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.
Glasgow Rangers appear to have a made a decision to start targeting younger players.
This summer, both Ianis Hagi and Calvin Bassey, aged 21 and 20 respectively, have made permanent moves to Ibrox as Steven Gerrard looks to win his first piece of silverware as ‘Gers boss. With the likes of older heads such as Wes Foderingham and Andy Halliday leaving the club following the end of their contracts, this may be the start of a squad refreshment.
Still, there is room for some experienced players in the squad, and there are few who have as much knowledge and pedigree in English football as Jermain Defoe. It was confirmed in January that Defoe will join permanently at the end of the season following the culmination of his loan spell and, even though he will be taking a 65% pay cut, he will still earn £22,750 a week considering his salary at Bournemouth was £65,000 every seven days.
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He may already be 37 but that looks to be a shrewd piece of business. The former England international has a record many top strikers would envy, with 163 Premier League goals to his name, whilst he also scored 20 times for England. When Gerrard convinced him to move north of the border, he will have been hoping he could recreate some of that form.
In all fairness, he has done exactly that. During the 2018/19 campaign, he scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 20 matches, and he improved in the subsequent season as well, scoring 17 in 32 games. A record of 25 strikes in 52 games is not to be dismissed.
He may not have too long left in him but Defoe continues to show he knows where the back of the net is. That may be exactly what Gerrard needs to find success next season.
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