It’s not like Newcastle to be smart with their money, but Jonjo Shelvey has been rated as the best value signing of the January transfer window by a fairly comprehensive study.
The analytics come courtesy of the CIES Football Observatory, who reckon that Shelvey’s £12million move to St James’ Park represented the best value for money once the player’s true market value is compared to the money paid to acquire his services.
CIES have used their database to rank Shelvey as being worth £23.5million, meaning Newcastle underpaid by £11.5million when they nabbed the midfielder from Swansea (note: the figures below are in €)…
However, the study did find that Newcastle overpaid to the tune of £5.4million in their £12million purchase of Andros Townsend from Tottenham. Swings and roundabouts, lads.
At the other end of the scale to Shelvey, CIES have valued Jackson Martinez’s £31million move to Guangzhou Evergrande as the worst value move of the window, asserting that the Chinese club paid Atletico Madrid a full £18.43million too much for the out-of-form Colombian striker.
Makest of all that whatest thou wilt.