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.
Back in the May 2006, Sheffield Wednesday managed to secure the signature of defender Madjid Bougherra. The Algerian moved to Hillsborough for £300,000 from French side Gueugnon, having impressed in a spell on loan at Crewe Alexandra in the 2005/06 Championship campaign.
Paul Sturrock was manager of the Owls at the time and it is fair to say that he certainly got a tune out of Bougherra, who made an instant impact in South Yorkshire. He made his debut in an away game against Preston North End and whilst Wednesday couldn’t win the match, the centre-back did play 90 minutes and helped ensure they got a point by keeping a clean sheet.
He remained a permanent fixture in the backline after that and despite having only been at the club for a couple of months, he was handed the captains armband for a game against Queens Park Rangers in October 2006. Sturrock had actually been sacked in the lead up to that match and it was caretaker Sean McAuley who made him skipper for the day and he led his troops to a vital 3-2 win.
Brian Laws ended up taking over as manager, but Bougherra remained a key player for the team and helped them go on a brilliant run of form which saw them win nine and lose just two of the 14 games following the sacking of Sturrock, keeping three clean sheets during that spell.
His form had certainly attracted attention and as the January transfer window rolled around in 2007, there were plenty of clubs rumoured to be interested in him including Reading, Everton and Charlton Athletic.
It was the Addicks, a Premier League outfit at the time, who made a move to sign him, but they saw their initial £1.3 million bid rejected by Wednesday with the Owls’ chief executive Kevin Walker insisting the player was “not for sale,” (BBC Sport).
That stance did not last long though as Bougherra did move to the Valley just over two weeks later, with the Addicks paying £2.5 million to acquire his services.
The centre-back therefore only enjoyed a short stint at Hillsborough, as he was only there for half a season before moving on. In total he racked up 28 appearances for the club, keeping five clean sheets in that time whilst also chipping in with two goals and two assists (Transfermarkt).
With that in mind, it is actually quite remarkable that the South Yorkshire outfit managed to make a profit of £2.2 million. In truth, the club struck gold with his signing as he made a positive impact on the pitch whilst also making them some very decent money in a short space of time.
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