This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Since joining Glasgow Rangers two years ago on Monday, Steven Gerrard has paid fees for six players.
They are Connor Goldson, Borna Barisic, Nikola Katic, Jamie Murphy, Kyle Lafferty and Eros Grezda. Four of those are still with the club, but two have already departed Ibrox – Lafferty is currently with Sunderland, whilst Grezda returned to the side he was signed from, NK Osijek.
The arrival of the latter proved to be a mistake. In 2018, he made the move to Scotland for a fee of £2m, and there were indications he could be a success after scoring eight goals and providing three assists during the 2017/18 campaign, whilst he was also already an Albania international.
In his first term with the Gers, he managed just 17 appearances, scoring two goals and providing one assist in the process. He was never really able to break into the first team, even though his two goals in four matches in the first half of the 2019/20 season for the club’s reserve side showed he had some kind of talent.
However, he would never get the chance to cement a place in the starting line-up, and in January of this year, he left the club for £360,000, returning to Osijek in Croatia. That meant that the Gers made a loss of 82% after just 17 first-team matches.
Should Grezda have been given more time?
Of course, it was one of the first signings of the former Liverpool man’s career, but you must hope that he has learned his lesson – it is not the kind of error he should be too keen to repeat.
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