Errors of judgement from Anfield, Eastlands, Stamford Bridge and Upton Park to name just a few.
Roque Santa Cruz (Manchester City)
Imagine you have enough money to keep buying strikers even after you already had too many for both your first team and reserves. If you don’t have to imagine this then you are the owners of Manchester City Football Club. Talk about putting a players career in limbo. Expect the Paraguayan to consider his options whilst living in a house made entirely of gold.
Stefan Maierhofer (Wolves)
Stefan Maierhofer may not be a household name, in fact we reckon that people who live in his house are not quite sure who he is and why he keeps sitting in the front room and watching Emmerdale. The Austrian international, well that’s not that tough is it, arrived at Wolves scored on his debut, didn’t do much, got injured, went out on loan to Bristol City and didn’t do much. Expect a sale back to his homeland this summer.
Mido (West Ham United)
OK so he only arrived on loan and proclaimed “I had to sacrifice some things but I’m here to play football again and I’m here to prove a point. I’m very happy to be here, it’s a great club – and I’m sure I’ll do well here.” the problem was he didn’t do well.
Jason Scotland (Wigan Athletic)
When a striker has to wait until his 29th game to open his Premier League account then you know something isn’t quite right. If ever there was a player who didn’t quite manage the jump from the Championship to the top tier then its the Trinidad & Tobago international.
Benni McCarthy (West Ham United)
Sorry Hammers fans but we have another entry. Some may say McCarthy’s inclusion on this list is hasty but I have spoken to enough Upton Park regulars to know that this deal was doomed from the beginning. The temperamental South African only managed five appearances before injury struck but he still looked a shadow of the player who was only average to begin with.
Alberto Aquilani (Liverpool)
Whilst its true that the Italian hasn’t had much of a look in, what with injuries and Rafa not actually appearing to have much faith in the player he purchased from Roma for a very large amount of money (yes I know that only some of it is up front), one has to look at the signing as a whole and its just one of those that keeps people scratching their heads in confusion. Clearly the midfielder could turn around and put in an excellent season next term but for now he is definitely one of the worst signings of the 09/10.
Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea)
Now this one may be a little contentious but let me explain. I am a big fan of the Russian left sided player. He has great touch and ability and was wonderful at Euro 2008 but why on earth buy a player for £18m and then essentially only have him around on the off chance that Ashley Cole gets injured? Luckily for the former CSKA Moscow man, Cole did miss a chunk of the season but in many ways he could see his career stutter at Chelsea.
Andre Bikey (Burnley)
Former Reading defender Bikey could be politely described as uncompromising. However it is far more accurate to label the Cameroon man as pretty damn awful. The type of player you watch in action and wonder “how the hell did he manage to eek out a career in the Premier League?”.
Habib Beye (Aston Villa)
The former Newcastle United man is probably wondering if he will ever play for the Villa Park outfit again and my money would be on the answer being an emphatic “NO”. Then let the record show that his last appearance would be in the club’s 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Chelsea.
Mike Williamson (Portsmouth)
Such was the traumatic time at Fratton Park that a few of their signings could have made this list but the one who stood head and shoulders above the rest was a certain Mike Williamson who incredibly went from playing at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two in January of 2009 to being purchased by Premier League side Portsmouth in just eight months later (with a spell at Watford in between). He cost Pompey £3m but did not play a single game before being signing for Newcastle United with whom he helped to win the Championship title. The 26 year old is on this list not because he isn’t talented, because the defender is actually pretty good, but because his purchase by the south coast club was indicative of the crazy manner in which they have been run, or not run, as the case may be.