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Top five: Worst Premier League signings of the season

Park has struggled to settle at QPR (©GettyImages)
Park has struggled to settle at QPR (©GettyImages).

As the curtains begin to close on another Premier League season, the time for reflection has arrived. 

Every transfer window we watch on as clubs up and down the country attempt to improve their playing squads.

Some moves are of course successful and players flourish at their new clubs. However other transfers are disastrous and prove to be a total waste of time and money.

Here is a list of five Premier League signings that in my opinion can be described as unsuccessful.

5. Modibo Maiga, West Ham

Maiga was signed in the summer by newly promoted West Ham for a fee of around £5 million. He was strongly linked with Newcastle united before his move to the Hammers and many believed he could make a real impact in the Premier League. This has clearly not been the case, Maiga has featured 16 times for West Ham but a staggering 14 of those appearances have come from the bench. He has scored two goals in his 16 appearances, surely leaving West ham fans Wondering why their club paid around £5 million for his services.

4. Park Ji Sung, QPR

There's no doubt Park Ji Sung was a success at Manchester United. When QPR signed the south korean who has four Premier League titles and a champions league win on his CV, the fans were thrilled. Unfortunately he has been half the player he was for Manchester united. Park has only made 18 appearances for the R's and is still looking for his first goal for the club.

As QPR looked destined for championship football next season, Park is one of a number of players at the club who's huge salary could have a negative impact on the clubs short term future. With this in mind, as-well as his lack of contribution on the pitch, for me Park Ji Sung has to be considered as one of the worst signings of the season.

3. Junior Hoilett, QPR

Last summer, Junior Hoilett was one of the most sought after players in the country. His eye catching performances for Blackburn Rovers the previous season attracted interest from top premier league sides, such as Liverpool and Tottenham. Some may have been surprised when QPR managed to snap him up considering their competition.

Will the R's be happy with his contribution this season? Surely not. Considering his potential and reputation Hoillet has not lived up to all the hype that surrounded him last summer.

The wide man has made 23 Premier league appearances for the relegation battlers this season, providing just one goal and one assist. For a winger with his speed and dribbling ability this is surely not good enough.

Hoilett is no stranger to a relegation battle, after he was involved last season with Blackburn. However he was one of the clubs most impressive players, contributing seven goals and six assists as they fought bravely to avoid the drop. These figures make his debut season at the R's look even worse and for me, considering his proven ability, Hoilett should go down as a bad signing.

2. Marko Marin, Chelsea

When Marko Marin arrived at Chelsea on a free transfer last summer, it looked like the big spenders may have found a rare bargain. Bargain, or no bargain, Chelsea fans must be disappointed with the German international's contribution this season.

Marin has only managed to feature in six Premier League games this season, which to be honest, is pretty shocking. He has chipped in with one goal and assist but in a side of Chelsea's quality, you are bound to get chances.

Marin was tipped as the next big star in Germany in his late teens and theres no doubt he is a capable player, he has 16 caps for the german national side, which on its own is an achievement considering their strength. I just don't feel for a player with his reputation and stature, he has done anywhere near enough to be described as a good signing. 

1.Scott Sinclair, Man City

When Scott Sinclair signed for Man City, eyebrows were raised immediately. Many believe that City's summer transfer activity has cost them the title this season and if that is the case, Sinclair is a clear example of where it all went wrong. The Forward was fantastic in his previous two seasons with Swansea city, helping them gain promotion and maintaining Premier league status.

This was bound to attract interest but does he really have the ability or potential to improve Man City's squad? I don't think so. With nine of his 11 Premier league appearances coming from the bench, its safe to say the former England under-21 man has been used sparingly. Sinclair has already been linked with a move away from the Etihad this summer in order to get some game time, which looks likely. But who knows? He may be happy earning a fortune to sit on the bench for another season.

Sinclair was signed by Chelsea at the tender age of 16 from Bristol rovers with many believing he had the potential to be a star. He is still only 24 but for me, he is a decent Premier league player and would suit a mid-table side. He simply dosn't have the quality to improve Man City's star studded team. The signing looks like it was a bit of deadline day madness, Scott Sinclair has to be one of the worst signings of the season. 

 

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