The Worst Premier League Signings Of All Time – BenchWarmers

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When it comes to transfers, everyone has a different opinion of the matter whether it be about the price, ability of the player or club choice, but there are some players that I’m sure we can all agree really didn’t live up to expectation of there transfer fee. So we at BenchWarmers thought we would remind you of the worst transfers that happened by Premier League Clubs.

10. Bebe – Manchester United

The Portuguese winger joined United after leaving Vitoria de Guimaraes for a fee of around £7.4million and it is fair to say he has to be one of if not the worst signing Sir Alex Ferguson ever made. The mark he left on the United team was so small that Sir Alex told Bebe to get his hair cut, so Bebe did and the next day at training Bebe has been stated saying that the Scotsman didn’t even recognise him.. Ouch!

9. Gabriel Obertan – Manchester United Sorry United fans but I’m sure that most of you can agree that Gabriel Obertan was absolutely useless alongside Bebe and couldn’t be forgotten from the list. The Frenchman joined United from Bordeaux for a fee of £3million and little to say he did literally nothing other than keep the bench warm and got a few starts when nobody was fit…

8 – Roque Santa Cruz – Manchester City The Paraguayan forward joined Manchester City from Blackburn Rovers for an astonishing £18million and quite honestly didn’t live up to anywhere close to that sum. In fact he didn’t have the greatest of careers as a striker as he only reached doubles figures for league goals once in a career that started in 1997. Unlucky mate…

7. Paulinho – Tottenham Hotspur   The Brazilian midfielder joined Spurs for a fee of just under £17million, this used from the £86million Tottenham made from the sale of Gareth Bale and we can now look back at the transfer and laugh. Tottenham sold the best player in the Premier League and replaced him with six amateur footballers, excluding Norwegian midfielder Christian Eriksen. The transfer has been so bad Paulinho has just been sold to Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for a fee of £9million.. Not the best business from Daniel Levy there..

6. Alberto Aquilani – Liverpool   When Xabi Alonso left to join La Liga giants Real Madrid in 2009, Liverpool had to replace to brilliant Spanish playmaker with someone of similar quality. They didn’t. They signed Aquilani from Roma for £17million and he arrived injured and dint make his debut until the end of October and after a few loan spells away Liverpool finally managed to flog him off to Fiorentina in 2012.

5. Robinho – Manchester City The Brazilian was on the verge of joining Chelsea from Real Madrid and everyone was so confident about the move that both clubs even publicly stated that the deal was on the verge of being completed but his move to the Etihad was completed on the last day of the season for £33million. Although he did score some goals, he never really lived up to his transfer sum.  Robinho’s expectancy to move to Chelsea was such that upon signing for Manchester City he accidentally stated “On the last day, Chelsea made a great proposal and I accepted.” To this a reporter replied: “You mean Manchester, right?”. “Yeah, Manchester, sorry!” answered Robinho.

4. Anderson – Manchester United

The midfielder wasn’t quite the quality of a player  from United that is expected nowadays and was constantly remarked of as fat on social media, in fact it is said that because of the weight problems in the United team chips were banned from the training ground cantine.. Maybe the reason Anderson ended up leaving United then?

3.  Radamel Falcao – Manchester United

The Columbian was a formidable goal scorer in his Atletico Madrid’s days but after a hefty transfer to French side Monaco his performances dropped after a knee injury left him out of action for quite some time, after completing an unexpected loan move to Manchester United on deadline day, the striker was earning around £300,000 a week with half being paid by Monaco, although he still only scored four under Louis Van Gaal an was not chosen to be brought by the Manchester club.

2. Andy Carroll – Liverpool  

The former Newcastle striker joined Liverpool for £35million and was unveiled at the same time as Luis Suarez, we all know which player turned  for the better as Carroll’s career slipped down the drain after being beloved to be England’s future striker but ended up joining West Ham.

1. Fernando Torres – Chelsea

The former Liverpool striker joined Chelsea for a fee of £50million breaking the Premier League’s transfer record but did not break any Chelsea records other than the biggest waste of money. His famous miss against Manchester United didn’t help the Spaniard but if he could put anything on his CV, its making Gary Neville very excited after Torres’s goal against Barcelona in the Champions League Semi Final and bringing the invention of the ‘Goalgasm’.


So that’s the worst Premier League signings in our eyes, but what about yours? Have a different opinion then voive it on the comments and share your thoughts. That’s all for now,