We have been blessed with some of the most gifted forwards that ever lived in the top flight of English football so what excuse do we have for these three mugs?
Ade Akinbiyi – Leicester City
Big Ade’s combined transfer value could go a long way in paying off our budget deficit but he couldn’t buy a goal at Filbert Street after signing in 2000.
He’s still the Foxes record signing at £5.5m who had hoped that the Nigerian would be a natural replacement for Emile Heskey who had just joined Liverpool. He scored 11 goals in 58 appearances for the East Midlands outfit before being sold to Crystal Palace at a £3m loss following Leicester’s relegation from the Premiership.
He is now a free agent after being released by Notts County.
Christopher Wreh – Arsenal
The Gunner’s had initially welcomed the Liberian international who had not only played with some distinction for Arsene Wenger’s Monaco but was also related to none other than George Weah.
In his first season at Highbury (1997/98) he showed glimpses of his prodigious talent by scoring some crucial goals as back up for Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp but alas he could not sustain anything like that form and faded in obscurity. The arrival of Thierry Henry was the final nail in the coffin and Arsenal’s seventh choice striker was sent packing after scoring just three goals in three years for the North Londoners.
He ended up in Saudi Arabia before bowing out from professional football with Buckingham Town.
Sergei Rebrov – Tottenham
Big things were expected of the Ukranian frontman when he polled up at White Hart Lane in 2000. He had been joint top scorer in the Champions League the season before and had been one half of a prolific strike partnership with Andrei Shevchenko at Dynamo Kiev.
He left his scoring touch in eastern Europe, however, and the £11m signing celebrated just 16 goals in 75 appearances for Spurs before the hapless hitman was moved on to West Ham where he was even worse and exposed himself as a racist to boot.
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