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.
When David Moyes was manager of Everton, it was a well-known fact that the Toffees had to constantly work on a limited budget.
As a result, that meant looking for players at the lower end of the market, and bringing in bargains – think Tim Cahill, who became a club legend after being signed for just £2m.
He wasn’t the only player who was important for the Goodison Park outfit after a move for a smaller fee – Joleon Lescott can also be put into that category. The centre-back started his career at Wolves, making 185 appearances in all competitions for the Old Gold, before completing a £5m move to Merseyside.
At the time, he had no experience in the Premier League, but it proved to be an inspired bit of business from the Toffees. He would become an ever-present in the side after that 2006 switch – he actually missed just two top-tier games in the three full seasons he spent at the club – and he also proved to be dangerous in front of goal, even scoring 10 times in one season.
His performances first earned him an England call-up – he would eventually pick up 26 caps for the Three Lions – and it eventually saw him move to Manchester City shortly after they were taken over by the Qatari royal family in 2008. The Citizens spent £22m on Lescott in 2009, and he would end up making 160 appearances for the club – he also won a couple of Premier League titles in the process.
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He went on to have spells at West Brom, Aston Villa, AEK Athens and Sunderland before retiring in 2017 – all in all, he had a top career, and Moyes, in particular, can be proud after the fantastic piece of business he achieved with his signature.
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