Which A-League teams are living up to their price tag?

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Whether we like it or not, money is ingrained in football. Whether this be contract sizes, transfer fees or player valuations, the finances of football will always be a headline.

Just like if teams were playing minimumdepositcasinos.org, they are often happy to splash the cash for the chance of a return.

The A-League is no different, however sometimes spending the most money doesn’t work. Sometimes the team with the highest wage bill, or the most expensive squad won’t come out on top.

That is what we love about football, despite money playing a part in it, sometimes we see the teams with the smallest squad valuations compete with the very best.

With this in mind, it’s time to see which A-League teams are currently underperforming, performing where they should be, and over-performing according to their squad valuations.

Over-performing

Central Coast Mariners – $8.13 million

As soon as the Central Coast Mariners are not collecting the wooden spoon the truth is that they are over performing according to their squad valuation.

After finishing in third last season the Mariners lost numerous key players, with the likes of Gianni Stenseness, Daniel De Silva and Jack Clisby all leaving.

However, despite those losses the club was able to recover, using their brilliant academy and recruiting skills to put together a team that can beat the very best on their day.

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If the Mariners did not go on their run of dropping points in stoppage time the team from Gosford would be even higher on the ladder, however for now they sit in eighth with games in hand to get inside the top six.

When looking at their most valuable players according to transfer value they are one of the only teams that does not have a million-dollar player.

The fact that the Mariners are able to compete with the best with the relatively small value of their squad is truely a huge accomplishment.

Western United – $11.12 million

One of the newer teams in the league, after a few years of mixed results 2021/22 has seen the explosion of potential on the pitch from Western United.

After finishing tenth last season the team from Western Melbourne have come out reborn this campaign, sitting in second place with multiple games in hand over first placed Melbourne City.

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Unlike the Central Coast they do have someone worth more than a million dollars, with Serbian striker Aleksandar Prijovic valued at $1.1 million, however much of the rest of their squad is worth under $750,000.

Their total squad valuation of $11.12 million is next to nothing compared to some other clubs, with the Melbourne side currently sitting in ninth on the most valuable squad ladder.

To compare this to their current second place on the A-League ladder shows just how good this team has been in 2021/22.

Performing as they should

Melbourne City – $16.5 million

It would come as no surprise to anyone that Melbourne City’s squad is currently the most valuable in the A-League, worth approximately $16.5 million.

With the likes of Jamie Maclaren and Mathew Leckie on their books, as well as a raft of other talented players, this City team should be one of the very best in the league. Over the past few seasons, they have achieved this.

Currently Melbourne is sitting in first on the ladder, and despite Western United having a chance to leapfrog them if they win their two fixtures in hand, City are likely to comfortably finish in the top two.

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The thing that truly pushes Melbourne above the rest is their depth of talent, with a total of five players in the squad valued in excess of $1 million.

Whilst they have been easily the best side over the last two seasons, that is exactly where they should be with the assets they have.

Macarthur – $12.16 million

Another new team to the A-League over the past few seasons, Macarthur has hit the ground running. Looking to make two finals series in their first two seasons, what the team may be struggling with off the pitch does not seem to translate onto it.

Whilst they do have many high valued players in their side, most of them have come from other A-League clubs, restricting their value.

The likes of Ulises Davila, Daniel De Silva, Filip Kurto and Tommy Oar are all valued at over $742,000, whilst the Mexican international is worth over $1 million.

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Their current squad value of just over $12 million sees them land in sixth place on the valuation ladder, comparable to their fifth place standing on the current A-League ladder.

With Victory sitting just one point behind them with two games in hand it is likely that they will soon be in that sixth spot, fighting for a place in the finals.

Underperforming

Sydney FC: $15 million

Whilst Sydney FC have always had a large squad valuation, year on year they have been able to justify it with grand final appearances and premiers plates.

Unfortunately for the Sky Blues it appears that their time at the top may be up, with the New South Wales side seriously struggling so far this season, sitting outside the finals spots.

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Interestingly enough this hasn’t matched up with a decrease in their squad value, with the Sky Blues still ranked a close second valued at $15 million.

This includes three players worth in excess of $1 million, including Rhyan Grant currently valued at $1.48 million.

With a squad value so high they should be competing for the premiers plate, not sixth place.

Perth Glory – $14 million

Unfortunately for Perth and their fans 2021/22 has been a tough season, struggling to get any form of consistency as they have been forced to play much of their campaign on the road.

Currently sitting in last place with just 14 points from 18 matches played, it appears that a minor miracle may need to happen if the Western Australian side is to not collect the wooden spoon.

It is a disappointing result for a team currently worth the third most in the league, with a current value of $14 million.

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Whilst it is true that Daniel Sturridge, who has struggled to even get on the park this season, takes up a fair chunk of their value, it is not solely on him.

Five separate players are currently worth over $900,000, and unfortunately for a team with numerous players worth so much they can’t not be competing for finals.

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