Former Aston Villa hero Gabby Agbonlahor has made a very bold claim, stating that Rangers have made a grave mistake over the sale of Nathan Patterson to Everton.
In speaking to Football Insider, the three-times capped England international has claimed that Patterson’s value is only going to soar, showing that the directors at Ibrox should have held out longer, for more.
A deal worth an initial £12 million, rising up to £16 million was done with the Toffees, breaking Rangers highest ever sale record in the process.
Despite that, Agbonlahor has insisted that Patterson will very soon show that he is worth even more:
“I’ve seen him play and he’s going to be one of those players who is going to be worth £40million or £50million in a few seasons,” Agbonlahor told FI.
“I really rate him. I’ve watched him play for Rangers, I’ve watched him play for Scotland. He’s one of the modern-day full-backs.”
“I hope Rangers have put on a sell-on clause because you might look at and think ‘£16million is great money’ but in this market, is it?”
“He’s an up and down attacking right-back and that’s what Premier League clubs want at the moment. Maybe Rangers will look at it in the future and think they should have got more for him.”
The bottom line is that Rangers could not afford to wait forever, not with the economics of the Scottish Premiership.
With the sale to Rafa Benitez’ Everton, the record sale for the Scottish champions represents sense, value and pragmatism, especially with the evergreen, impressive stature of the club captain James Tavernier in Patterson’s position, as well as Gio van Bronckhorst’s preferred tactics which are more beneficial to the Englishman.
In the future, a further bumper price tag may apply to the Rangers youth product but all of that remains to be seen for Agbonlahor and all the rest of us. A good deal for all three parties in the transfer has been widely acknowledged in the here and now.