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The Injury Index

A news report that caught the eye claimed Everton have racked up £50m in lost wages over the last 5 seasons due to injuries to their players.

Such a number is hard to grasp in isolation, and visiting the website for The Injury Index doesn’t really help. The site provides tables of data on days lost to injury, number of games missed, and wages ‘lost’ as a consequence of those injuries, categorized by team, by player and by type of injury.

But what does it mean to have ‘lost’ wages? These are wages that are not lost in any meaningful sense. The wages are paid to players, week-in & week-out, whether they are injured or not. All the money ends up in the bank accounts of the rich and perhaps no-so-famous footballers, irrespective of their match fitness or performance.

While the number quoted seems staggering, it turns out that Everton are solidly mid-table, whichever way you cut it. Jean-Philippe Gbamin doesn’t even make the players table for the current season, which cuts off below the top 40 at wages lost in excess of £750k.


This must be a mistake as Gbamin lists in the three-season table (he’s only been with us two seasons) as missing 74 games (36 + 28 = 64?) at a total ‘loss’ of £4,717,142.86.

The Injury Index lists Everton as having 80 games missed in the Premier League so far this season; by my reckoning, tracking this on a game-by-game basis, the number should be 123 (150 overall, including cup games).

 


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 Posted
31/03/2021 at
14:05:57

I’ve not read the article, Michael, but wouldn’t the wages of players unavailable through injury be lessened by the wages of their replacements who may not have got a game otherwise?

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
14:24:11

Hi Alan,

I was thinking from the perspective of the club’s coffers. Since the squads are effectively locked in twice a season (at the end of each transfer window), any replacements for injury are almost always already on the books, and therfore already on the payroll. So no direct financial ‘loss’ due to an injury.

I’m not sure what you mean by the wages of the injured players being lessened by the wages of their replacements? Unless you are aware of a rather Draconian contract clause inserted that says, roughly speaking, “If you are injured, your wages for games that you miss shall be reduced by the amount of wages paid to the player replacing you.”

It’d never fly! But we should check with Jerome. He knows about this sort of stuff, I think.

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
14:24:24

Don’t clubs get some kind of insurance coverage for longer term absentees?

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
14:30:00

Put them on SSP!

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
14:35:01

We never seem to hear much about injury insurance, Kieran. I wouldn’t have a clue. Must be a threshold as you say for when it kicks in.

But that would actually make the injury a financial benefit to the club, not a loss!

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
16:06:11

Michael (5) “ But that would actually make the injury a financial benefit to the club, not a loss” Michael does that mean some players, like Delph, Gbamin etc would be entitled to a bonus? Just asking for an agent I know.

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
16:11:53

What are you up to, Dave? Trying to get a new gig for your Tony? I know we love nostalgia but Brands ain’t gonna buy it.

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
17:11:32

I must be pretty dense, but the entire concept of “lost wages” makes no sense to me.

The players get paid whether they play or not, right?

If you have a 25-man squad, every minute of every game you have 14 players being paid for not playing, whether the reason is injury or manager’s decision or they just forgot their shinguards.

If an injured player is being paid for not playing, it means another player who would normally be paid for not playing is being paid for actually playing in place of the injured player who is being paid for not playing, so you still have 11 players at any one game moment being paid for playing and 14 being paid for not playing. (Unless Schneiderlin is on the pitch, in which case the numbers are 10 and 15.) Are you following me on this?

And outside of that 90 minutes, you have all 25 players being paid for not playing, whether they are practicing or rehabbing or eating or in bed with their girlfriends or driving a Lamborghini 102 miles an hour with no license. Or whatever.

I am now going to sit quietly and suck my thumb.

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
17:15:13

Michael (7), I’ve fixed Tony up with a nice little earner, he’s starting at a top school in Crosby after the Easter holidays, teaching English Language!!

 Posted
31/03/2021 at
17:17:15

Dave, please post a video of Tony teaching English Language. Just a short clip. I promise you it will go viral.

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