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.
Everton have had some stalwart defenders down the years.
Sylvain Distin is one who first comes to mind, having spent six years at the club between 2009 and 2015, whilst Tony Hibbert played only for the Toffees during a 16-year career. Another one who can be added to the list is Joseph Yobo.
His career actually started in Belgium, with him first appearing for Standard Liege before he made the switch to Ligue 1 outfit Marseille in 2001. He would spend just a solitary season at the Stade Velodrome before making the switch to Merseyside for £5.4m following a one-year loan spell that cost Everton £1.35m – he was one of David Moyes’ first signings at the club.
He soon became a hugely important player for the Toffees under Moyes – he would make no less than 258 appearances in all competitions from 2002 to 2010. With the 97-time Nigeria international at the back, Everton turned into a top 10 Premier League side, whilst they also regularly qualified for Europe – they even made the Champions League in 2005, only to lose to Villarreal in the third qualifying round.
Who was better?
Eventually, he did lose his place, with him joining Fenerbahce on loan for two seasons – the Toffees received £1.17m in loan fees during those two campaigns – before he was sold to the Turkish side permanently for £2.25m. He made 113 appearances for Fener and, following a short eight-game spell at Norwich, he would retire in 2015.
He ended up becoming a legend for the Toffees, and he did so for the bargain price of £12,900 a game. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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