Yes you guessed it…Daily Mail again!
We are moving nearer to the business end of this extensive list. Now we are dealing with the real crud in the gutter!
30 Ali Dia (Southampton, free – 1996)
29 Bruno Cheyrou (Lille to Liverpool, £3.5m – 2002)
28 Helder Postiga (FC Porto to Tottenham, £6.5m – 2003)
27 Jo (CSKA Moscow to Manchester City, £19m – 2008)
26 Richard Wright (Ipswich to Arsenal, £6m – 2001)
25 David Bentley (Blackburn to Tottenham, £15m – 2008)
24 Marcelino (Real Mallorca to Newcastle, £6.7m – 1999)
23 Paolo Tramezzani (Piacenza to Tottenham, £3m – 1998)
22 Andrea Silenzi (Torino to Nottingham Forest, £1.8m – 1995)
21 Stephane Guivarc’h (Auxerre to Newcastle, £3.5m – 1998)
Oh yes there are some fine choices here. Some of these i had managed to wipe from my mind, perhaps as some sub-conscious attempt to protect my fragile state of mind. Who could forget What-a-mess (don’t remember the cartoon? CLICK HERE) lookalike Andres Silenzi, boy he was so bad he made strike partner Jason Lee look good.
Ali Dia was of course famous for persuading Graeme Souness that he was George Weah’s cousin and that he had played for Paris St Germain as well as at international level, none of which was true. Souness, the astute manager that he is, believed him and let him come on as sub for the great Matt Le Tissier, only for it to become abundantly clear just how crap he was and he was subbed himself 20 minutes later! The kind of story that will surely one day be made into a film!
Anyway, thoughts on this latest batch of transfer blunders please.