Buying and selling players in football always comes with a risk attached to it. What if they struggle to adapt or they go on to greater things after leaving? There are always concerns but that comes with the territory of the transfer window and Rangers are no strangers to that.
One player who the Gers brought in before selling on at a later date was American holding midfielder Matt Polster.
Polster joined Rangers on a free transfer from Chicago Fire but failed to make his mark in Scotland. He ended up playing 10 senior matches for the club before his departure, six of which came in the Scottish Premiership – failing to score a goal and providing one assist. SofaScore rated four of his appearances in the 2019/20 campaign, with Polster achieving a score of 7.0 or higher in three of his four matches.
He then joined MLS side New England Revolution for a fee of £297k in the summer of 2020. So, how has he fared since departing from Ibrox?
In 2021, he has played 23 games in the MLS and averaged an excellent SofaScore rating of 7.03. He has averaged 3.2 tackles and interceptions per game for Revolution and won 59% of his duels, showing defensive steel in the middle of the park.
This has seen his market value on Transfermarkt soar to £900k. This is a 203% increase on the fee Rangers sold him to Revolution for and the highest his value has been in his career – with his market valuation rising steadily ever since he joined the MLS side.
At the age of 28, it could continue to rise as he plays out his peak years as a footballer, with his experience and growth helping him to develop his game and improve his performances. This does beg the question ‘why Rangers did not give him more time?’
His quality performances in the MLS and his soaring market value suggest that Rangers may have sold him at the wrong time and that he deserved more of a chance to show what he could do. It can take time to adapt to a new league and he was only given six attempts to crack the Scottish Premiership.
Perhaps he could have fulfilled his potential if Steven Gerrard gave him a few more opportunities to showcase his qualities, although that is all hypothetical now. We will never know how it would have gone, with Polster now making the most of his chance in the MLS.