Because the switch kitties of Premier League golf equipment have grown because the division’s 1992 rebrand, groups have develop into extra susceptible to splashing their money on a dud. Right here, theScore runs by way of the ten worst transfers over the previous 25 years.
10. Roque Santa Cruz to Manchester Metropolis
Mark Hughes did not have a lot probability to spend the Abu Dhabi United Group’s money the earlier summer time, so made an early splash within the subsequent shut season by bringing in Santa Cruz for £17.5 million.
The one rationalization was that Hughes was exerting his authority by shopping for his former Blackburn Rovers frontman in 2009, as a result of it was apparent he was a poor match at Manchester Metropolis. Emmanuel Adebayor was bought later within the window and will do every little thing Santa Cruz might do, however a lot better.
It continued Metropolis’s poor luck with South American imports. Jo and Robinho have been already falling out of favour with the locals, and the robust transition was evident seven years later, when Pep Guardiola signed Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
9. Kostas Mitroglou to Fulham
These days, Mitroglou is the rock-exhausting focus in Benfica‘s assault, tallying sixteen objectives en path to the membership’s triumphant 2016-17 Primeira Liga marketing campaign and notably giving Borussia Dortmund‘s defence a torrid time in Champions League play.
He is gained eight main league titles in his profession. Fulham has none.
However Mitroglou is among the worst signings within the Cottagers’ historical past, and is arguably worse than the nabs of Steve Marlet and Eddie Johnson within the Premier League period. The Greek striker joined for £12 million in January 2014, and performed 151 league minutes – scoring no objectives – earlier than ultimately leaving Fulham for good in the summertime of 2016.
eight. Tomas Brolin to Leeds United
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Leeds United was enjoyable to observe with its youthful contingent and spirited foray into the Champions League semi-finals in 2001, however wasn’t recognized for conducting the most effective enterprise. Even the chairman’s goldfish had £20 spent on them every month.
Leeds’ worst splurge, nevertheless, was a lot earlier, when Brolin, a chunky Swede beforehand of Parma, joined for £four.5 million in 1995.
“Fixed battles together with his weight throughout his time at Leeds led to his nickname Tubby,” remembered BBC Sport, dubbing the ahead – who claimed 4 objectives in 32 Premier League appearances – a “massive fats disappointment.”
7. Massimo Taibi to Manchester United
How do you comply with a goalkeeper like Peter Schmeichel? Nicely, you do not.
Few gamers’ struggles in Premier League soccer may be decreased to just some seconds. The Italian shot-stopper value the treble-winners £four.5 million in 1999, and could not sufficiently compete with Mark Bosnich for a spot between the sticks.
Taibi’s horror second got here towards Southampton, when he let an innocuous 25-yard dribbler from Matt Le Tissier roll via his legs. He was loaned out three months later and by no means performed for United once more after simply 4 outings.
6. Roberto Soldado to Tottenham
Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen are in rivalry for becoming a member of this listing sooner or later, however, for now, Soldado is the worst signing Tottenham Hotspur‘s carried out within the Premier League period. Even worse than Serhiy Rebrov.
Daniel Levy ignored his often shrewd practices when backed with funds acquired from Gareth Bale‘s document sale to Actual Madrid. The summer time of 2013 noticed Erik Lamela, Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches, and Nacer Chadli arrive at White Hart Lane, however none of these gamers was costlier than the £26-million Soldado.
His general document within the Premier League was a measly seven objectives in fifty two appearances.
5. Francis Jeffers to Arsenal
Everton was stacked with over-hyped kids across the flip of the century. Phil Jevons, Danny Cadamarteri, and Nick Chadwick excited the locals, however not as a lot as the large-eared Jeffers.
Six objectives in 12 appearances over the 2000-01 marketing campaign inspired Arsene Wenger to desk a suggestion value round £10 million to take him to Arsenal. Displacing the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvain Wiltord, and Nwankwo Kanu was a troublesome ask, however Jeffers’ boss should’ve been shocked at how a lot he foundered.
He by no means lived as much as his obvious excessive ceiling, and was as an alternative held again by damage and disciplinary points as he went on to steer a nomadic existence. He was final sighted enjoying unsuccessful trials for Brunei DPMM, Chester Metropolis, and Bury in 2013.
four. Fernando Torres to Chelsea
A lot enterprise has been overseen since Roman Abramovich emptied his piggy financial institution into the Chelsea coffers that it is troublesome to not fill this listing with ex-Blues. Adrian Mutu, Mateja Kezman, and Andriy Shevchenko all slumped at Stamford Bridge, however it was maybe Torres who fell furthest behind what was anticipated of him.
The Spaniard’s aim towards Barcelona in April 2012 booked the membership’s route into the Champions League remaining (which the Blues would win) and ensured Torres left the followers with pleased reminiscences, however his strike price within the league was extra Andreas Cornelius than Andy Cole.
The £50-million striker scored sixty five occasions in 113 appearances for Liverpool, however after leaving for Chelsea in January 2011, his ruthlessness dipped to a report of 29 strikes in one hundred ten showings.
three. Bebe to Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson was round lengthy sufficient to make loads of dodgy signings. Along with his repeated failed makes an attempt to switch Schmeichel in aim, gamers reminiscent of David Bellion, Eric Djemba-Djemba, and Juan Sebastian Veron dropped nicely in need of the membership’s lofty expectations.
Nevertheless, few have been extra complicated acquisitions than the £7.four-million signing of Bebe in 2010.
His cameo from the bench towards Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2010 was his lowest ebb. He performed a number of wayward crosses and seemed out of form towards the struggling West Midlands membership, returning to the bench on seventy five minutes when he was substituted.
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The Portuguese winger was ultimately bought to Benfica in 2014.
2. Robbie Keane to Liverpool
“He is fast, he is pink, he feels like Father Ted. Robbie Keane, Robbie Keane …”
Sadly, this chant might solely be aired by Liverpool followers for seven months – the time it took him to return to Tottenham after a disappointing stint on Merseyside.
Following years of prolifically firing within the Premier League, Keane was a shocking bust. It took him 688 minutes to attain his first objective for the Reds – towards PSV Eindhoven in a three-1 Champions League win – and the £19-million Irishman was benched when Steven Gerrard was thrust greater up the pitch to help Torres in assault.
Keane was a Tottenham participant once more by the beginning of February for a minimize-worth £12-million payment.
1. Ali Dia to Southampton
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Probably the most infamous but nonetheless unbelievable tales in Premier League historical past options Ali Dia, a false cousin of Liberian nice George Weah and an alleged former striker for Paris Saint-Germain.
It was a hoax telephone name from a college pal of Dia’s that earned the phoney a trial at Southampton, and it was clear for some Saints gamers that he was ineffective. Nonetheless, within the midst of an damage disaster, supervisor Graeme Souness named the Senegalese on the bench towards Leeds in November 1996.
“He ran across the pitch like Bambi on ice,” Saints legend Le Tissier recalled to the Guardian’s Alan Smith. “It was very, very embarrassing to observe. We have been like: ‘What’s this geezer doing? He is hopeless.’ Graeme named him as a sub and we could not consider it. I obtained injured after 20 minutes and once I noticed him warming up, I am going: ‘Certainly not?’ Graeme put him on and he was f—ing hopeless, so he took him off once more. It was loopy.”
For 35 minutes, the prankster was a Premier League footballer and apparently earned round £2,000 in his two weeks on the south coast. After a brief spell with non-league Gateshead, he reportedly graduated from Northumbria College in 2001 with a level in enterprise research. His whereabouts since are unknown.
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