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.
Sometimes, it just doesn’t work out in football, no matter the right intentions.
A number of reasons can hinder a player’s career. Just look at Michael Owen, for example, he struggled to ever return to the form of his Ballon d’Or winning days after injuring his hamstring. The original Ronaldo, too, was another who’s consistency dropped after a knee problem persistently troubled him.
Whilst Graham Dorrans can never be compared to either of those two greats of the game, many Glasgow Rangers fans will have been hoping for big things from when he made the move to Ibrox for £1.35m from Norwich in 2017. It was at West Brom in particular where he made his name, scoring 26 times in 189 matches for the Baggies, but nine goals in 67 matches at Carrow Road clearly convinced the 54-time Scottish champions to part with a seven-figure sum to take him north of the border.
He initially took to his new club like a duck to water. In his first 11 matches in the Scottish Premiership, he hit the back of the net five times, including a brace on his debut, whilst he also provided two assists. However, disaster struck against Kilmarnock, as he was forced off with an ankle injury, and from there it was downward spiral for the 11-time Scotland international. Another ankle problem, and then a knee issue meant that he would play just 23 times for the Gers in two full seasons.
In September of last year, he left the club on a free transfer, meaning that the Gers had made a 100% loss after just 23 games. No-one is to blame, but Steven Gerrard will be left to ponder over what might have been had Dorrans not spent so long on the sidelines.
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