46 -£1.08m
9. Centre Midfielders £306.281m 78 -£1.28m
10. Right-Wingers £339.064m 48 -£1.42m
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Greatest Player Profit XI From Current Premier League Clubs Since 2017

(Individual Players Sold To Price They Were Bought)

POSITION PLAYER TRANSFER SOLD FOR BOUGHT FOR PROFIT
GK Thibaut Courtois Chelsea to Real Madrid, 2018 £31.50m £8.06m £23.44m
RB Aaron Wan-Bissaka Crystal Palace to Manchester United, 2019 £49.50m £0m £49.50m
CB Harry Maguire Leicester City to Manchester United, 2019 £78.30m £12.33m £65.97m
CB Virgil van Dijk Southampton to Liverpool, 2018 £76.19m £14.13m £62.06m
LB Ben Chilwell Leicester City to Chelsea, 2020 £45.18m £0m £45.18m
RW Riyad Mahrez Leicester City to Manchester City, 2018 £61.02m £0.45m £60.57m
CM Danny Drinkwater Leicester City to Chelsea, 2017 £34.11m £0.81m £33.30m
DM Idrissa Gueye Everton to PSG, 2019 £27.00m £7.65m £19.35m
AM Philippe Coutinho Liverpool to Barcelona, 2017 £121.50m £11.70m £109.80m
LW Jack Grealish Aston Villa to Manchester City, 2021 £105.75m £0m £105.75M
CF Romelu Lukaku Everton to Manchester United, 2017 £76.23m £31.82m £44.41m

 

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