• Who Are Brighton's Top Earners?

    Brighton & Hove Albion have come an awful long way in the last decade or so. In 2010/11 they were playing in the third tier of English football before spending several years in the Championship after Gus Poyet took them up as League One Champions.

    Fast forward to 2016/17 and a new man, Chris Hughton, was behind a promotion as the Seagulls earned their first crack at the Premier League. Five years on, Graham Potter is at the helm and defying the odds as his side sit 11th in the topflight.

    One way to see how things have changed is to look at player wages, here we look at Brighton's top earners.

    The context

    When it comes to talking about player salaries, it's sometimes hard to relate; after all, they all earn an obscene amount compared to your regular Joe. Back in 2011/12 season - 10 years ago - the top earners at the club were earning around £5k per week.

    By the time promotion to the topflight came about that had gone up to circa £35k. Nowadays, there are only a handful of players on less than that with several earning far in excess of it.

    So, who are Brighton's top earners?

    Number 5. Lewis Dunk, £45k per week

    Would you believe that Lewis Dunk was in fact the top earner back in 2016/17? As mad as it sounds, it's almost harsh to think he's just had a £10k per week raise since given everything he's done for the club. Since stepping into the Premier League, Dunk has been linked with big moves away, made his England debut and been instrumental in Brighton remaining a top-flight side. He fully deserves his salary.

    Number 4. Pascal Gross, £50k per week

    Pascal Gross doesn't know what life at Brighton was like before the Premier League with the former German youth international signing after the club won promotion. His place in the history book is assured though because he bagged the Seagulls' first ever Premier League goal. That's not all he's done though; he's been one of the key players that have underpinned the neutrals love of Brighton owing to his style of play. 40 goal contributions in 137 top-flight games is a cracking return.

    Number 3. Neal Maupay, £50k per week

    Here we have another man who sits on £50k per week; few fans would argue against him earning it though with his goals in the last couple of years proving crucial in the clubs battle to avoid relegation. Maupay joined the club back in xxx and has averaged a goal every 3.5 games since. A lack of goals is one of the main criticisms angled at Potter's side now but, this season, Maupay has single-handedly looked to solve that problem; he's scored six in 14 appearances and the former Brentford man is on course to post his best numbers since signing for the south coast club.

    Number 2. Danny Welbeck, £55k per week

    So far weíve looked at three players that have all contributed in a big way; now things turn a little bit in the other direction. There is no denying what a good footballer Danny Welbeck is but has he earned £55k per week at Brighton? The former Man United striker signed for Brighton back in October 2020 some 60 weeks ago meaning heís earned £3.3m; heís only turned out for 28 appearances meaning heís cost just shy of £120k per appearance. His goal return of seven is hardly phenomenal either.

    Number 1. Adam Lallana, £90k per week

    When you consider that Welbeck is the second-highest earner at Brighton on £55k per week itís staggering to think the structure allows Adam Lallana to be paid £90k; thatís twice what Lewis Dunk earns.

    Lallana has done very little down on the South Coast as well having made a grand total of 44 appearances chipping in with just one goal and two assists in that time; based on his total earning of £6.5m since signing in July last year, Lallana has cost a sickening £2.2m per goal contribution. You can see how Lallana compares with the top highest-paid players in the NFL, you might be surprised: https://edge.twinspires.com/nfl/top-...s-of-all-time/

    There you have it, Brightonís highest earners. Who surprised you the most?
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