Roque Santa Cruz
The Paraguayan moved to Blackburn in 2007 for what appeared an absolute steal at £3.5m (via the Daily Mirror). And that figure seemed even better when he managed 19 goals in his first season. His next year was much less promising, as he only found the back of the net four times.
Nevertheless, Manchester City decided to fork out £17m on him that summer (via ESPN). Needless to say, that was not money well spent.
Ipswich Town qualified for the UEFA Cup 14 years ago largely because of Marcus Stewart’s goals. The Tractor Boys’ first season back in the Premier League resulted in a fifth place finish, and 19 strikes for the forward. Unfortunately, the next campaign was a completely different story. Stewart scored just six times, and Ipswich were relegated.
Signing the Egyptian on loan in 2008 appeared to be a master stroke, when he scored ten goals before January in his first season at Wigan. However, he was unable to add to his tally, and the Latics appeared to make little attempt to keep him at the end of the year.
He would also play six games for Hull in 2010, but failed to find the back of the net.