As we all know no matter how much club’s pay for a player there’s never any guarantee of a return on any investment, for every Roy Keane there’s always an Eric Djemba-Djemba. This season fans have been somewhat spoilt for choice when it comes to chanting that most loved of terrace anthems “What a waste of money” so here’s a countdown of ten of the players who are likely to have been on the receiving of such “witty” abuse.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea) – Now the competition for top stop was fierce with a certain other striker pushing El Nino all the way, but a return of just 2 league goals so far this season on a £50 million investment means that the title of this season’s biggest flop has been well and truly earned by Mr Torres.
Andy Carroll (Liverpool) – Torres replacement at Merseyside hasn’t fared much better than his predecessor but his extra league goal means that he just misses out on top spot. Rumours refuse to go away that the FA will soon be starting a directive to book any player who passes the ball to the one time Geordie favourite on grounds of time wasting.
Charlie Adam (Liverpool) – Remaining on Merseyside, last season saw every one of the premeirship’s top clubs linked with the Scotsman as he looked almost certain to single-handley have the ability to keep the Seasiders in England’s top division.
But just as he came up short on that front its starting to seem that he lacks the abilities to make the grade at a bigger club. In the centre of the Anfield midfield Adam looks short of pace and his one time trademark set-piece delivery is now struggling to make it past the first man.
Charles N’Zogbia (Aston Villa) – After playing a staring role in Wigan’s wonderful run to Premiership survival and scoring a memorable two goals in his former sides late recovery against Arsenal last season a host of clubs were being linked with the Frenchman who was threatening to finally fulfill his potential.
Aston Villa proved to be the former Wigan man’s ultimate destination and it appears that all parties are regretting this. As the £9.5 million has had little impact on the pitch and is rumoured to be unhappy with manager Alex Mcleish
David N’Gog (Bolton) – Just 2 goals in 21 appearances this season have played a pivatol role in Bolton finding themselves in relegation trouble this season after an impressive season the year before. N’Gog has totally failed to offer an adequate replacement to the goals of Johan Elmander , the only thing stopping N’Gog featuring higher on the list is that expectations of the player after his stint at Liverpool weren’t particularly high.
David de Gea (Manchester United) – In the early stages of the season De Gea looked like posing a genuine threat to Fernando Torres status as top of the flops. Although the Spainard’s form has vastly improved in recent weeks the British record fee for a goalkeeper of £17 million means that the mistakes of the earlier part of the season and his inability to command a box result in the 21 year-old finding himself a place in this chart.
Mark Hughes (QPR) – While Hughes may no longer feature on the pitch he can certainly be considered one of this season’s biggest flops. Hughes has proved completely unable to stop QPR’s slide down the league table that saw Neil Warnock’s time at Loftus Road brought to an end, if anything performances on the pitch have got worse, much worse.
Park Chu– Young (Arsenal) – The South Korean arrived at Arsenal looking to offer Arsenal more strength in depth in the striking department but sadly for Arsenal fans has made no impact whatsoever. Many casual football fans may not have even heard of a player who has managed only one league appearance this season.
Roger Johnson (Wolves) – The former Birmingham player looks a shadow of the commanding defender who formed such a solid partnership with Scott Dann last season. Johnson appears to lack motivation demonstrated by his drunken antics at training and has left most at Wolves feeling short changed.
Jamie O’Hara (Wolves) – The midfielder may have impressed suitably last season to earn a permanent move to Molineux but the former Spurs man’s performances have gone dramatically downhill this season. Recent performances have left many spectators wondering if O’Hara has had to buy a ticket to watch games pass him by.
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