Top 10 Premier League transfer flops of the season 2012-13
With the dust about to settle on another Premier League season, OTP looks at the top-flight teams’ dodgiest transfer investments.
1. Chris Samba (QPR)
QPR’s super-heavyweight defender tops our list after his arrival in January. Brought in to bolster the R’s brittle defence, he succeeded only in adding an extra dimension of calamity. The Loftus Road faithful should have known trouble was afoot when, amid controversy about his transfer fee and wages, Samba began making excuses about his match fitness.
2. Scott Sinclair (Manchester City)
We criticised Sinclair at the start of the season for making the same mistake twice. After not getting much action at Chelsea, he had begun building a career at Swansea. But he moved to City and has ended up warming the bench for a Premier League big boy again.
3. Javi Garcia (Manchester City)
No wonder Roberto Mancini was annoyed at City’s transfer business last summer. They let Nigel De Jong go on the cheap and signed £16 million Garcia as his replacement. Has he done anything to justify that price tag? Not really. Has he done anything better than De Jong did it? Probably not.
4. Joe Allen (Liverpool)
There’s no doubt the Reds see Allen as a long-term investment but even his biggest advocate, Brendan Rodgers, has struggled to find a starting berth for him. He still has time to build a career at Anfield but, at £15 million, he has to go down as a flop this season.
5. Junior Hoilett (QPR)
Last season, Hoilett was one of the few bright sparks in a hopeless Blackburn team. This term, he’s been one of the most hopeless players in a hapless QPR team. The Canada international has been a shadow of his former self. His game was built on dribbling and beating opponents, and he hasn’t been able to do either this season.
6. Emmanuel Adebayor (Spurs)
Adebayor isn’t getting off the hook on the basis of that virtuoso display against Chelsea and winner against Stoke. After a £5 million move from Manchester City, the Togo international has barely even been able to look bothered this season, let alone posed a serious goalscoring threat.
7. Danny Graham (Sunderland)
The former Swansea man was snapped up in January to play understudy to Steven Fletcher. He has not been able to make an impression and, even with Fletcher out injured, has been unable to impose himself on opposition defences. As a result Newcastle fans and Black Cats with a sense of humour have dubbed the Geordie striker Agent Graham.
8. Esteban Granero (QPR)
After some decent showings from the fringes of the Real Madrid first-team, we’re sure we weren’t the only ones expecting to see Granero thrive with regular football at QPR. But partly due to his side being hopeless, partly due to being played in odd positions and partly due to his failure to get to grips with the Premier League, the Spaniard has been a big flop this season. A £9 million flop, too.
9. Jack Rodwell (Manchester City)
There were plenty of eyebrows raised when City spent £12 million on Everton youngster Rodwell. With question marks over his ability to add anything to the then champions’ squad, a string of injury lay-offs have ensured that he hasn’t even come close to proving the doubters wrong. Another with time on his side but, again, Mancini’s disgust at the club’s transfer policy last summer spoke volumes.
10. Marko Marin (Chelsea)
Everyone wants to bring young German players to their club this season, but it looks like Chelsea backed the wrong horse last time round. The 24-year-old has barely featured since his £7 million move from Werder Bremen last summer. Marin is already being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in the not too distant future.