This article forms part of our Total Duds feature series, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a player has fared since being signed or sold, using statistical figures and statements from pundits to prove how bad a deal the club got.
Wolverhampton Wanderers would have hoped that the signing of Roger Johnson from West Midlands rivals Birmingham City for £7.2 million on the 13th July 2011 would prove to be a decent piece of business, but instead Mick McCarthy has been left with egg on his face ever since.
Is Johnson the worst signing Wolves have ever made?
In his debut season, Johnson made 27 appearances in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup, as Wolves finished rock bottom on 25 points, twelve away from safety and conceding a staggering 82 goals, as per Sky Sports.
Being at the heart of the defence and having been made club captain immediately by McCarthy, you cannot help but think that Johnson was largely to blame.
Whether it was his apparent inability to keep the team organised, or his own lack of ability to stop the goals from going in, the central defender did not make a good first impression at Molineux.
Johnson’s market value perhaps surprisingly increased from £4.5 million to £6.3 million by the midway point of the 2011/12 campaign, but then it took a drop back to its original number by the end of the term.
£6.3 million was the highest value that Johnson reached during his time at WWFC, still less than the £7.2 million paid for him., which maybe says a lot about his tough time at the Midlands club.
The 37-year old played in a further 44 games the following season, rounding the total number of matches he played in to 72, according to Transfermarkt.
Johnson’s market value eventually dipped to an all time low of just £1.8 million at Wolves, as he was eventually let go on a free transfer to Charlton Athletic on the 3rd February 2015 (via the website).
The English centre-back cost the Midlands club £100,000 per appearance that he made, as Johnson proved to be a rather costly error both for McCarthy and his Molineux outfit.
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