Wastage of money is something one hates the most and if it comes to spending money on players,the clubs never back down.Sometimes,these signings turn out to be great but there are times when these deals simply fail.
Nobody can deny the efforts the clubs put in to buy those players but there is simply no reason why the player doesn't perform.The money spent goes down into the drains and situations such as Fernando Torres' arise.
There is no shortage of such so called "laughable" cases and there's no wonder why Football Memes are also prepared on these "flop" transfers.So, let's take a look at some of these kinds of cases (excluding the famous Torres disaster).
5. Didier Drogba - Chelsea to Shanghai Shenhua
The dynamic Ivorian left Chelsea just after winning the Champions League for them.Chelsea fans never wanted their star goal-scorer to leave but the veteran striker opted to run down his contract with Chelsea - and departed in the perfect circumstances - and was courted by a number of Europe's elite when he became a free agent.
But he joined his former team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Chinese club Shenghai Shenhua. But, his downfall came then and there.Neither could he get enough playing opportunities and nor could he score many goals out there.
He could step foot on the pitch only 11 times and had scored 8 goals out of those lone run-outs. His popularity did decrease during his stay at Shenhua but now at Galatasaray,he's up and running once more.
4. Owen Hargeaves - Manchester Utd to Manchester City
The midfielder from England never actually got going anywhere in his career.He made 145 appearances at Bayern Munich but could only score five goals in them. At Manchester United, again he was able to score only two goals in 27 games. And it's better not to talk about his career at Man City.
He made just a single appearance for the Blues and then scoring goals would be a big thing for him. He was plagued by injuries and was also not given enough consideration due to the presence of Yaya Toure. He now works as a regular pundit on BT Sports football coverage
3. Juan Sebastian Veron - Lazio to Manchester United
Sir Alex Ferguson had lashed out £28.1 million on Argentinian starlet Juan Sebastian Veron mostly to provide something more than the Keane, Giggs and Beckham long balls. But he could not live up to the expectations of the United fans and managed to score just 7 goals after 51 appearances for the Red Devils. When Chelsea came calling for him, Sir Alex ate humble-pie and sold him for £15million in 2003.
2. Francis Jeffers - Everton to Arsenal
This Liverpool born striker had scored 20 goals in his first 60 matches for Everton. And his goal to game ratio was the best at the club in the 2000-2001 season. His performances had caught the eye of Arsene Wenger and he signed for Arsenal in 2001 for £8million – making him one of the club's most expensive signings yet.
But he did not live up to his "fox in the box" tag and was plagued by injuries at Arsenal.The presence of stunning strikers such as Henry and Wiltord made it difficult for him to survive at the club. His final appearance for Arsenal came in the 2003 FA Community Shield, coming on as a substitute but then getting sent off against Manchester United. Days later he would rejoin Everton on loan.
1. Andy Carroll -Newcastle United to Liverpool
His stunning form ended blatantly when he joined Liverpool for £35million. He could only score a countable six goals in 44 appearances for the Reds of Liverpool.
West Ham have now permanently caught hold of him for £17million this summer. So,far he has scored 7 goals for the Hammers,which is better than his tally at Liverpool.
Carroll started off the 2013–14 season injured with a heel problem and West Ham yet don't know exactly when he'll be fit .And there's no wonder why Liverpool still regret buying the Englishman.
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