Regulars to Ibrox Noise will know we don’t talk too much about our former manager, Steven Gerrard, given his exit was poor and his overall accomplishments, given the budget he had, were underwhelming.
However, we have always tried to be fair and reasonable on this site, and as much as we’ve vented our spleen on things we didn’t like about him (and boy did we rant), we must admit the imminent sale of Calvin Bassey for a potential £30M does reflect extremely well on Gerrard and his management team at Ibrox.
Whatever we think of his character, and we’ve had a few words to say about that, we can’t deny the £350,000 he spent on Joe Aribo for £10M profit, nor the £16M we made on Patterson after the youth graduate had risen to prominence under SG.
There’s also the clear market value Glen Kamara has, where he’ll net us at least £10M if he was sold given that £50,000 outlay.
But the piece de la resistance has to be £300,000 on Calvin Bassey – that one has gone up two zeros, two decimal places, and the lad is likely to sell in the coming week or so for around £30M.
Gerrard said, when Bassey arrived, that the lad would surprise a lot of people by being a lot better than we thought.
And while his first season far from demonstrated that, a full pre-season and a complete physical workout saw him turn, last summer, into a monstrous athlete and Rangers’ prize asset.
And Gerrard has to get a lot of the credit for that.
While Gio nurtured Bassey and got the best out of him, Gerrard certainly laid the foundation for that one.
He did the same with Aribo, Kamara, Morelos (not his signing but it was under Gerrard he exploded into the talent he’s developed into for just a £800K fee), Tavernier (what a RB he’s become the past couple of years under Gerrard then Gio), Hagi (ok £3M and injured but fully fit he’s worth easily three times that) and Barisic – cost £1.5M and at his peak was being valued beyond £15M.
In short, we recognise for Steven Gerrard did for our club, for our squad, and while he’s never the most popular of ex-managers, and his exit was dreadful, he’s ended up earning us a tonne of cash.
Who could ever have thought Calvin Bassey would become one of Europe’s most coveted players?
Apparently, Gerrard did…