The immense wealth of Premier League clubs translates into some of the most substantial paychecks for English League players, with top earners like Reece James taking home over £13 million annually. But does their performance justify these colossal salaries, or are the clubs getting no bang for their buck?
As per Ticketgum, here are the wages of every Premier League player compared with their performances in the Premier League 23/24 season which determine which players are the most overpaid. So, let's talk about the top 10 most overpaid defenders in the English Premier League.
Ben Chilwell comes first on this list. The England left-back has only appeared in 7 matches in the Premier League for Chelsea this season and has been out most of the time due to injuries. Not only this season but the injury issues of Chilwell are haunting the London-based club for quite some time. He is earning £10,400,000 annually which surely doesn't justify his availability in the squad and his performances.
William Saliba is earning £9,880,000 annually for Arsenal and has only tackled around one player per 90 minutes this season. It simply doesn't justify the money Arsenal are spending on him. Mostly he is out of Arteta's plans due to his unavailability and Arsenal are struggling to find the momentum at the back for the same reason.
The England right back who won a treble with Manchester City last season has failed to replicate his form this season in the Premier League. He is earning £9,100,00 which is too much for a 33-year-old defender. There is no denying Walker's pace and quality on the wings but it doesn't justify the money Manchester City are paying for him. Pep Guardiola criticized Walker last season despite consistent top-notch performances and that simply say the standards he has built for the past few years in the Blue side of Manchester.
Raphael Varane is earning £17,680,000 at Manchester United annually and has scored 1 goal and 1 assist in 12 appearances for the club. It's not right to expect ample amounts of goals from a defender but his unavailability has been the whole talking point this season and there have been some times when Ten Hag was not happy at all with him and decided to bench him for some inconsistency in his performances which led fans to criticize the player and the manager.
Manchester United are struggling a lot and most of it happened due to several injuries in the first half of the season. But it should be changed now as many of them have made their return to the squad and the fans have started to see the Lisandro and Varane partnership once again at the back. Still, Varane has to up his game because he is earning a lot and the club would expect something back in return.
The 24-year-old English right-back Reece James has appeared in only 8 matches for Chelsea this season. Before the start of the season, Chelsea announced him as their captain but he is spending most of time in Hospital due to several injuries. Not only this season but Chelsea haven't got the full service of their academy graduate from past couple of seasons. His injuries have continuously haunted him and deeply affected his career. He is earning £13,000,000 annually but Chelsea are unable to get something back from that spending on the field.