Monday, April 7, 2014

£40 a goal adds insult to Spurs' injury

It has been a troubling season for Tottenham Hotspur.

After a £100 million summer spending spree and the capture of much-coveted talents like Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, Spurs failed to spark and fired coach Andre Vilas-Boas in December in the wake of  a 5-0 home humiliation by Liverpool which left the North Londoners seventh in the Premier League.

Tim Sherwood enjoyed a brief honeymoon but with six games to go the club are seventh again, out of the Europa League and need a miracle to reach the Champions League qualifying positions. Louis Van Gaal is widely tipped to take over at White Hart Lane next season and with a new stadium in the pipeline for 2017, there are nonetheless reasons to look forward hopefully.

Spurs fans are also forking out for their frustrating campaign. If goal are what supporters want then Tottenham fans are being milked more than anyone else.

Although Arsenal have the dearest season-tickets, Tottenham's cheapest works out at £40.26 a home goal, the worst value in the Premier League, according to research done by the Manchester Evening News.

Their North-London rivals come second in the poor value for money table at £33.97 per strike, just ahead of struggling Norwich at £33.30.

Manchester City's surge means at £5.75 a goal, they are the best value team, followed by Everton at £13.33 per goal and Chelsea at £14.17.

Manchester United are twelfth with an average supporter outlay of £24.18 per home goal.

Best value teams

1. Man City      £5.75
2. Everton       £13.33
3. Chelsea      £14.17
4. Liverpool     £14.79
    Swansea     £14.79
5. Stoke          £15.64

Worst value teams

1. Tottenham      £40.26
2. Arsenal          £33.97
3. Norwich         £33.30
4. Sunderland     £28.57
5. Newcastle      £27.89

(c) Sean O'Conor & Soccerphile

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