Richarlison rediscovered his goalscoring form as Everton beat Wolves 3-2 in a thrilling Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Despite twice being pegged back by the visitors, the Brazilian had the final say with a superb header to add to his early opener.
His first strike came in the fifth minute courtesy of a mix-up between Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio and captain Conor Coady.
That set the tone for a frantic opening 12 minutes, which saw Wolves equalise through Romain Saiss only to find themselves behind again moments later.
Former Arsenal star Alex Iwobi restored the hosts’ lead with a bullet header, and despite plenty of goalmouth action, the game remained at 2-1 for the ensuing hour.
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Then Raul Jimenez levelled things up in the 75th minute with a brave header, only to see Richarlison climb highest to net the winner five minutes later and condemn Wolves to their first defeat of the season.
To make matters worse, Wily Boly, who was outjumped for the winner, saw red after receiving a second yellow with seconds of the game remaining.
Meanwhile, the Toffees climb up to fifth and seize the early initiative in the race for Europa League spots.
It’s no secret just how lucrative football can be but by the same token it’s a very costly business too.
Clubs are expected to break the bank in order to show they have ambition these days and even then success is not guaranteed.
The best players get the best wages but what they do on the pitch pays for itself, right?
Well talkSPORT.com has been given access to brilliant data from livefootballtickets.com to reveal which players are the best value for money in terms of the goals they scored last season.
But before we see how much the top 15 Premier League scorers’ goals in 2018/19 are worth, let’s take a look at the top 15 scorers from last season, how many league goals they scored last season as well as their estimated annual salary using data from spotrac.com.
=1. Sadio Mane (22 goals) – Estimated annual salary: £5.2m
So now we know how much the English top flight’s top 15 scorers from last season are being paid, let’s take a look at how much each player’s goal is worth by dividing their estimated annual salaries by the number of goals they scored.
And these certainly made for some interesting results.
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15. Paul Pogba – Each goal worth: £1,160,000
14. Eden Hazard – Each goal worth: £731,250
13. Alexandre Lacazette – Each goal worth: £728,252
12. Sergio Aguero – Each goal worth: £619,048
11. Harry Kane – Each goal worth: £611, 765
10. Raheem Sterling – Each goal worth: £550,588
=8. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Each goal worth: £472,727
=8. Mohamed Salah – Each goal worth: £472,727
7. Jamie Vardy – Each goal worth: £404,444
6. Gylfi Sigurdsson – Each goal worth: £400,000
5. Richarlison – Each goal worth: £360,000
4. Sadio Mane – Each goal worth: £236,364
3. Raul Jimenez – Each goal worth: £164,000
2. Callum Wilson – Each goal worth: £148,571
1. Glenn Murray – Each goal worth: £120,000
Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action.
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Managers across the globe will be frantically logging on to make last minute changes to ensure they get bragging rights over their mates.
While everyone will want to ensure they get some of the best-performing stars from last year into their team, there is an influx of new players available.
Not only do Aston Villa, Norwich City and Sheffield United possess a wealth of talent, but there have also been a host of new signings made across the division.
There are also players from last year who are expected to kick on after exceptional previous campaigns, even surpassing the score they racked up last time out.
It’s easy picking out the men likely to get you the most points as they’re usually the stars who are the most expensive.
But you may also need the odd cheap player in your ranks so you can keep to the £50m budget and, depending on your game plan, you might need a few.
So who should you be looking to sign before the start of the season? Below, talkSPORT.com has identified 10 stars you should definitely consider putting into your team before the transfer deadline.
Everton have a very welcoming set of fixtures back into Premier League action, meaning Richarlison should definitely be in your team. No other side has managed to avoid all of last season’s big six in their opening six games.
In fact, it is not until Game week 7 when the Toffees face champions Manchester City that we will see Marco Silva’s side really tested.
At just £8.0m, the Brazil international is certainly worth a punt, considering he produced three goals in his first two matches of 2018/19, including a 14-point haul away against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Gameweek 1.
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
One of the hardest decisions in the game is deciding where to spend your money. When you go big, you want it to be worth it.
Spending your transfer budget on three players will leave your bench too sparse, so pick Sterling and save yourself the trouble.
