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 Conor Coady signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers for £2.52 million from Huddersfield Town back on the 3rd July 2015, he was perhaps bought as a player to try and get the Midlands club out of the EFL Championship.
Indeed, the 27-year old made a name for himself as a youngster in the Liverpool under-23’s set-up, before moving to Huddersfield for a mere £423k less than a year before he moved to Wolves.
Anfield legend now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher recently claimed that Coady was as good as Virgil van Dijk at passing out from the back, and this may be because he was originally signed as a central midfield player. Nevertheless, this is a stellar comparison and high plaudits from the former Reds central defender.
Would you rather have Coady or Van Dijk in the heart of your defence?
Coady has since transitioned as the centralist defender of a back-three under Nuno Espirito Santo, but this has not stopped him putting in impressive performances week after week at Molineux, no less as captain of the side.
The Englishman’s market value started off at just £1.8 million early on in his debut season, as he made 39 appearances in all competitions in the 2015/16 campaign, providing two assists, but predominantly played in defensive midfield, according to Transfermarkt.
Perhaps strangely, his value slightly decreased to £1.58 million, but started to rise during Wolves’ title-winning Championship term. Indeed, Coady was a key figure, playing in all-but-one game in the league as a centre-back, as per the website.
His market value rose relatively dramatically to £4.5 million by the start of the next season, more than what WWFC paid for him (via Transfermarkt).
Indeed, Coady has played the last two campaigns captaining his side in the Premier League, and he has arguably stepped up to the jump in class. He has played in every match in the top flight so far over the last two campaigns, highlighting his importance as leader of the team and how much Nuno trusts him.
This reflects the dramatic rise in market value, as it peaked at £16.2 million before falling to £13.05 million due to the current financial crisis in the footballing world.
Nevertheless, the values exemplify how Coady has been worth every penny that the club paid for him, especially considering how key he has been in their rise from Championship mediocrity to a Europa League outfit.
Wolves supporters, how much do you think Coady is worth now? Comment below!
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