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The ten worst signings in Premier League history, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Sunderland flops


TRULY TERRIBLE

Can you recall any of these awful buys?

Since the Premier League began 26 years ago, there have been some truly wonderful players to have graced the top flight.

However, the English top-flight has also been home to some of the worst footballers in recent memory.

Here, talkSPORT.com take you through the top ten worst signings of all time.

10. Eric Djemba-Djemba (Manchester United)

Strange signings made by Sir Alex Ferguson could have its own sub-category. Earmarked a successor to the mighty Roy Keane, the Cameroonian proved he was completely out of his depth at Old Trafford. While he may have had a similar aggressive style to the Irishman, that’s where the comparisons ended for Djemba-Djemba, who after 18 awful months, left for Aston Villa, much to the relief of United supporters.

Eric Djemba-Djemba struggled badly at Manchester United

9. Jozy Altidore (Hull City, Sunderland)

Strong, quick and able to hold up the ball, the American was the archetypal striker, only problem being he could not find the back of the net. Clumsy on the ball and erratic in front of goal, Altidore scored just twice across two spells in the Premier League, totalling 70 appearances.

Jozy Altidore was awful in the Premier League

Jozy Altidore was awful in the Premier League

8. Bebe (Manchester United)

Recommended by former assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, Bebe was signed by United with Ferguson only meeting the player the day before he completed his transfer. Bebe failed to enjoy quite the same success as his Portuguese compatriots Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani and after two Premier League matches and countless loan spells over four years, he finally left.

Bebe flopped at Old Trafford

Bebe flopped at Old Trafford

7. Marco Boogers (West Ham United)

After a decade playing in his native Holland, Boogers was signed by the Hammers without then manager Harry Redknapp having ever seen him play.

Boogers’ lasting impression on the Premier League was made to the shin of Gary Neville, earning him a straight red card. Four more substitute appearances followed before he was deemed surplus to requirements.

6. Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal)

Cruelly dubbed ‘Sanogoals’ for his failure to score, the gangly Frenchman was awkward and cloddish, somehow bumbling his way through 20 appearances for the Gunners, netting just once. Although it was the opener in a Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund.

Yaya Sangogo was a striker who could not score

Yaya Sangogo was a striker who could not score

5. Winston Bogarde (Chelsea)

Usually one of the first names on a worst signing list, the Dutchman spent much of his time at Stamford Bridge, while picking up £40,000 a week, on the bench. Only the 11 matches in four years tells it’s own story and Bogarde promptly retired in 2005.

Winston Bogarde spent much of his time on the bench at Chelsea

Winston Bogarde spent much of his time on the bench at Chelsea

4. Iago Aspas (Liverpool)

To this day, Liverpool supporters still remember Aspas for ‘that corner’ during their crucial 2-0 defeat to Chelsea which ended their challenge for the title. Lightweight and not particularly quick, he never looked liked scoring in the Premier League and he didn’t, with his only strike coming in a cup clash against the mighty Oldham Athletic.

Iago Aspas endured a woeful time at Liverpool

Iago Aspas endured a woeful time at Liverpool

3. Amaury Bischoff (Arsenal)

A bizarre signing by Arsene Wenger and one many Arsenal fans will struggle to even recall. The midfielder made four appearances in the cup competitions and played once in the Premier League for 26 minutes. Strange.

Amaury Bischoff (2nd R) was a strange signing by Arsene Wenger

Amaury Bischoff (2nd R) was a strange signing by Arsene Wenger

2. Massimo Taibi (Manchester United)

Named man of the match on his debut against Liverpool, life began promisingly for the Italian, who had been drafted into replace Peter Schmeichel. His time at the club however, would quickly turn into a nightmare, when he conceded a howler against Matt Le Tissier and only played four more times, one of those being a 5-0 thrashing away to Chelsea.

Massimo Taibi concedes a fifth against Chelsea

Massimo Taibi concedes a fifth against Chelsea

1.Ali Dia (Southampton)

Without doubt, the worst Premier League player in history, Dia is believed to have called a number of clubs claiming to be the legendary George Weah’s cousin. Saints manager Graeme Souness took the gamble and gave him his chance. After 53 minutes of aimless running and showing no football acumen whatsoever, he was eventually taken off never to be seen again.


Source : TalkSport

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