So far, only Marouane Fellaini has joined Manchester United since David Moyes took charge, so this is a list of his five worst purchases while manager of Everton:
James Beattie had a wonderful scoring record at Southampton, with his form earning him an England appearance in 2003. Sadly for Everton and David Moyes, he arrived at Goodison Park beyond his peak and struggled for consistency despite plenty of opportunities, and his disappointing two year spell ended with just 13 goals in 76 Premier League outings.
The Welshman has been a key player for Tottenham and Fulham in a long Premier League career, but his time under David Moyes was nothing to write home about. He spent a long time out injured, and when he did play, he scored just one goal in 45 Premier League appearances for the Toffees.
David Moyes’ biggest flop while at Everton was the signing of defender Per Kroldrup from Udinese in the summer of 2005. He made just two appearances before suffering from injury, and generally struggled to adapt to the physical nature of the Premier League. After just one season, he returned to Serie A.
Andy van der Meyde
Dutch international van der Meyde was originally seen to be a very good acquisition when he arrived in 2005. However, he also struggled in English football, and had a difficult relationship with Moyes. He did end up staying for four years, making just 20 league appearances, and he fell a long way down the pecking order in the process.
Signed from Brazilian side Botafogo in 2002, Everton had high hopes for Rodrigo, but the striker could only manage four substitute appearances. In all fairness, he did struggle with injury during his loan spell, but overall it was seen as a resounding disappointment.
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