The 30 worst value-for-money signings involving an English club

    The 30 worst value-for-money signings involving an English club has been revealed and it certainly makes for interesting reading.

    A survey was conducted by Virgin Media O2 with 2,000 fans polled to highlight the Transfer Centre Tool, which display the latest transfers as they happen.

    It’s revealed that Andy Carroll move to Liverpool in 2011, with a fee of £36million has been voted the worst ever Premier League signing.

    The player – who these days finds himself playing Championship football for Reading, had endured an injury-prone career.

    He managed just 11 goals in 58 appearances during his three years at Liverpool before being moved on. 

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    Fernando Torres moving from Liverpool to Chelsea – in the same window Andy Carroll came in – was deemed the third biggest waste of money according to football supporters.

    Remember when Alexis Sánchez was unveiled with the Chilean himself playing the piano after switching Arsenal for Manchester United in 2018? He was voted the sixth biggest waste of cash, however their was no actual transfer fee, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way. Nonetheless fans still mentioned him and he makes the list.

    David Bouchier, chief TV and entertainment officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “Football fans love nothing more than talking about transfer gossip, and that is why we have launched a new live transfer tracking tool to keep them up to date with the latest ins and outs.

    “As our research has shown, fans have a clear passion for how their club navigates the transfer window, with strong views on what makes a good or bad signing.

    “The January transfer window looks set to conclude in exciting fashion, with many players set to be on the move – so fans can be confident in our online tool to keep them one step ahead of the game.”

    Further research discovered that over half of fans (53 percent) have cheekily chanted “What a waste of money” at a rival’s poorly-performing big signing.

    Six in ten admit they “love it” when a rival team bringin a player who turns out to be a flop.

    Just under four in ten (39 percent) reckon the club they support is worst of them all when it comes to duff signings.

    Though, strangely, nearly half (47 percent) admit that despite a signing for their team turning out to be disappointing, they still look back at their time with the club with nostalgic fondness.

    It also emerged that the vast majority (75 percent) of supporters believe transfer fees are too high in the modern game, according to the OnePoll figures.

    Over half (56 percent) would like to see transfer fees and salaries capped, with 86 percent lying blame at the agents for rising prices.

    63 percent claim the astronomical fees involved in football have started to “put them off” the sport with many turning to non league and that’s why there is such a big rise in those attendances in the lower depths of English football.


    Andy Carroll, Newcastle to Liverpool – £36m, 2011
    Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool to Barcelona – £140m, 2018
    Fernando Torres, Liverpool to Chelsea – £52m, 2011
    Ángel di María, Real Madrid to Man United – £67m, 2014
    Danny Drinkwater, Leicester to Chelsea – £34m, 2017
    Alexis Sánchez, Arsenal to Man United – swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 2018
    Nicolas Pepe, Lille to Arsenal – £72m, 2019
    Mario Balotelli, AC Milan to Liverpool – £18m, 2014
    Donny Van de Beek, Ajax to Man United – £35m, 2020
    Michael Owen, Real Madrid to Newcastle – £22m, 2005

    Rhian Brewster, Liverpool to Sheffield United – £23m, 2019
    Juan Sebastián Verón, Lazio to Man United – £38m, 2001
    Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan to Chelsea – £40m, 2006
    Francis Jeffers, Everton to Arsenal – £13m, 2001
    Owen Hargreaves, Bayern Munich to Man United – £22m, 2007
    Eliaquim Mangala, Porto to Man City – £40m, 2014
    David Bentley, Blackburn to Tottenham – £19m, 2008
    Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea – £72m, 2020
    Roberto Soldado, Valencia to Tottenham – £26m, 2013
    Saido Berahino, West Brom to Stoke – £12m, 2017

    Robinho, Chelsea to Man City – £32m, 2008
    Jack Rodwell, Man City to Sunderland – £11m, 2014
    Bebe, Vitoria Guimaraes to Man United – £8m, 2010
    Alberto Aquilani, Roma to Liverpool – £18m, 2009
    Adrian Mutu, Parma to Chelsea – £16m, 2003
    Seth Johnson, Derby to Leeds – £10m, 2004
    Tomas Brolin, Parma to Leeds – £5m, 1995
    Oumar Niasse, Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton – £16m, 2016
    Ricky Alvarez, Inter Milan to Sunderland – £9m, 2015
    Roque Santa Cruz, Blackburn to Man City – £17m, 2009

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