FOOD FOR THOUGHT: HAVE A LOOK AT THESE SALARIES FOR FOOTBALLERS

Food for Thought: Next time you watch a dire football match on TV consider these salary figures for the footballers taking part in it.  I’m off to watch the rugby for a couple of hours.

Havertz joined the Blues on September 4 in a deal worth a whopping £310,000 per week – or £16.2m per year.

That instantly made him the club’s top earner ahead of fellow German and summer arrival Timo Werner, who is on a reported £270,000 per week at Stamford Bridge.

But despite their mammoth wages, the pair have struggled to find their best form just yet.

Werner ended a 100-day, 1,000-minute goal drought against Newcastle but for Havertz his return does not make pretty reading.

The goal and two of the assists came within three matches in September and October – his only assist since then was in the 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on January 3.

Chelsea’s other big earners include £50m left-back Ben Chilwell (£190k per week), winger Christian Pulisic (£158k), back-up goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga (£150k), skipper Cesar Azpilicueta (£145k) and midfielder N’Golo Kante (£144k), as per Spotrac’s figures.

Callum Hudson-Odoi – the top-paid academy graduate – picked up £120,000 last week, despite only playing for 31 minutes against Southampton.

Jorginho, Olivier Giroud and Thiago Silva are all on £110,000 while Marcos Alonso, Reece James, Mateo Kovacic, Antonio Rudiger and Hakim Ziyech each earn £100,000 per week.

However, Mount – arguably Chelsea’s player of the season so far – is on just north of £88,000 per week.

He has delivered the goods this term, playing more minutes than anyone else in all competitions and chipping in with five goals and six assists, with seven of those in the Premier League.

Mendy earns £300,000 a week less than David De Gea at Manchester United but has proved a smart signing.

Former academy stars Tammy Abraham (£58k) and Billy Gilmour (£43k) are only ahead of Kurt Zouma (£40k) and veteran third-choice ‘keeper Willy Caballero who will earn £1.8m this season.

The SUN sports desk team

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