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.
£81,000 is pennies in today’s football market, even with the current financial crisis that is happening as a result of the global pandemic at the moment. It would not have seemed much either back on the 22nd August 2010, as this is exactly what Matt Doherty cost Wolverhampton Wanderers to sign him from Irish side Bohemians.
The fact that he is still a regular in the team currently is testament to how much of a servant he has been for the Midlands club, remaining with them from the EFL Championship right through to the UEFA Europa League.
However, Doherty’s Wolves career did not get off to the best of starts, having made just one appearance for the senior side in his debut season, according to Transfermarkt.
He was shipped out on loan to Scottish outfit Hibernian FC on the 31st January 2012, before returning to the club at the end of that campaign.
He was consequently loaned out again to Bury FC on the 4th October of the same year, before returning once again three months later.
However, since these two spells, Doherty has not looked back. He returned to play 13 games in the Championship that term, scoring one goal and producing one assist, as per Transfermarkt.
The 28-year old’s market value rose to £270,000 by the end of the season, already more than treble what WWFC paid for him.
Doherty helped the club climb from League One all the way to the Premier League and beyond. In Wolves’ first campaign back in the top flight since he joined, the right-back played in every match, netting a relatively impressive four strikes and making seven assists from defence (via Transfermarkt).
By the end of the term, his market value was £13.5 million, a huge rise on his transfer fee.
Doherty has made 39 appearances in all competitions so far this season, including eight in Europe, a sheer contrast from is time back in League One.
If the campaign resumes, then the Wanderers will have a chance to claim a European spot again, and it will be up to Doherty and co if they want to go one better with Champions League football. One thing is for sure, he has been an absolute bargain signing and is currently worth significantly more than the £81k they paid, with Transfermarkt now valuing him at a whopping £14.4m.
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