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.
Sometimes a club will be able to pull off such a deal that it becomes evident in later years just how easy it would be to be viewed as a total bargain and one that they have managed to steal from the selling club. Rangers can hold their hands up and say they fall in that category.
Steven Gerrard may have been rather prudent with his spending since becoming the Ibrox chief in 2018 with a number of free transfers and low-cost deals (which could be argued to have been pieces of top-quality business in their own right).
However, Mark Warburton may have made a transfer back in 2015 that has benefitted Rangers more than any that the current manager has been able to achieve with his so far.
According to a report by The Scottish Sun, James Tavernier joined up with the Light Blues from Wigan Athletic for a measly transfer fee of just £200,000.
Indeed, when the right-back first joined the club as they were looking to win promotion from the Scottish Championship back to the top-flight, there would have been no telling just how good he would turn out to be for them.
Since arriving, the current Gers skipper has gone on to make 215 appearances for the Light Blues, which includes an impressive 46 goals and 67 assists (although the majority of those efforts have come from the penalty spot).
There is no denying how important Tavernier has become for the Bears over the years and he is clearly an important cog in Gerrard’s machine at the moment as they look to finally bring some silverware back to the blue half of Glasgow.
He has continued this season’s efforts in fine fashion as well, having hit three goals and providing four assists in his 18 appearances across all competitions (per TransferMarkt) prior to his weekend’s fixtures and it would not be a surprise to see him improve upon those numbers as the campaign trundles along.
If any more evidence was needed to suggest how huge of a bargain the 27-year-old’s signature at £200k was for Rangers, then his valuation by TransferMark should be able to help as the right-back is now considered to be worth around £5.4m.
To put that into context, his value has steadily risen over the last few seasons, having gone up from £1.8m at the beginning of Gerrard’s first year in charge to where he is now. Indeed, TransferMarkt also consider him to be the second-most valuable player to the Bears, just behind Alfredo Morelos and above Ryan Kent in the list.
In fact, Tavernier has been linked with a number of moves to Premier League sides in recent transfer windows, with the likes of Newcastle United having been thought keen in the summer regarding an £8m switch – a move in which he admitted he was flattered to be linked with (The Scottish Sun).
Warburton produced a masterstroke in landing the attacking defender for just £200k, whilst Gerrard is certainly reaping the rewards of that work now.
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