£30M? What James Tavernier will REALLY cost West Ham

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MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: James Tavernier of Rangers in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on September 27, 2020 in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

After news broke lately of West Ham’s intention to sign James Tavernier, and Rangers’ refusal to entertain any bids, we got wondering just what the RB is worth in the market these days.

The fact is he’s English, so that immediately inflates any price by around 50% in the first place. So bear that in mind before we move on.

Next, he’s Rangers captain – he’s been captain for Steven Gerrard’s entire reign as manager, and in the past month, and especially past week or two, he’s started to look, for the first time, more like his role.

Next, he’s got no desire to leave, and Rangers have no desire to sell him. There is no urge on either party for his moving on.

Then we have his assists and goals. His stats for a right back are just ludicrous – 52 goals, 78 assists in 254 matches total for Rangers. It’s extraordinary.

However, possibly the most telling aspect of all – he’s not been injured pretty much at all in 5 years. Five years – since the summer of 2015 when Mark Warburton brought him in, he’s only missed four matches of those 254 through injury and that was some surgery early this year.

That stat is utterly mindblowing and simply astonishing on its own.

He’s also performed at every level for this club, and has a tonne of experience of the Europa League, more than any other player in our colours, having played every single UEL match since 2017 bar the visit of St Joseph’s last year. That’s 35 appearances including qualifiers.

So, what is James Tavernier’s value to Rangers? In fact he is priceless.

While he’s not every fan’s favourite player, he’s unique to this club in his durability, stats, performance level and reliability.

For any team down south who wants him, while we admit he might not be actually worth £30M (or maybe he is?), that’s what any bidding team would have to go to to prise Steven Gerrard’s right hand man away.

Tavernier is vital to Stevie’s system, and he won’t let him go unless the money offered is completely insane.

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