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There has been a good fair share of money wasted on players who have never lived up to the hype. Paying money for players for foreign players in football can be a risk as you don't know how they will perform in a different league and so many times the case has been that they have under performed and not got use to the playing style.
Francis Jeffers - June 2001 - Everton to Arsenal for £8 Mil - Jeffers had great Potential when he was at everton he scored around 20 goals in 60 games and scored 13 goals in 16 games for england under 21's and it wasn't long before a big club came in to make a bid and this time it was arsenal, After signing for arsenal things got worse for francis jeffers and he only managed to score 4 goals in 22 games, he was forced out the team by henry and wiltord and on top of these suffered from injuries he was later loaned back by everton and failed to score 1 league goal, he has played for Charlton, Rangers, Ipswich and Blackburn Rovers and now Sheffield Wednesday and has only managed to score 11 league goals since 2004.
Andriy Shevchenko - may 2006 Ac Milan to Chelsea for £30 Mil - Before Shevchenko's move to chelsea many believed he was the best striker in the world and you would not have argued with them after watching him play for Ac Mialn in italy where he scored 175 goals in 322 games, in 2006 he moved to chelsea and broke the the transfer record for a foreign player signed by an english club, he scored in his first competitive game for chelsea in the community shield but soon after when the league began the goals dried up i believe shevchenko was to lazy for the english game he was not prepared to fight for the ball like the other chelsea attackers it soon become clear then drogba was clearly streaks ahead of shevchenko when it came to playing up front for chelsea and it wasn't long before he warmed the bench he only managed to score 22 league goals in 76 games for chelsea and was later loaned back to milan where he only scored 2 in 26 it was clear shevchenko no longer " had it " and he later moved on to his first ever club Dynamo Kyiv where he is playing now
Massimo Taibi - august 1999 Venezia to manchester united £4.4 Mil - Taibi played in every Venezia game the season before he moved to manchester united and someone must have saw some talent in him.. well clearly not.. His debut against liverpool was a solid enough but he flapped at a liverpool free kick allowing samii hyypia to score easily he later made a number of great saves and he was named man of the match as united went on to win 3-2, after a match against southampton in which he made a howler allowing the ball to go straight underneath him and into the back of the net he was dropped. Taibi only played 4 games for man united one of them including a 5-0 defeat to chelsea.
Albert Luque - august 2005 - Deportivo La Coruna to Newcastle United, £9.5m - After his big money move to newcastle he failed to live up to the hype and suffered from injuries in his first season at newcastle he only scored 1 league goal at game in april against sunderland since then he dropped down the attacking pecking order and made very few starts for newcastle he later moved to Ajax
Adrian Mutu -August 2003 Parma to Chelsea, £15.8m -After moving from parma to chelsea Mutu started his career brightly at chelsea scoring 4 goals in 3 games and looked like a good talent but things went down and he scored less and less goals as the season went on, he only managed to score 6 league goals in 27 games and was later sacked by chelsea after failing a drugs test for cocaine
When we consider the worst football transfers of all time, every fan will be able to think of a few players their club has bought who didn't quite fit in, examples include, Massimo Taibi at Manchester United, Hernan Crespo at Chelsea and pretty much anty of a cast of thousands at poor old Newcastle, i've enclosed a list of probably the five worst transfers I can remember, some are based purely on football, although a few that Harry Redknapp bought while West Ham manager are due to far more deep seated issues.
Ali Dia - This guy arrived at Southampton with a ringing endorsement from the then World footballer of the tyear, George Weah, Graeme Souness played him in one match for over 50 minutes against Leeds United before realising he had been sold a pup, Weah confirmed he knew nothing of any recommendation and Dia left as quickly as he arrived and now platys non-league football to a fairly low standard.
Marco Boogers - Signed for £1m from Sparta Rotterdam in July 1995, Boogers was Redknapps worst signing ever and he'll readily admit it, Boogers came on against Manchester United, got red carded and then disappeared, he was eventually found at a caravan park in Holland but never played for West Ham again.
Juan Veron - Signed by Manchester United for £28m Veron was one of the best players in the world at the time, he had been influential in a strong Lazio team, however due to home sickness, lack of pace or simply lack of desire he proved to be a disaster and the biggest waste of money ever, lacking heart, style, pace and anything you would expect at the top level, he moved to Chelsea for £15m and was as useless there. Now back in the Argentine league, Veron is back to his best.
Joey Beauchamp - A promising nippy winger, Beauchamp moved from Oxford United to West Ham United, £1m, June 1994, he got so homesick (!) that he left the club after two and a half months to Swindon, closer to his Oxford home, this was another of Harry Redknapps unfortunate signings but nobody could ever have considered a boy from Oxford would get homesick 40 miles away in london, I hasten to add this transfer did take place after the creation of trains, automobiles and telephones.
There are many more that could have been brought up from Bosko Balaban who cost Aston Villa £6m and never played a game, Shevchenko who for £30m was the most expensive flop ever and even Michael Owens return for his transfer and wages since joining Newcastle.
As we all know, you never can tell what you get when buying footballers but these 5 were special cases and in these days of scouting and television we may never see their like again.
Moves that have not paid off ...