The Paddies are up and running as we take a look at the worst bits of the last 20 years of Premier League football – kicking off with the Worst Signing!
Fans are sent in to a frenzy by a new signing, often coming over with a huge reputation or being touted as the ‘next Pele’. Or the next Bebe.
But what happens when it all goes wrong?
Roman Abramovic rooted around the back of his couch for some loose change, and brought Ardriy Shevchenko and Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge.
Shevva managed a dire nine goals in 47 games whereas El Nino is still having nightmares about “that” miss at Old Trafford.
Serhiy Rebrov at Spurs made 30 appearances in the 01/02 season and managed just the one goal despite being the all-time top scorer in the Ukrainian Premier League.
Then there’s Ali Dia who managed to get a contract at Saints after convincing Graeme Souness he was a cousin of one-time World Player of the Year George Weah. A sparkling career ended after just the 53 minutes.
Middlesbrough fans will remember Alfonso Alves bringing absolutely no Brazilian flair to the Riverside, and Thomas Brolin is still referred to in Leeds as one of the worst signings of all time.
Francis Jeffers cost Arsene Wenger £8 million from Everton and only bagged four goals in 22 games. However, Jeffers does boast a proud England record of one game, one goal. Call him up, Roy.
Some of the big money flops include Juan Sebastian Veron and Robinho, who headed to Manchester with impressive resumes only to be deemed failures. Sir Alex arguably then went one better, signing Eric Djemba-Djemba at United…so bad they named him twice.
So it’s up to you to crown one of these “footballers” with a Paddy for truly being the Worst Signing in the Premier League.
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