Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s best signings, here is the worst signings of the season so far. The Premier League transfer market dabbling which currently look like the buying clubs involved were ripped off.
1. Laurent Koscielny
Arsene Wenger spent relatively big on his defence this summer, not least £8.5 million on the French defender. But after the humiliating defeat to Spurs, and a few other dodgy looking displays, it is difficult to see if the Gunners defence is any safer than it was with Toure-Gallas.
2. Stephen Ireland
Once the heartbeat of the Manchester City midfield, then frozen out, then sold and now? Giving a pretty good account of why he was frozen out and then sold. Ireland can’t get a game in a Villa midfield which was largely still at school when he made his Citeh debut.
When he has played well, he has earned rave reviews. But when Chelsea have come up against tough, all-action midfields – as they did in the defeats to Sunderland and Birmingham – Ramires has looked lightweight and out of his depth.
4. Jelle Van Damme
The Wolves signing’s transfer fee was undisclosed, but it was rumoured to be around £3 million. He has mustered three games for Wolves, moaned about being homesick and begun negotiations on a return to former club Anderlecht in January. To add insult to injury for Mick McCarthy, Anderlecht apparently don’t value Van Damme at the £3 million they received for him!
5. Milan Jovanovic
Milan Jovanovic looked like a decent signing for Liverpool at the World Cup. But he has recently announced a hiatus from international football, saying he doesn’t want to be selected until his is playing and playing well for his club. Easier said than done at Liverpool right now.
6. Joe Cole
There will have been more than one Chelsea fan who mourned one of the Mourinho-era pin-up boys leaving the club. At the moment, not giving him a new contract looks like an excellent piece of business as he struggles to make an impression for Liverpool.
7. Yaya Toure
Recently featured in our Top 10 overpaid Premier League players, and the Ivorian is here again now. It has come as no great surprise to OTP than Toure has not yet outed himself as one of the greatest players in the world since arriving at Manchester City. Since they’re paying him enough to be at the very pinnacle of football’s elite and forked out a £24 million transfer fee, that has to go down as bad business.
8. James Perch
If any player has ever had Championship utility man written all over him it has to be James Perch. That made Newcastle’s long-term pursuit of him all the more bewildering. Nottingham Forest turned down ‘derisory’ offers for him last January before agreeing a deal in the summer. Perch managed a record for bookings after getting a yellow card in each of his first five Premier League games, before scoring an calamitous own goal against Stoke. Since then, he’s disappeared off the radar a bit.
9. Mauro Boselli
Wigan’s record signing’s contribution so far this season could be described as bit-part at best. The Argentine hot-shot has not been so hot since arriving from Estudiantes, though bizarrely his abysmal start to life at the DW Stadium saw him linked with a January move to Manchester United!
10. Christian Poulsen
Stepping into Javier Mascherano’s boots when the Argentine had already been wearing both his own and Xabi Alonso’s footwear was never going to be easy. Liverpool’s dire opening to the season has arguably made Poulsen an easy target. Nonetheless, it is difficult to say that Reds supporters have ended up with like-for-like.
With thanks to OTP reader Nick for doing the bulk of the work compiling this!