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.
When Wolverhampton Wanderers sold academy graduate Joleon Lescott to Everton for £5.85m
back in July 2006, little did they perhaps know what he would then go on to achieve.
The central defender made 185 appearances in all competitions across five different seasons for the West Midlands club, scoring 11 goals, according to Transfermarkt
. As a consequence, his market value skyrocketed
from just £900,000 to £7.2m before being snapped up by David Moyes on Merseyside.
Lescott would arguably reach the peak of his career with the Blues, as he would feature in another 143 games in all competitions, scoring 17 times and providing seven assists, as per Transfermarkt
. Perhaps more significantly however, is that he won his first
senior cap for England under manager Steve McClaren in October 2007.
This helped see a rise
in his market value from £6.75m to £9.9m either side of his international debut, and this is perhaps where the regret of Wolves began as both of those figures were higher than the price at which they sold him to Everton.
Moreover, this was just the start. Lescott secured a big money transfer to Manchester City for £24.75m
in August 2009, more than quadruple the price of what Wolves recouped for him three years previously.
Was Lescott sold too cheaply?
Speaking about his time with the Molineux outfit recently, the 37-year old talked to The Beautiful Game Podcast
(via Birmingham Mail
) about problems with injuries at the club, as he eventually got his move to the Premier League, although his ongoing knee problem threatened to derail the deal before it was finally completed. Once it was, Lescott went on to even bigger things and, had Wolves managed to retain him a bit longer, they could have reaped a far greater fee for him.
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