The Premier League’s biggest and best cemented their place as the most spendthrift teams in Europe this summer, parting with over half a billion pounds on transfers. Some signings, like Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Swansea City’s Michu, have already proven their respective clubs justified in parting with their cash. But this list doesn’t concern the hits of the transfer window, but rather the misses. Whether it was due to a team overpaying or letting a talented player leave for well below his market value, here are the top 10 worst deals of the summer.
1. Samba Diakite
Based on his loan spell for the club last season, new QPR signing Samba Diakite is a madman. Only 33 minutes into his debut for Mark Hughes’ side, he was shown a red card for two bookable offences and honestly could’ve been given his marching orders well before then for his continued recklessness.
2. Dirk Kuyt
With the summer spending now wrapped up, Liverpool may be reflecting on their decision to ship Dirk Kuyt off to Turkish club Fenerbahce with regret considering the lack of forwards in their squad. And for only £880,000, it seems that they’ve let a genuine club hero go for a pittance.
3. Hugo Rodallega
Wigan Athletic’s definite lack of financial clout saw them unable to re-sign talented striker Hugo Rodallega to a new contract this summer. The Colombian subsequently moved to fellow Premier League club Fulham for nothing.If Wigan had been able to sell, Rodallega’s price would have been at least £5 million—cash that would’ve made a significant difference for the breadline club.
4. Marko Marin
It may be a little harsh to include a player who hasn’t yet played a single minute in the EPL, but Marko Marin is already looking like an unnecessary, ill-advised transfer for Chelsea. With the club’s squad already stacked with excellent attacking options, Marin will have to hope for an injury crisis before he is able to earn a place in the in-form team.
5. Matija Nastasic
In a £12 million deal that also saw Stefan Savic go the other way, Manchester City may not have gotten a particularly good deal in purchasing Fiorentina’s central defender Matija Nastasic amidst a transfer window deadline day flurry. Granted, the Serbian is a talented young player who did well to make as many starts as he did for the Serie A side last season, but at times was found wanting as his club slipped to a disappointing 13th league finish.
Article publié pour la première fois le 16/10/2012