We think it is fair to say that Emmanuel Mayuka’s transfer to Southampton didn’t quite go to plan…
‘Twas exciting times for Southampton when they made their return to Premier League football for the 2012/13 campaign. Players were flown in from far and wide to ensure the club’s safety for years to come, foreign talents who the Saints could barely dream when they were wallowing in the unexposed filth of Championship football and below.
One such individual, who to be quite frank no one had ever heard of, was Emmanuel Mayuka. The Zambian international touched down on the South Coast from Swiss club BSC Young Boys for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £3.5million.
“Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans,” then Saints boss Nigel Adkins told the club’s website.
“He is only 21 years old but already has a great deal of experience, notably so at international level,” added Adkins.
“He will bring something different to the group that we already have here at Southampton, and I look forward to seeing him pull on our shirt for the first time.”
Well, well, well, well, well. How wrong you were Nigel; how very painfully wrong. The team were in desperate need of options behind Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, but Mr Inept, Mayuka, provided desperately little relief.
While his pace and power were never in doubt, his technical ability and proficiency at putting the ball in the back of the net (you know, his job) was severely lacking. Just one goal in 19 appearances, which came against the mighty Barnsley in the League Cup, is a testament to that.
Unsurprisingly, Mayuka only spent one season with the Saints before being moved on to Ligue 1 outfit FC Metz on a free transfer. Two goals and 10 appearances later he was back on the road, this time linking up with 12-time Egyptian champions Zamalek.
Emmanuel Mayuka cements his position as the worst foreign forward in Egypt's history. His former coach said on TV yesterday he "loves food." pic.twitter.com/kejnqA8flH
— Marwan Ahmed (@MarwanAhmed_KF) July 14, 2017
A picture speaks a thousand words they say…and so does a former coach, it seems.
The 2012 AFCON top marksman is now without a club after being released by Ligat ha’Al side Hapoel Raanana in July 2018.
Southampton fans, what are your standout memories of Mayuka (if any)? Was he one of the worst players to put on the shirt in the new Premier League era? Let us know in the comments below…
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