This article forms part of our Profit Players feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how well a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how good of a deal the club managed to achieve.
Before Farhad Moshiri arrived at Goodison Park, Everton were forced to be far more frugal in the transfer market and looked to bring in bargain signings.
Whilst the Toffees did spend £28m on Romelu Lukaku in 2014, he was the only player on which they spent more than £20m before Moshiri’s investment. As such, deals like the one for Steven Naismith helped the Toffees remain competitive in the Premier League.
Before making the switch to Merseyside, Naismith made his name as a versatile forward for Glasgow Rangers, scoring 33 goals and recording 30 assists in 132 matches. He departed during the 2011/12 campaign, when the Gers’ financial worries started, meaning that the Toffees were able to sign him on a free transfer.
He would end up spending four years with Everton, scoring 26 times and providing 12 assists in 123 matches. He also provided some fantastic moments, such as a hattrick against Chelsea at Goodison.
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Whilst he may have contributed to the Toffees, he was never a guaranteed starter, and when Norwich City offered £8.5m to take him to Carrow Road, they could hardly turn it down. Eight goals in 48 appearances indicated that he wasn’t really missed, and although he has 23 strikes in 64 games for current club Hearts, Everton have progressed since then.
Naismith, in the end, proved to be a valuable player both on and off the pitch.
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