Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Five worst ever Premier League transfer flops


Throughout the history of the Premier League, there have been many memorable players to grace the division. But for every superstar to arrive in the prestigious English top-flight, there are also those who fail to live up to expectations. So, we look back on five of the biggest Premier League flops in recent seasons.  

Andy Carroll 


After the arrival of Luis Suarez at Anfield, Liverpool fans were expecting further huge signings – and they got one, in the form of Andy Carroll. The towering frontman was then made the most expensive Englishman in the Premier League, after his £35 million switch from Newcastle United.  His career can be easily summed up. Six goals in 44 outings, injuries, frustration and off-the-field rumours. Carroll's current club West Ham United are an outside 66/1 with bet365 in the Premier League betting to face relegation this season.

Fernando Torres 

A familiar face up next, with Torres having gone from Reds hero to Blues zero in just a matter of months. Chelsea signed the Spaniard from Liverpool for a mammoth £50 million in January 2011.  He went on to score a dismal seven goals in his two Premier League campaigns in London. When the term 'waste of money' is ever mentioned, Torres is undoubtedly the first name that springs to mind. However, he did manage to pick up FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League honours while there!

Eric Djemba-Djemba  


So bad they named him twice! Or so the saying goes. Djemba-Djemba arrived at Old Trafford back in 2003 with a big reputation, having been dauntingly billed as the next Roy Keane.  Things didn't exactly go according to plan, however, as it took just 20 appearances after his £3.5 million move from Nantes for supporters to realise he wouldn't be following in the footsteps of their famous former Irish captain. The midfielder instead has been dubbed Sir Alex Ferguson's worst ever signing during an illustrious career at Manchester United.

Afonso Alves 

 An incredible 45 goals struck in 39 games for Heerenveen in the Eredivisie, a tally both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo would be proud of, saw Alves rise to prominence. Surely that clinical eye for goal would see the Brazilian become a success in England?  Unfortunately not, for Middlesbrough. The forward was an instant flop, as he averaged less than one strike every four games for the club, with 10 in 42 games after arriving for a substantial £13 million.

Konstantinos Mitroglou 

Premier League relegation looms. The January transfer market is open. There's millions to spend. Who do you sign? Greek forward Mitroglou, of course! That's the decision that London outfit Fulham made back in January 2014. Such a move turned out to be an absolute disaster at Craven Cottage, with Mitroglou failing to deliver upon his arrival in the capital.  The flop forward ended up playing just three games for the club as they were ultimately relegated from the Premier League. He later joined Olympiakos on loan for a season in August after a nightmare spell. This is a prime example of a huge gamble gone completely wrong for clubs in England's top tier division.