I am grateful to SBO.net for supplying me with the results of their extensive research into the most cost-effective players last season.
The formula used was a player’s salary measured against their goals and assists for an attacker, or tackles for a defender and saves for a goalkeeper.
And Burnley, who play Tottenham at Wembley, had three players in the Premier League’s top four.
Top of the cost-effective list was Burnley’s England keeper Tom Heaton who started his career at Manchester United but didn’t make a senior appearance for the Old Trafford club.
And Burnley boss Sean Dyche is getting great value from his full-backs as well.
Second on the list is right-back Matthew Lowton, 29, making him the best value-for-money defender.
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“Top of the cost-effective list was Burnley’s England keeper Tom Heaton who started his career at Manchester United but didn’t make a senior appearance for the Old Trafford club”
And in fourth place was Stephen Ward, 32, the Republic of Ireland left-back.
The top-ranked striker was Bournemouth’s Joshua King, 25, in 21st place.
Romelu Lukaku, who was with Everton last season, was 26th, one place ahead of Harry Kane, who will be trying to get the better of Heaton, Lowton and Ward.
MANCHESTER UNITED are continuing to monitor Celtic’s Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, 20.
But there are no plans to attempt to sign him before the current transfer window closes.
United, like neighbours City and Tottenham, will continue to assess Tierney’s development this season.
That’s a relief for Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers, who isn’t being pressurised to sell by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who he knows well after their time together at Chelsea.
RITCHIE HUMPHREYS is chairman of the PFA, holds a UEFA A coaching licence and had a successful career at clubs like Sheffield Wednesday and Hartlepool.
Now, at the age of 39, he’s realised an ambition by signing for Sheffield FC – the world’s oldest club.
Humphreys watched them as a boy and his grandfather played for them.