Lyle Foster salary progression will blow your mind!

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Let us look at the Lyle Foster salary progression because whenever fans talk about footballers, one of the discussions centres around what they earn.

The 23-year-old South African striker has not taken the Premier League by storm but has done well so far. He has scored three goals this season and two assists as he settles down with the Clarets.

On their return to the Premier League, the Clarets have found the elite division a different ball game to the Championship as they lay in 18th place, just above AFC Bournemouth and Sheffield United.

They have a win, a draw and seven losses, but it has not stopped South African striker Lyle Foster from signing a new long-term deal with the club.

Let us look at the Lyle Foster salary and progression over the years.

Lyle Foster salary and its progression

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In 2018, Lyle Foster was among English newspaper The Guardian's top 60 most promising young players in the world. It started Foster on a journey that eventually brought him to the Premier League.

He has grown from small beginnings and is climbing higher. The Bafana Bafana striker is not within the range of top earners in the division, but his progression suggests it is only a matter of time.

Monaco – £2,677

What did the Lyle Foster salary look like at the beginning?

With a bright prospect, the young forward left Orlando Pirates for Monaco. He signed a deal with the French side in January 2019 until June 2023.

Foster started with a teenage salary of £2,677 (ZAR 61,547 – today). It was a decent take-home for a young boy coming out of Africa.

Cercle Brugges – £1,004

Foster did not stay long in Monaco. He found game time hard to come by, which forced the club to decide on his status. Foster only played two games for the French side before leaving on loan.

On August 30, 2019, Foster joined Monaco's feeder club Cercle Brugge in Belgium on a season-long loan. The move saw a dip in the Lyle Foster salary scale. He received £1,004 (ZAR 23,082 today). He spent just a season at the Belgian side.

Vitória de Guimarães – £1,673

The Lyle Foster Salary outlook increased slightly following his move to Vitória de Guimarães. He joined the Portuguese side on 13 August 2020.

The move saw an increase in the Lyle Foster salary status from £1,004 to £1,673 (ZAR 38,501 today). It was a marginal growth but an increase all the same.

Westerlo – £2,008

Five games at Vitória de Guimarães without any goal was enough to convince Westerlo that there was potential in the young South African.

He joined the Belgian side on a season-long loan until 30 June 2022, and in the summer of 2022, Foster made the deal permanent.

At 22, Foster earned £2,008 (ZAR 46,207 today) weekly. It came to a total of £104,411 per year. The striker was moving up the ladder.

Burnley – £20,000

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In the 2022-23 season, Foster scored eight goals in 21 games for Westerlo, and Burnley felt they had seen enough. They were convinced and shelled out €7 million, a record for a South African player, which rose to €10 million following Burnley's promotion to the Premier League.

It was his big payday as the Championship side put him on a weekly salary of £20,000 (ZAR 460,020).

On Thursday, October 26, 2023, Burnley announced that the South African striker had signed a new bumper deal, keeping him at the club till 2028.

Of course, the new deal would come with an increased salary package. Details about the new bumper deal are still sketchy, but reports suggest it is a healthy increase.

Foster – Happy to stay

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After signing his new deal, Foster expressed his delight at signing a new deal at Burnley despite their current situation.

He said he was trying to stay focused and continue working hard. He continued that the season is long with plenty of tough games, but he believes the team will grow stronger.

Foster stated the belief and confidence within the squad, the coaches and everyone around the building.

According to Foster, there is no need to stress but to enjoy what they’re doing, and it is a recipe for success.

Highest-paid Bafana Bafana players

Not only is Lyle Foster the most expensive South African player, he is the highest-earning player from that part of the world.

How does the Lyle Foster salary status compare to other South African players? After signing his latest deal, Foster blows every other South African out of the park.

The former deal of £20,000 per week puts him head and shoulders above the rest.

Bongokuhle Hlongwane

In January 2022, Hlongwane moved significantly to further his international career, signing a lucrative three-year contract with Minnesota United. He earns around £479,000 yearly.

Percy Tau

Notably, he stands among the millionaire athletes, drawing an impressive salary of £115,000.

Lyle Foster Salary – The progression

Club Season Gross P/W (GBP) Gross P/Y (GBP) ADJ. Gross (2023, GBP) Age
Burnley 2023 £20,000 £1,040,000 £1,040,00 22
Westerlo 2022-2023 £2,008 £104,411 £104,411 22
Vitória de Guimarães 2020/21 £1,673 £87.009 £93,824 20
Cercle Brugges 2019-20 £1,004 £52,205 £58,612 19
Monaco 2019-20 £2,677 £139,215 £149,600 17

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter.
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