A look at the top earners at every Premier League club and the biggest three earners in the league have made just 24 starts between them.
Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney, who has scored just two goals in 17 Premier League appearances this season, earns by far the biggest wage in the top flight, on a contract that expires in summer 2019.
The 31-year-old’s wage eclipses that of world-record signing Paul Pogba and summer recruit Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Figures compiled by The Times show that United, Manchester City and Chelsea are competing in a completely different financial world with Chelsea’s top earner Cesc Fabregas on £220,000 a week and City’s top man Yaya Toure on £240,000 a week.
But what’s startling is that all three players have been on the periphery this season with just 24 league starts between them. Fabregas has made just five starts for Antonio Conte and could well leave in the summer, Rooney has made eight starting appearances and he could also move on to China, while Toure has made 11 starts after struggling to make the City team earlier in the season.
Those three teama are way ahead in terms of wages with Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham’s best-paid players each earning no more than £150,000 a week.
Burnley and Hull offer the lowest wages to their top earners, with new Clarets signing Robbie Brady and Abel Hernandez living off £35,000 a week.
Among the others things to note is that Tony Pulis is working miracles at West Brom, with the Scottish pair of Darren Fletcher and James Morrison cashing cheques of just £65,000 a week.
While Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is on almost £100,000 and Crystal Palace’s best-paid player – Christian Benteke (£120,000) – earns the same money as Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris.
Top earners at each Premier League club
Arsenal: Mesut Özil (£140,000 a week)
Bournemouth: Jack Wilshere (£80,000)
Burnley: Robbie Brady (£30-35,000)
Chelsea: Cesc Fàbregas (£220,000)
Crystal Palace: Christian Benteke (£120,000)
Everton: Romelu Lukaku (£75,000)
Hull: Abel Hernández (£35,000)
Leicester: Jamie Vardy/Riyad Mahrez (£100,000)
Liverpool: Philippe Coutinho (£150,000)
Manchester City: Sergio Agüero/Yaya Touré (£240,000)
Manchester United: Wayne Rooney (£300,000)
Middlesbrough: Álvaro Negredo (£100,000)
Southampton: Fraser Forster (£90,000)
Stoke: Xherdan Shaqiri/Marko Arnautovic (£65,000)
Sunderland: Jermain Defoe (£70,000)
Swansea: Fernando Llorente/Gylfi Sigurdsson (£70,000)
Tottenham: Harry Kane/Hugo Lloris (£120,000)
Watford: Troy Deeney (£50,000)
West Brom: Darren Fletcher/James Morrison (£65,000)
West Ham: Andy Carroll (£80,000)