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Top 10 worst transfers

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Stevesquash, Sep 10, 2019.

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  1. refugee

    refugee 4 * Xpert 11 Champ + only Veisercount Cup winner Member

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    He wasn't quick, couldn't dribble, was very average at shooting / passing, couldn't head the ball, didn't seem to have a strikers instinct, wasn't the greatest crosser of a ball, didn't seem to have great vision. He ran about a bit, I suppose.
     
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    Markeh Very Well-Known Member

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    Andy Carroll - I remember a few months before thinking he was a £10m player in a bit of form absolutely shocked when we signed him.

    The right answer is probably Balotelli, known to be shit on and off the field yet we still signed him.
     
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    Benteke, we didn't lose much money on. Lazar, Carroll, Downing, Aquilani, Balotelli, and Moreno we lost something like £100m there
     
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    Hansern Part of the Furniture Member

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    Borini had a boss goal celebration. Shame he only did it a few times...
     
  5. Dreambeliever

    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    Robbie Keane was shafted by Rafa.
     
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    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    Signed on the back of half of a season in the Premier league, and at a laughably inflated fee. But given the Torres debacle, we needed to make a quick statement of intent, which was a horrible error.

    And the desperation to make him a success arguably led to other dismal signings - the players to "swing in the crosses" and deliver accurate set-pieces onto his head - namely Downing and Adam.

    It seemed a retrograde step from a footballing POV - the "big old-fashioned target man" - but I was never that bothered about how fashionable a player was, just how effective he could be, and there's been a few big grock up front footballers who have done OK.

    But dear me. He just never seemed to care enough, and while his frame was always going to be vulnerable, I'm very sure he didn't help himself with his poor training, diet and off-field antics, so he was (and is) never fit.

    And he never had the touch, technique, brains or drive to be a spearhead like, I dunno, Drogba, Costa, or even a Giroud, and the quality big lads like Drogba, Lewandowski or Dzeko also had/ have superb ability with their feet, even if they do rely on good service from wide, like most of them,

    Carroll just lumbered around and hoped for a massive gap to emerge for a left-footed whallop, or the ball to be hung up in the box, where he could be very dangerous with his head. But that's all he ever used it for, the fucking thick cunt.

    For £35m, that was laughable.
     
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    Dreambeliever Looking on the brightside Member

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    How the fuck has Karius escaped the dickhead and Moreno too
     
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    I do remember towards the beginning the fans made that expectant / encouraging roar when the ball was lumped up to him. There was also the brief moment we actually thought he could be decent when he scored a header against city that actually came off his elbow.

    It was one of the first things Rodgers did wasnt it, immediately booting him without even giving him a chance? Great decision and decent fee.

    Trying to flog Henderson too sort of takes the shine off that for Rodgers though.
     
  9. manwithnoname

    manwithnoname Bravo old man. Bravo. Member

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    As do a few of his signings: Borini, Benteke, Aspas, Allen, Markovic, Sakho, Toure, Mignolet, bogdan, Alberto....

    Mind you, all managers have their disastrous transfers, Rodgers just had a few too many.
     
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    He was a past-it player who had been flattered by having the luxury of quality all around him where he had previously played. That transfer was when I realized it was getting really bad.
     
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    Agree with this. He was a vastly overrated player with very little end product. If he was good Chelsea would have kept him on.
     
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    Anyway, he still wasnt close to the worst purchase. The hits kept coming around that time.
     
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    I had both fuckers in my list

    Costing us a CL final is as bad as it gets
     
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    And compare this whole world of shit bad decision backed up by bad decision to what we've got now...

    Gives you a warm feeling inside and a little smile ☺
     
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    Most of those transfer were in the last 10 years. We have come a long way. With transfer committee in place, we won’t be signing a Carroll / downing again for silly money again
     
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    We signed Carrol and downing when £55 million was a lot of money. That’s like spending £120 million in today’s money. Such a waste

    Now we get vvd and Allison
     
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    I’m tempted to say Karius is the worst. A lot of the other rubbish was pretty much consistent with what was already in the squad and didn’t really change it too much one way or the other.

    Karius in the other hand prevented a great team from possibly winning a champions league. More than anyone else he lowered the level of what was possible for those around him.
     
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    Worst recent transfer XI?

    Karius
    Josemi Coates Wilson Konchesky
    Markovic Aquilani Poulsen Nunez
    Carroll Balotelli

    Edit - I'd swap mark Gonzalez for Nunez
     
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    StevieM SCM's resident Beer Nazi, Wine Snob & Comic Geek Honorary Member

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    Gabriel Paletta
    Emiliano Insúa
    Oussama Assaidi
    Nabil el Zhar
     
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    Was it Rogers though? I seem to remember we had the ill-fated Transfer Committee which made transfer decisions against Rogers advice. Klopp came in and said I have the final say, fuck whatever went before him
     
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