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.
Colombia international Alfredo Morelos has been a fantastic find for Glasgow Rangers.
So far this campaign, the 23-year-old has been in stunning form, scoring 29 goals. That has taken his tally with the Ibrox outfit to 77 goals in 137 matches – they will have struggled to find much better for £1.08m.
That was actually considerably less than the £1.8m they paid for Joe Garner in 2016. The 32-year-old made the switch to Scotland after a very impressive spell with Preston North End, where he managed to hit the back of the net 57 times in 151 matches.
Was Joe Garner a flop?
The 2016/17 season, Garner’s first campaign with the Gers, was also the club’s maiden term back in the top flight after being demoted to the fourth tier following their financial troubles in 2012. With the signing of the centre-forward, they were clearly hoping to hit the ground running.
Garner’s sole campaign for Rangers was not exactly terrible, but it failed to meet expectations. In the Premiership, he made 31 appearances, and managed seven goals and three assists. In the Scottish Cup, he excelled, bagging three in two matches, although he was unable to score in Scottish League Cup. All in all, he would muster 10 strikes in 34 games – not exactly eye-catching.
That would be the beginning and the end of his time with the 54-time Scottish champions. In the summer of 2017, he made the switch to Ipswich Town for £990,000, which means that the Gers made a 45% loss in 12 months – some truly poor business from Mark Allen.
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