Top 10 Premier League big money flops
Throughout the Premier League era, some signings have paid off emphatically, but there has been occasions when big money was not so well spent. Below is its top 10 big money flops:
Juan Sebastian Veron
Signed by Manchester United in 2001 for a then English transfer record of £28.1m, Veron proved to be a disappointment, despite being highly regarded overseas. He struggled to adapt to the Premier League and after two years at Old Trafford and an equally ill-fated spell at Chelsea, he left English football.
Shevchenko had gained a reputation as one of the most feared strikers in Europe, after having an excellent scoring record for Milan. Much was expected of him when Chelsea paid £30m for the Ukrainian in 2006, but he rarely delivered, scoring just nine goals in 47 appearances.
A former strike partner of Shevchenko, Rebrov also struggled in the Premier League in spells at Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. Signed by Tottenham for £11m in 2000, he went on to score just 10 goals in 59 appearances.
A fee of £8m is high for a defender, but Newcastle paid that to bring the Frenchman to St. James’ Park. He had a miserable spell in the North East, making error after error before leaving in 2006 after a year and-a-half with the club.
The Brazilian striker had a miserable time at Manchester City after signing for £19m in 2008. Despite improving his record slightly on loan at Everton, he ended his time in the Premier League with a paltry six goals in 48 games.
Manchester City broke the English transfer record by splashing over £32m on the Brazilian star in 2008, but despite a good start, he failed to live up to his fee and left in 2010 following a disappoing second season where he fell down the pecking order.
The Frenchman was a marquee signing for Fulham when he arrived in West London in 2001 for £11.5m following their promotion to the Premier League, but failed to live up to expectation, scoring 11 goals in 54 matches.
The Senegalese winger was signed by Liverpool for £11m in 2002, but he rarely found the net and proved a disruptive influence. He has forged a long career in English football since then, but his record of three goals in 69 appearances showed that he could not cut it at one of the big clubs.
Signed in January 2008 from Heerenveen, Afonso Alves became Middlesbrough’s record buy for a reported €20m. He often found it difficult, and just 10 goals in 42 games eventually contributed to Boro’s 2009 relegation.
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