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 Leicester signed 24-year-old Harry Maguire from a relegated Hull City for £17 million in 2017, it’s unlikely they thought they would be cashing in on a £63 million profit just two years later.
The Foxes had just been usurped as Premier League champions and were looking to bolster their options in defence after a disappointing follow up season to their fairy-tale title win. They slumped to a 12th place finish after earning just 44 points for the term, 37 shy of their 2015/16 finish atop the table.
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However, their smart buying turned out to be a rather underwhelming asset to their squad. Maguire accomplished very little during his time at the King Power.
In his debut season for Leicester, he conceded more Premier League goals (57) than he did during his previous campaign with Hull, which ended in their relegation (49).
Maguire also struggled with his discipline, earning 14 yellow cards and one red in his two league campaigns with the Foxes (via footy stats.org).
The centre-back’s second and final season with Leicester would prove to be a shop window for interested parties. But Leicester did an incredible shop of painting the glass with rose tint.
After keeping just seven league clean sheets and failing to progress beyond the EFL Cup quarter-finals, Manchester United would come along and splurge a mammoth £80 million on Maguire, making him the most expensive defender in the world (via BBC Sport).
A world record fee for a player who has never won a piece of silverware or played on the European stage.
Leicester’s business with Man United is just short of being described as a crime. The Foxes pocketed a mouth-watering £80 million after hustling the Red Devils, knowing they were desperate to land the player, whilst Maguire would go on to lose possession an average of 9.6 times per game for United in the Premier League and be ripped to shreds weekly by his own fans.
In the mean time, it can be argued that the Midlands club are in a better place without him. Caglar Soyuncu proved to be a ready made replacement and he helped them to 12 clean sheets, whilst they shipped just 41 goals in total.
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