LONDON — Robbie Fowler joined Leeds United in November 2001 from Liverpool for £11 million. Fourteen months, 32 games and 14 goals later Fowler signed with Manchester City in a deal worth £7.5 million.

The England striker’s wages at Elland Road were around £40,000 a week so with the £3.5 million loss Leeds has taken on his transfer value, each of the 32 matches Fowler played for Leeds cost the better part of £200,000.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.