What's the value of Wolves' current squad?


by Matt Cooper

The summer transfer window is probably the most exciting time for football fans and consumers. New links with players we’ve never heard of surface every day, with at least one supporter claiming they’ve seen them play before.

It also sees the start of clubs sniffing around your clubs best assets with inflated price tags being bound about all over the shop. It’s quite hard to understand a player's true valuation without being affected by personal bias. For example, Crystal Palace have slapped an £80 million price tag on Zaha but in reality, we all know he’s worth about £50 million - but to Palace, he’s worth £80 million because if they lose him, they’ll probably be in a relegation dog fight.

The clever folk over at CIES Football Observatory has developed a powerful econometric approach to estimate the transfer value of professional footballers on a scientific basis since 2013. The estimation is based on two sets of values.

Predicting Interest

  • Player activity in clubs and national teams
  • Club and national team results
  • Age
  • Position
  • League of employment
  • Economic level of the releasing club

Predicting Value
  • Contract duration
  • Year of transfer
  • Book value
  • Loan status
  • Nationality
  • Economic level of the recruiting club

It’s a complex and extensive metric and does throw up some quite interesting valuations of the current crop of Wolves players, with only two current players exceeding the value of €50 million. Take a look below to see how the CIES Football Observatory value Wolves’ current squad. (accurate of 02.05.2019)

Rui Patricio - €30-40 million
John Ruddy - €2-4 million
Will Norris - €2-4 million

Conor Coady - €15-20 million
Willy Boly - €15-20 million
Ryan Bennett - €10-15 million
Jonny Otto - €20-30 million
Matt Doherty - €15-20 million
Ruben Vinagre - €7-10 million

Joao Moutinho - €10-15 million
Leander Dendoncker - €20-30 million
Ruben Neves - €50-70 million
Romain Saiss - €4-7 million
Morgan Gibbs-White - €10-15 million

Raul Jimenez - €40-50 million
Diogo Jota - €50-70 million
Helder Costa - €10-15 million
Adama Traore - €10-15 million
Ivan Cavaleiro - €7-10 million

It’s important to understand that this is a valuation and not an asking price nor are they the thoughts of Talking Wolves, we’re just reporting what’s out there. I mean, €7 million for Ruben Vinagre? Come on.

Let us know your thoughts down below.

Matt Cooper is a Talking Wolves founder, you can follow him here.


  • At £150, I feel you’re setting the opening bid amount a little low there JD. £249.99 would be my suggestion and see how it goes from there.

    Stephen James
  • Whoever thought up those prices must be on drugs or on day release from the funny farm.
    Neves for one is worth £150+.

    John Davies

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