Top five: Worst signings of the summer so far
Here we assess who we think are the five worst signings of the 2013/14 summer transfer window
The transfer window is an exciting time for fans, media and football professionals alike, as we see what signings could potentially shape the coming season.
But every year we see flops as well, and here are our five tips for this summer's transfer shockers:
Club: Manchester City
Transfer: £30 million from Shakthar Donetsk
Profile: As the most expensive signing of the transfer window so far, Fernandinho will have a lot to live up too come the new season. However, I have my reservations as to whether he will be able to justify his hefty price tag. At 28 years old, the Brazilian has entered the latter half of his career, and he has played the entirety of his football in Brazil and Ukraine, hardly the most prestigious of leagues. Not only this, he has only four international caps to his name, four less than his much maligned international colleague Anderson, who plies his trade across Manchester at Old Trafford.
2) Dwight Gayle
Club: Crystal Palace
Transfer: £8.5 million from Peterborough
Profile: At £8.5 million Dwight Gayle is more expensive than rival strikers Ricky Van Wolfswinkel at Norwich, Iago Aspas at Liverpool and Arouna Kone at Everton, despite the fact that he has only played one season of football at a professional level. His return of 13 goals in 29 games for Peterborough last season marked an impressive first impression at Championship level, but Palace fans will be hoping a third league jump in just under 2 years will not prove to be one too many for this expensive acquisition.
3) Curtis Davies
Club: Hull City
Transfer: £2.25 million from Birmingham City
Profile: Curtis Davies had a promising start to his career in a West Brom side which eventually got relegated from the Premier League, and then struggled to establish himself at Aston Villa. He has again performed well at Birmingham City in the Championship over the last two seasons, proving he is essentially a good player for that level. Hull look like struggling in the top flight this year, and Davies lacks the Premier League quality that will be needed if they wish to beat the drop.
4) Vito Mannone
Club: Sunderland Athletic
Transfer: £2 million from Arsenal
Profile: Following Simon Mignolet's departure to Liverpool, Sunderland fans will have been hoping for a high profile signing to fill the number one shirt at the Stadium of Light. However, Di Canio's acquisition of Mannone will hardly fill fans with confidence, following the extremely shaky performances he has delivered when he has had chances at Arsenal over the last few years. Kieran Westwood is Sunderland's other goalkeeping option, and neither 'keeper have proven themselves to be Premier League talents so far in their careers.
5) Antolin Alcaraz
Transfer: Free from Wigan Athletic
Profile: This 30 year old Paraguayan has an awful injury record, as can be seen by his meagre 68 appearances for Wigan in his three years at the club. Not only this, but as a member of a Wigan defence that has unquestionably been the team's weakness since his arrival at the club, it is hard to understand why Roberto Martinez decided to bring him to a considerably stronger team in Everton. He is unlikely to displace Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga or Sylvain Distin in the Everton defensive pecking order.
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