Well we had a look at some of the star signings of the season so it is only fair that we have a look at the flops signings of the season, so here we go.
Wigan paid £6.5 million for the Argentinean, who had scored 27 goals in 40 games the previous season for Estudiantes. With a goal scoring record Wigan had hoped they had signed a striker that was going to be strong and good in the air. While at Estudiantes he won the Primera Division and the Copa Libertadores, The South American Champions League. With that experience no doubt Wigan had hoped that he would be able to deal with the Premiership, but unfortunately it seems he couldn’t. He made 8 appearances in the Premiership, and 4 in the Carling Cup where he scored his only goal for Wigan. He was loaned out to Genoa in the Seire A but has again not been able to find form. He has only come on for Genoa making 5 appearances from the subs bench, but has scored twice. With all the hope that was in this transfer and the price tag, with the fact he was unable to settle and was loaned out its very clear why this was one of the flops of the season.
Well there is a lot to say here, but not a lot about what he has done on the pitch. His performances, the 2 that he has had, have been poor. Last season he was playing in the Portuguese second division with Estrela da Amadora. He made 26 appearances scoring 4 goals which earned him a transfer to Vitória de Guimarães. He didn’t play a single game for them though, only being at the club for 5 weeks before United stepped in and signed him for a reported £7.6 million. The rumours of Sir Alex Ferguson not seeing Bebe play, either live or on video tape, and went on the word of former assistant manager Carlos Queiroz to sign him. The general conclusion on what people have seen is that this seems to be a very curious transfer as for the money, and the circumstances, it just doesn’t make sense.
It may seem harsh to put him in to this list of flops, but it’s more because of his attitude than his performances while on the pitch. His ability is clear to see, but with Inter happy to see the back of him, to spend £24 million doesn’t seem not be a bargain. He has scored 6 times in 15 appearances and has shown the qualities he has but his attitude is what has had people talking about him for all the wrong reasons, even with the seeming pro publicity campaign that seems to be in effect. This is a player that has all the talent, but the worse attitude, and makes him a player that teams should stay away from.
Another expensive transfer that has not represented good value for money. Dzeko came in with a reputation around Europe as a top goal scorer having in the previous season at Wolfsburg scored 22 goals in 34 games and the season before that 26 goals in 32 games. Even in the season when he joined City for Wolfsburg he managed 10 goals in 17 games, but since his move to Manchester City he has 13 games but only managed 1 goal. 1 goal for £27 million is an expensive flop.
With Javier Mascherano leaving, Liverpool were in need of a good defensive midfielder, a good ball winner and fighter. But with all the players to choose from, Liverpool ended up signing a player that Juventus fans couldn’t wait to see the back of! Only making 11 appearances all season, his performances have not shown Liverpool fans anything really to cheer about, With Kenny Dalglish making Liverpool a much more attacking side the need for a Mascherano type player wasn’t as much in need, but if it was, Poulsen is not that player.
Another Liverpool signing pre Dalglish here and this one doesn’t have a high price as Joe Cole signed on a free transfer but the £80,000 a week on a five year deal for a player that is past his best and injury prone, just doesn’t make much sense. He has scored twice for Liverpool in 17 showings, but the level of those games have not been what people remember in his Chelsea or even West Ham days. He has not done enough for Liverpool to keep faith in him, and may not have done enough for clubs to what to spend money and come in for him, so next season may be a difficult one for Cole, being mainly on the bench for the Reds.
Again another poor Liverpool transfer this one being attributed to then manager Roy Hodgson. Liverpool had let Fabio Auerilo leave, and Hodgson replaced him. When Hodgson and Liverpool parted way, Konchesky’s days were numbered. He was shipped out on loan to Nottingham Forest. The fans very unhappy with the signing of Konchesky as they wanted signings that were going to push them forward and in the same way they were not happy with the signing with Poulsen.
Arsenal signed the 30 year old French defender to bolster their defence and add experience; something all Arsenal fans have said was needed. But that didn’t work out as planned. Squillaci should have been what Arsenal needed with experience and a strong aerial presence, but neither seems to have come with him from Sevilla. Arsenal have had to rely on Djourou, 24, and Laurent Koscielny, 25. Koscielny was only playing in the second French division two seasons ago, and although he has come under some criticism for some poor performances, but Squillaci has been by far much worse for Arsenal that he takes the flop signing way ahead of Koscielny.
Well I think everyone knows why this transfer is here as a flop. For the money spent only 1 goal, and now not even started many games, but Drogba and Anelka have been the chosen front men. Torres was not happy with what was going on at Liverpool and felt as if it was time to move on and wanted to be playing in the Champions League again, but the cloud that was hanging over him, affecting his performances for Liverpool, seems to have followed him down to Chelsea as he just doesn’t look the player he once was, and definitely doesn’t look £50 million’s worth! This transfer had so many people in shock, and that was for more than one reason. 1.) The fact that Torres left, and that it was for Chelsea and 2.) That Chelsea paid that much for a player in such poor form. Next season may see a resurgence and the money look a bargain, but as for this season, it was a major flop!