TOP 10 WORST PREMIER LEAGUE SIGNINGS
Added on: 28th Nov 2014
Brolin arrived at Leeds with a massive reputation.
Classy performances at Euro ’92 and World Cup ’94, where
Sweden made the last four on both occasions, convinced
Howard Wilkinson that Brolin would be the perfect foil for
Tony Yeboah. Unfortunately, injury led to weight gain and weight
gain led to mediocrity and ridicule from fans across the land.
Brolin was quickly loaned out and retired at the age of 29.
Jean Tigana signed Steve Marlet for Fulham for £11.5m
back in 2001, Fulham’s record signing. Marlet went on to repay
the manager’s faith by scoring one goal for every million pounds
of investment (11 goals in 54 appearances to be precise).
In 2004, Fulham’s chairman, Mohammed Al Fayed took Tigana
to court, claiming the manager had overspent on the striker.
The wonderfully erratic striker holds a prestigious distinction:
he was the first Italian to play in English football.
But after failing to score one league goal in an abysmal two year spell
at the City Ground, Dave Bassett ripped up his contract.
Boogers was signed for West Ham in 1995, by Harry Redknapp.
“I signed Boogers off a video,” said Redknapp, “He was a good
player but a nutter.” Boogers was sent off in his second match for the
Hammers, after a horror tackle on Gary Neville. The Dutchman was
to make only two more appearances for West Ham and was quickly
shipped out on loan.
You couldn’t fault the Dutchman’s pedigree:
the Ajax graduate had spells at Milan and Barcelona before arriving
at the end of Gianluca Vialli’s reign. Chelsea then paid £40,000
a week for four years for nine full appearances with Bogarde stubbornly
refusing to move.
Signed by Arsene Wenger in 2001 for £8m, Jeffers never
lived up to his hype as the “fox in the box” Arsenal so craved.
Four goals in 22 appearances and Franny was quickly loaned back
to Everton and eventually sold to Charlton.
JUAN SEBASTIAN VERON
After years of dominance with the Giggs-Keane-Scholes-Beckham
midfield quartet, Sir Alex lashed out £28.1 million on Argentinian
starlet Juan Sebastian Veron. But, after 51 appearances for
the Red Devils and only 7 goals, it was widely perceived that
Veron had struggled to keep pace with the English game. When
Abramovich came calling for the Argentine for £15 million in 2003,
Fergie ate humble pie and when Mourinho came to Chelsea in 2004,
Veron was quickly shown the door, again.
Throughout the ‘90s, Dynamo Kiev blazed an unlikely trail
sparked by their prolific double act. While that duo’s
Batman, Andriy Shevchenko secured a move to mighty Milan,
Sergei “Robin” Rebrov made do with an £11m transfer to
George Graham’s Tottenham side. Here followed three years
of unrelenting toil: 10 goals in 60 games, one in his last 30 appearances
and equally uninspired loan spells at Fenerbache and West Ham.
Four games and 10 goals conceded. A poor record for any
'keeper, let alone a Manchester United 'keeper. Dubbed the
"Venetian Blind" by the Financial Times after letting a tame
Matthew Le Tissier strike through his legs, Fergie, who’d laid out
£4.5 million on the keeper, soon wielded the axe and packed
Massimo off to Reggina.
After scoring 31 goals in 80 appearances for Newcastle,
Liverpool parted with £35 million of the £50 million war-chest
they’d raised from the sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.
Fast forward 18 months and the 6ft 3in target-man has only
netted 6 goals in 42 appearances for Liverpool.