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.
Back in July 2011, Celtic looked to buy a right-back and managed to pick up defender Adam Matthews from Championship side Cardiff. The deal was worth around £203,000, per Transfermarkt, and no one could have imagined how much of a steal that would be as he went on to have a successful career in Scotland before being sold for quite a large profit.
The Welsh full-back made 150 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions, including in Europe, and became a consistent name on the team sheet, whilst helping the side to four Scottish titles and two domestic trophies, via Transfermarkt. He managed to score five goals, but what is quite impressive is the fact he managed to provide 22 assists, highlighting that he was both good offensively as well as defensively as he helped keep 72 clean sheets during his time in Glasgow.
The Celts is definitely where Matthews has enjoyed the best moments of his career so far, and you could argue that the club sold him at the perfect time back in July 2015 when Sunderland purchased the full-back for £2.52 million. This was a great profit considering how little they signed him for, and since the move the player has struggled to set the world alight as he was loaned out to Championship clubs whilst the Black Cats were relegated from England’s top flight, via Transfermarkt.
He was then part of the Sunderland squad that was relegated to League One, and on such big wages, the club decided to let his contract run out as he was released in 2019, via Transfermarkt. He now plays for Championship side Charlton, but he has had a mighty fall since he was at the Hoops.
Was Matthews an absolute steal?
His success at Celtic highlights how good a deal the club managed to get for the player, but selling him on for a lot more than they paid for him and the way in which his career has gone since being sold highlights that Matthews was a great profit player for the Hoops.
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