The worst buys in the Premier League history
10. Kleberson, Atletico Paranaense to Manchester United - £6.5million
Signed as a replacement for Veron, Kleberson did not even have a lot to live up to, but he still feel someway short. Making just 20 appearances in two years, Kleberson was not blighted by injuries, he was just not very good.
9. Adrian Mutu, Parma to Chelsea - £16million
4 goals in 3 games indicated that Chelsea had made a cracking signing, however the goals dried up and Mutu failed a drugs test and was banned before being transferred back to Italy. The legal case for Mutu being forced to compensate Chelsea’s losses is still ongoing, and the striker has since failed another drugs test in Italy which resulted him being excluded from the FIFAPro list. This means you can no longer make Chelsea’s mistake by signing the Romanian on FIFA games.
8. Xisco, Deportivo to Newcastle - £5.7million
A debut goal against Hull gave hints that Xisco could develop into a fine player for the Magpies. He made just 8 more appearances before being loaned back to clubs in Spain. Reports are that Newcastle paid the Spain U21 international’s wages until his transfer in 2011.
7. Veron, Lazio to Manchester United - £28million
The most expensive player in Premier League history was considered one of the best midfielders in the world when he moved from Italy in 2001. he failed to adapt to the pace of English football and suffered with injuries. Would have been higher on the list had United not recouped £15million from Chelsea when he moved to London in 2003.
6. Jo, CSKA Moscow to Manchester City - £19million
Manchester City’s record signing for 2 months. Jo had impressed while in Russia, and was set to be the outstanding signing of Thaksin Shinawatra’s regime. He netted just one league goal, in a 6-0 thrashing of Portsmouth in 21 games, before being loaned to Everton and eventually shipped back to Brazil.
5. El-Hadji Diouf, Lens to Liverpool - £10million
After tearing Zidane’s France apart in the opening match of the 2002 world cup, the Senegalese striker was viewed by some as one of the best players in the world. He was even placed in Pele’s 125 greatest living players list. Liverpool paid £10million for the striker. He was not only disappointing on the pitch, but made a reputation as a thoroughly disruptive character off the pitch.
4. Robbie Keane, Tottenham to Liverpool - £20million
Yet another boyhood dream move for Robbie Keane. He was billed as the man who would perfectly partner Fernando Torres in the red’s strike force. He had topped the league’s scoring chart in 2007 and become a Spurs legend, but his season at Liverpool was more than disappointing, 5 goals in 19 games was summed up in a match against Sunderland when his run impeded Torres from scoring.
3. Alberto Aquilani, Robbie Keane to Liverpool - £20million
Signed as a replacement for departing Xavi Alonso for £20million, Aquilani’s ill-fated stay at Liverpool is technically still ongoing, as he remains on their books despite this being his second season on loan in Italy. In truth the Italian is not totally to blame for this signing not working. He was injured upon arrival and had been signed to replace a player who played in a different position. He made just 18 appearances at Liverpool, the majority of which were late substitute appearances.
2. Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan to Chelsea - £30million
Controversy surrounded the Ukrainians move from Milan to Chelsea. Many believed that the transfer was one orchestrated by Roman Abramovic as his wife and Shevchenko’s were good friends. Despite this controversy no one denied that Chelsea had signed one of the best players to have played in Europe for the last few years. The former European player of the year managed 9 goals in 47 league appearances before being shipped back to AC Milan on loan.
1. Fernando Torres, Liverpool to Chelsea - £50million
Possibly the easiest spot to fill on this list. The Spaniard had been wavering in his final months at Liverpool, but was still considered to be one of the best players in the world. Having scored two in a superb performance earlier in the season against Chelsea, the Blue’s made a deadline day bid of £50million for the striker. To date he has rewarded them with just 4 league goals, costing a princely £12.5million per Premier League Goal.
The other candidates:
Eric Djemba-Djemba, Francis Jeffers, Johan Elmander, Robinho, Bebe, Hernan Crespo, Alfonso Alves
Any other suggestions?