Earnings

on the Bench

The Premier League players who earn the most for the least time on the pitch!

Being stuck on the bench or not even making it into the matchday squad must be incredibly frustrating for a professional footballer, but it must soften the blow a bit knowing that you’re still collecting a huge wage even if you don’t actually make it onto the field!

And with the vast sums of money paid to players in the Premier League, this means that some players are amassing a fortune by actually playing very little football at all.

We’ve taken a look at the Premier League players who are earning the most per minute played (excluding those who have been sold or loaned to other teams throughout the season).

While a lot of the players on the list have fallen out of favour for one reason or another, many are second or third-choice goalkeepers, whose role is to warm the bench ready to spring into action if the team’s main keeper gets injured, although they still get paid a healthy sum to do so!

Top 3 Highest-Paid Players per Minute

Each Team’s Highest-Paid Player per Minute

Team

Player

Nationality

Position

Weekly
wage

Annual
salary

Premier League
20/21 minutes
played

Earnings per
minute played

The Premier League's Highest-Paid Players per Minute

The highest-earning players per minute across the Premier League were a mixture of those who spent significant time injured, substitute and third-choice goalkeepers, as well as players who have fallen out of favour and been exiled at their respective clubs, such as Danny Rose at Tottenham.

Each of the players on this list played zero minutes for their team in the 2020/21 season, with the exception of Kostas Tsimikas who earned £2.86 million at Liverpool but only played five minutes in the season, equating to £572,000 a minute.

Rank

Player

Nationality

Team

Position

Weekly
wage

Annual
salary

Premier League
20/21 minutes
played

Earnings per
minute played

Methodology

For each player, we divided their annual earnings by the minutes that they spent on the pitch in the 2020-21 Premier League season.

We excluded any players who spent time at other clubs throughout the season, whether transferring to another team, going out on loan, or moving clubs as a free agent.

Data for minutes played was sourced from Football Critic, while earnings data was sourced from Sport Salary.