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Everton struck gold on sale of Tyias Browning

In recent years, Everton’s transfer business hasn’t exactly been sensible – particularly having spent over £100m in the last few seasons in transfer fees alone despite the club lingering above the relegation zone in the Premier League.

Midfield duo Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin both arrived for £25m each, but with Gomes now valued at £18m and seemingly out of favour while Gbamin is worth just £8m and on-loan at CSKA Moscow, both signings make up just two of the players that Everton have got wrong in recent seasons.

In departures, Rangers ace John Lundstram was let go on a free transfer back in 2015 by the Toffees, while Ross Barkley was sold for £7m-less than he was worth at the time back in January 2018.

Were Gomes and Gbamin two of Everton's worst recent signings?

Yes, they weren't worth it at all!

Yes, they weren't worth it at all!

No, there have been worse!

No, there have been worse!

It hasn’t been often that the Merseyside club have got it right when it comes to transfers, but one player that they did make a great decision on was youth academy graduate Tyias Browning, who left Goodison Park in February 2019 for Guangzhou Evergrande.

Somehow, the club managed to negotiate a £4.1m fee for the centre-back, likely due to his grandfather on his mother’s side being Chinese and the demand for players of that nationality in the top flight being high due to registration rules.

At the time though, he was worth just £900k, and the deal represented great value to the Premier League club – with it being worth 16% of the total fees earned from Everton departures in the 18/19 season.

Since moving to China, the 27-year-old’s value has risen slightly to £1.08m, but the defender who was once described as “outstanding” and as a “rock” by Everton U23’s Head Coach David Unsworth, remains a successful piece of business with the decline in valuation today from the fee he was bought for standing at -73%.

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Browning has since become a “naturalised” Chinese citizen and now plays under the name Jiang Guangtai, making 11 appearances for the Chinese national team as well as appearing 19 times this season in the Chinese Super League, with his team currently sitting third in the Championship group after winning 13 out of 22 games this campaign.

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