The transfer window is always good for both marquee signings and the inevitable flops.
Unfortunately for some clubs, sometimes that big signing pans to be anything but marquee. The last few years were no different, as clubs have shelled out big money for signings who have both impressed and disappointed. Since the window is now closed, here is a look at some of the best and worst signings of the last five seasons.
Perhaps the biggest disappointment in recent memory was Chelsea's purchase of Fernando Torres. The Spaniard was in blistering form for Liverpool, scoring 65 goals in 102 appearances.
He commanded a whopping £50million, smashing the British transfer record. Much was expected of Torres but he failed to reproduce this form and took 903 minutes to score his first Chelsea goal.
In fact, that was his only goal in his first season at Chelsea. Now know for several high profile gaffes, such as an open goal miss against Manchester United two seasons ago, Torres has endured a torrid Chelsea career. Two miserable seasons later, his league goal tally stands at a mere 19.
On the topic of failed transfers, who can forget Liverpool's dreadful double coup of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing? While both showed promise for their previous clubs, the two failed miserably to adapt to Kenny Dalglish's system. Downing scored three goals in 65 appearances, while Carroll scored six in 44. Both were soon shipped out of Anfield.
Liverpool did of course receive a more than suitable return of investment on Luis Suarez who has set the league on fire since his arrival. The Uruguayan scores goals for fun and leads this year's league in the scoring with 24, despite missing the first six games due to suspension. He has 62 total in 95 appearances, an incredible record.
On the continent Ballon d'Or finalist Franc Ribery has more than justified the hefty price tag paid for him by Bayern. The Frenchman's goal and assist tallies speak fore themselves, and he was instrumental in Bayern's league and European triumphs last year.
A certain Swede has also made an impression following his big money transfer. That's right, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been in scintillating form for Paris Saint-Germain. Coupled with his performances for his country, few can contest is price-tag.
Moving over to the Serie A, Kaka is a player who cannot boast the same impact, as the Brazilian failed to inspire during his time at Real Madrid despite the massive £56million paid for him. He struggled to hold down a place in the Los Blancos side and eventually returned to Milan on a free transfer.
We finish with the signing of a player with a far smaller profile. Swansea midfielder Michu has hugely impressed during his first two seasons at the club. A relative unknown in La Liga, Michu's silky style has seen him adapt to the Premier League effortlessly, scoring 20 goals so far and making his first international cap in the process.
Fans can only hope that this year's transfers can reproduce the heroics of some the mentioned players. Juan Mata has gotten off to a good start with United, and Fulham will be hoping that Kostas Mitroglou can reproduce his goal scoring form from his days at Olympiakos.
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