Aston Villa

My 3 Worst Villa Players. Ever.

Bosko Balaban

Bosko Balaban - Is that even a real name?

Aston Villa may have a European Cup and seven league titles on their honours board but strangely enough they give no mention to these three jokers.

It’s no wonder former chairman Doug Ellis wanted out after the humiliation of forking out £6m for Croatian striker Bosko Balaban. I use the term striker rather loosely as he couldn’t hit a barn door. He had developed quite a reputation at Dynamo Zagreb as a prolific marksman but failed to find any sort of form whatsoever after stepping off the plane at Heathrow airport. He never started a game in the Premiership and was even excluded from training due to his ‘lazy approach’ before being silently allowed to return on loan to Zagreb.

The most astonishing thing about Eric Djemba Djemba (apart from the unnecessary repetition in his name) was that Villa already knew he was crap from his time at Man. United. Alex Ferguson had a punt on the Cameroonian in 2003 when he signed the midfielder from Nantes for the handsome sum of £3.5m. He was heralded as Roy Keane’s potential successor but was clearly lacking and was passed onto Villa at a £2m loss. He made just 11 appearances in two years at Villa Park before having his contract terminated by the West Midlands club.

Last but not least, who remembers Ivo Stas? Most Villa fans will have forgotten about him because he never actually kicked a ball. He was signed from Czech side Banik Ostrava way back in 1990 for £750,000, got injured in his first training session and never played again. It is a little unfair to castigate him based on the footballing abilities he was never able to demonstrate, but, he has to be one of the biggest transfer flops in Villa’s history when you consider the transfer fee and two years wages that were wasted on a man who never even played. Never again.

Who do you think Villa’s worst ever player is?   

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