The England international racked up 234 points last season and has been deployed as a central striker by Pep Guardiola throughout pre-season – meaning the £12.0m is a sound investment.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Trent Alexander-Arnold enjoyed a remarkable season in 2018/19, culminating in a Champions League winner’s medal. He want’s bad in the Premier League either, scoring once and making 13 assists.
That helped him to 6.4 points per match (ppm), the third-highest average among regular starters in FPL, as well as his 16 clean sheets.
The £7.0m man also had 20 shots at Anfield last season, surpassed only by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
After a slow start to last season, Jota switched from a left-wing role and began to reap the benefits from a central position.
Alongside Raul Jimenez, the 22-year-old from Portugal scored nine goals and supplying seven assists in 20 subsequent appearances.
At £6.5m, he is cheaper than his club teammate, but equally as vital to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.
Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
The Villa captain was vital for Dean Smith, helping the former European champions achieve promotion via the play-offs and even more will be expected of the midfielder.
Despite missing many games through injury, Grealish still managed six goals and seven assists last season.
At £6.0m and with a relatively easy schedule for Villa for their Premier League return, the 23-year-old is definitely worth considering for your team.
After a record-breaking move to Anfield, Alisson outlined his importance to the Reds by keeping 21 clean sheets and earning the Premier League Golden Glove.
Investing in a solid goalkeeper is crucial for success and, although Alisson is still costly at £6.0m, he justified his price with 176 points last season, finishing as the top-scoring custodian in FPL.
After finishing so close to Manchester City last season, the Brazil international will be as hungry as his teammates to ensure the trophy is finally adorned with the red ribbons of Liverpool come May.
James Maddison (Leicester City)
When it comes to set-piece specialists in the Premier League, few would argue Maddison’s position as no.1. At Leicester, he takes all the corners, is second to Jamie Vardy for penalty duty and also scored three direct free-kicks.
Maddison created 100 chances in his debut season in the Premier League and he was rather unfortunate to get just seven assists.
At £7.0m, expect to see the England Under-21 international carry on where he left off and continue to be a driving force for the Foxes alongside Youri Tielemans.
Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur)
Dele Alli is unlikely to be fit for the start of the season, meaning Lucas Moura will be given a starting berth after a terrific pre-season campaign.
Although classed as a midfielder in the game, Moura is likely to start in a more advanced role for Spurs and he scored ten goals and got two assists last time out.
At £7.5m, it is certainly a gamble to put him into your side, but the Brazilian popped up with vital goals in the Premier League and in Europe last season.
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Che Adams (Southampton)
After 22 goals and four assists in the Championship last season, critics doubted whether or not the 23-year-old could replicate the feat in the Premier League.
But Adams less than two minutes into his debut, in a 1-1 draw with Austrian outfit SCR Altach in mid-July.He then took less than 60 seconds to find the net in his next appearance and he needed only six minutes to fire in his third goal in as many starts in a 3-1 win over Feyenoord last weekend.
He can prove to be a huge difference for the start of the season at just £6.0m.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
The Ivory Coast international failed to get a move away so far this summer, despite bids from Arsenal and Everton.
Zaha has been put back into his original position of midfielder for his season and has a point to prove after declaring his desire to play in the Champions League.
The £7.0m forward produced 10 goals and 11 assists in the previous campaign, the first time he has recorded double figures for both statistics.
And so with a solid defence, Silva is believed to be on the lookout for more attacking options.
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Kean, who was the first player born in 2000 to debut in Serie A, would have hugely benefitted by playing with Cristiano Ronaldo last season.
The Italy Under-21 star could seamlessly fit into an Everton side that will be pushing for a top six spot next term.
This was Silva’s preferred formation as Everton finished eighth after a horrendous start last season.
Kean could play the lone striker role and bring Bernard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison into the game with his hold-up play.
This formation could see Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison, depending on the opponent, offer Kean more support up front, while allowing attacking full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne more opportunities to roam forward.
Sigurdsson, playing slightly further back than usual, could be the team’s deep-lying playmaker.
Kurt Zouma would be Everton’s third centre-half if they are able to sign him on a permanent deal from Chelsea.
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