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Top 5: Worst ever Premier League signings

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Some players simply haven't got what it takes to make it in the Premier League, I've made a list of players who should never have moved to England.

5. Albert Luque (Newcastle United)

In 2005, Newcastle paid €14M for Albert Luque's signature. Luque was signed from La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna, where he played over 100 games in only three years. 

Luque, who could play both as a striker and a winger, had eight successful years playing in Spain with both Mallorca and Deportivo. 

Having managed 17 international caps for Spain, Luque looked to be a promising signing for Newcastle despite his price tag being pretty high. 

Luque played 21 league games for Newcastle scoring only one goal, which came in a win against Sunderland. 

Constantly injured, Albert Luque was a name Newcastle fans could quickly forget.

4. Massimo Taibi

Massimo Taibi must be considered as one of Alex Ferguson's worst signings ever. 

Taibi was signed from Italian club Venezia in 1999 for £4.5M. In his debut at Old Trafford, he was handed the Man of the Match award in a victory over Liverpool. 

After the game against Liverpool, Taibi managed only three more caps for United, putting in awful performances for the Reds. 

After making numerous mistakes in the next few games, Taibi was quickly sent back to Italy, never returning to England.

3. Juan Sebastian Veron

The fact that Manchester United paid £28M for Juan Sebastian Veron, is something I find hard to get over.

Veron played 51 games for United scoring seven goals overall. Despite his statistics being average for a midfielder, Veron never adapted to the Premier League, and was a weak link in United's world class midfield. 

Veron was later sold to Chelsea, where he managed seven league games for the club, scoring one goal.

Tipped to be a world-class midfielder, the Argentine never put his mark on the Premier League, with Sir Alex Ferguson later admitting that signing Veron was simply a mistake.

2. Steve Marlet

Steve Marlet is in my opinion one of the worst players to play in the Premier League.

He held the record for Fulham's most expensive signing until 2008, but Fulham paid £11.5M for the Frenchman when he signed from Lyon.

Looking lazy and disinterested on the field, Marlet scored 11 goals in 54 appearances for Fulham, also being the centre of an argument between Fulham chairman Mohammed Al Fayed and manager at the time Jean Tigana.

Fayed later took Jean Tigana to court for the overpayment of Marlet. It was suspected that Tigana had taken a cut from the deal over Marlet, but the charges were quickly dropped.

1. Andriy Shevchenko

Signed for a massive £30.8M from AC Milan, Andriy Shevchenko was to be Chelsea's number nine for years to come.

Scoring only four league goals in his first season at Stamford Bridge, Shevchenko was quickly starting to look like an awkward investment for Roman Abramovich.

He never found himself in a Chelsea shirt, scoring only five league goals the very next season, and later being sent on loan back to Milan where he played 26 games, scoring only two goals.

Shevchenko is ranked as the third highest goalscorer in all European competitions and third highest goalscorer in Champions League history.

Why he played so awful in England is a mystery to me, after scoring 175 goals in 322 appearances for AC Milan.

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