The Women’s Super League got off to a dramatic start this weekend, with 22 goals scored in total as record attendances were set across the country.
With interest in the WSL higher than ever, clubs are paying an increasing amount of money for players, with Keira Walsh moving from Manchester City to Barcelona for a record £400,000.
The most valuable Women’s Super League XI (4-1-3-2)
GK: Manuela Zinsberger (Arsenal) – €110,000/£96,600
RB: Ona Batlle (Manchester United) – €225,000/£197,500
CB: Leah Williamson (Arsenal) – €250,000/£219,500
CB: Magda Eriksson (Chelsea) – €250,000/£219,500
LB: Guro Reiten (Chelsea) – €200,000/£175,500
CDM: Laia Aleixandri (Manchester City) – €180,000/£158,000
RM: Beth Mead (Arsenal) – €250,000/£219,500
CAM: Pernille Harder (Chelsea) – €400,000/£351,200
LM: Fran Kirby (Chelsea) – €300,000/£263,400
ST: Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) – €450,000/£395,000
ST: Sam Kerr (Chelsea) – €450,000/£395,000
Nearly half of the WSL’s most valuable XI is made up of Chelsea stars, with Magda Eriksson, Guro Reiten, Pernille Harder, Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr all featuring.
Given the Blues have won the WSL for the past three seasons, it is easy to see why their players are among the most valuable in England. Kerr’s astonishing goal-scoring record makes it no surprise that she is the joint most valuable player.
She is joined by Vivianne Miedema, who is the all-time top goalscorer in the WSL. Arsenal are also represented by Manu Zinsberger, Leah Williamson and Euro 2022 Golden Boot winner Beth Mead.
Manchester City’s new signing Laia Aleixandri, listed as one of the ten most promising young players in 2020, earns a spot in the team. Manchester United’s Ona Batlle completes the line-up.
The most valuable Premier League XI (4-1-3-2)
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £72 million
LB: Andy Robertson (Liverpool) – £58.5 million
CDM: Phil Foden (Manchester City) – £81 million
RM: Mo Salah (Liverpool) – £81 million
LM: Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) – £67.5 million
ST: Erling Haaland (Manchester City) – £135 million
Manchester City’s marquee signing Erling Haaland is by far the most valuable player in the Premier League, and his recent goalscoring form shows exactly why. The £51.5 million City paid for the 22-year-old almost looks like a bargain.
He is joined by teammates Rúben Dias and Phil Foden, but it is Liverpool with the most players in the XI.
Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Mo Salah all feature, despite their side’s recent downturn in form.
Wesley Fofana and Harry Kane are the sole representatives of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, while Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho complete the line-up.
In contrast to the WSL’s most valuable XI, there is no Arsenal player in the Premier League equivalent.