Yesterday we spoke about player values, and what we proposed some of our players might be worth. It got the usual colourful reaction, with one kind reader enquiring if we’re mentally ill.
However, it does raise a serious point – if Rangers sell even two of our asset players, such as Barisic and Morelos, do we actually trust Steven Gerrard with the millions that would raise?
Let’s look at his transfer record to make our point.
His first summer saw expenditure on:
Connor Goldson £3M, Kyle Lafferty £700K, Niko Katic £2M, Eros Grezda £2M, Borna Barisic £2M, and Jamie Murphy £700K. That’s a minimum of £10M. And excludes the sums for Matt Polster and Glen Kamara in the winter window.
His second saw:
George Edmundson £300K, Joe Aribo £300K, Brandon Barker £300K, Jake Hastie £300K, Filip Helander £3M and Ryan Kent £7.5M. That’s a speculated minimum of £12M.
That gives an absolute basic total minimum of £22M and is closer in reality to around £25M.
So, how do we assess the success of that spending?
Overall it’s the mid-20s range of millions, and of all those expensive signings, only mainly Goldson and Kent are actually first-team fixtures – and they’re hardly universally popular. The other obviously would be Barisic.
Katic is in and out, Helander wasn’t especially impressive pre-injury, and the majority of the low-cost signings have been questionable.
Indeed, the comical truth is all Steven Gerrard’s best signings, by some distance, are his free ones – McGregor, Arfield, Davis, Defoe (loan with permanent imminent), Hagi, Kamberi – the ones he got for free or a loan.
The ones he spent money on have been less successful.
Of course, this is just our take on it, you might think very differently. So we’ll ask you:
Based on his paid signings so far, would you trust Steven Gerrard now with say £20M?