Everton made plenty of shrewd signings under David Moyes’ 11-year tenure, many of whom were later sold on for huge profits.
He was often forced to work on a shoestring budget, and the Toffees continuously overperformed with regard to the opposition and their spending power.
One such example of a fine piece of business was when he managed to pick up Joleon Lescott from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However, upon moving to Goodison Park he was quickly turned into one of the league’s more impressive defenders. This was a trait of Moyes’, as he had a clever nose for sniffing out defensive talent and growing it into something special.
As a side in transition, they were in need of players who could take them to the next level without being too high a standard that they would dismiss their revolution.
They were forced to pay £22m to secure the 6 foot 3 defender’s services, marking a 340% return on their initial signing just three years prior.
However, despite being at the club for five years, two more than he was at Goodison Park for, he only made 17 more appearances for the Sky Blues.
Many were infuriated when Lescott made the decision to leave, citing financial advances as his main motivator. However, at the end of the day, he was a fine defender for Everton and eventually left for a huge profit. There is not much to complain about.
It marks one of many occasions where under Moyes they hit the jackpot on an unknown talent, which has been somewhat undone by Farhad Moshiri’s reckless spending in recent years.