Following Alan Curbishley’s depature from West Ham, his dealings in the transfer market have come under increased scrutiny. Here is our rundown of his worst Hammers signings.
1. Freddie Ljungberg from Arsenal
Curbishley should have known that sneaky Arsene Wenger only sells his stars when they are past it. But West Ham forked out £3 million and some hefty wages to secure the Swede’s services. One injury-ravaged season later and they were paying him not to play for them as they terminated his contract.
2. Calum Davenport from Tottenham
Spurs paid £1.3 million for Davenport and he was a flop, so why did Curbs think paying £3 million for him would make him a better player? No, we don’t know either. Precisely a year after signing him, Curbishley was sending the centre-back out on loan to Watford.
3. Nigel Quashie from West Brom
There is never, under any circumstances, an excuse for a top-flight manager to be buy Nigel Quashie. It is like a secret code between the manager and the fans: “We are probably going to get relegated but, hey, I’ve bought Nigel Quashie so you can get used to watching Championship quality football.” The £1.5 million would have been better invested in a solid bronze statue of Glenn Roeder to stand outside Upton Park.
4. Luis Boa Morte from Fulham
The Portuguese international has been transferred four times during his career, but only Alan Curbishley has felt the need to spend £5 million on him. That is more than twice his next biggest transfer fee. He has weighed in with a couple of important goals for West Ham, but Hammers fans generally acknowledge him to be a waste of space.
5. Lucas Neill from Blackburn
Smashing your wage structure to convince a player to join you instead of a top-four club is always going to be a dangerous game, but Curbishley played along. His ambitious captain reportedly turned on him following Saturday’s victory over Blackburn telling Curbs to show some leadership now the players have “kept you in a job”.
6.Kieron Dyer from Newcastle
The £6 million man has barely kicked a ball for West Ham since his move from Newcastle, albeit Curbishley couldn’t do too much about his broken leg. Some West Ham fans have suggested that not all the club’s injury woes can be coincidence and blame Curbishley for the squad of sicknotes.