Manchester City had a few twists and turns to get where they are today, and one of their biggest learning curves came when they splurged £18million of real life money on Roque Santa Cruz.
Wowee. What a truly uninspired purchase Paraguayan forward Santa Cruz was. Genuinely, what can we say about this man that isn’t fundamentally negative? They didn’t spend £19million or £20million – suppose that’s something? He could kick a ball (we mean literally just kick it) – that’s another thing, right?
The forward made his fateful multi-million pound move to Manchester City in the summer of 2009 – just a year after former boss Mark Hughes had dragged him to the miserable depths of Blackburn from the comparatively dream-like city of Munich, Germany. Ah, you can imagine it can’t you: his once happy little face melt as he slowly struggled to digest his new northern surroundings, despite probably being convinced by Hughes that it was “near enough to London” – the place where all overseas players want to live.
You could say it wasn’t exactly the dream start Santa Cruz was hoping for. His biggest and only fan Hughes was sacked in December (it was a great Christmas that year) just hours after the forward had claimed his first Premier League goal for the Citizens in a 4-3 thriller against Sunderland, leaving him stranded in the City wilderness without anyone to turn to.
City fans only had to wait another three months until he scored his only other goal for the club. Quite the record. Needless to say, new boss Roberto Mancini wasn’t going to wait around for him, and he quickly and clinically disposed of him – initially on loan deals back to Santa Cruz’s beloved Blackburn and Real Betis before Malaga.
Manchester City fans, quite simply – is Santa Cruz your worst ever signing? Let us know in the comments below…
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