The 20 biggest flops in Premier League history have been ranked (10-1)


10. Tomas Brolin | Leeds United

Brolin was overweight when he arrived at Leeds United in 1995 – he admitted that himself – and his body let him down badly.

The Swede scored four times in 26 appearances over two seasons – not a good return for Leeds, then, who spent £4.5m to get him.

Brolin quit football at the age of 28 and became a vacuum cleaner salesman.

9. Jack Rodwell | Sunderland

Rodwell wasn’t good for Man City but they spent £12m to sign him in 2012, which was never going to trouble the ultra-rich Sky Blues.

Sunderland’s decision to spend £10m to sign Rodwell two years later, though, is madness.

Rodwell cost Sunderland an awful lot, refusing to leave despite the club’s financial troubles, as he pocketed £70,000-per-week.

The midfielder made just 53 starts for the Black Cats and by the time he left, Sunderland were in League Two.


8. Kleberson | Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was getting the next Roy Keane when he signed Kleberson from Atletico Paranaense in 2003.

Fergie was wrong, though.

Kleberson lacked Keane’s skill and attitude and lasted just two seasons at Old Trafford before moving on.

7. Andriy Shevchenko | Chelsea

Shevchenko was a world-class striker and Chelsea were very excited to land him for a British-record £30.8m fee in 2006.

But it proved to be an anti-climax. Shevchenko scored 22 goals in 77 appearances and wasn’t the player the Blues thought he would be.


6. Eliaquim Mangala | Manchester City

City wasted £42m on Mangala.

He wasn’t good enough for a team with title ambitions and was sent on loan to Valencia two months after arriving in the Premier League.

Another loan followed, this time at Everton, before City allowed him to leave on a free.

5. Adrian Mutu | Chelsea

It’s crazy to think that Chelsea are still owed money from Mutu.

After the striker tested positive for cocaine and was banned for seven months, the Blues decided to cancel his contract.

Chelsea sued Mutu for breach of contract and won the court case, but are still owed more than £16m of the £20m transfer fee.

4. Michael Owen | Newcastle United

Owen’s return to the Premier League with Newcastle signalled the beginning of his decline.

His time at St James’ Park was plagued with injuries and it ended when he was accused by stand-in boss Alan Shearer of refusing to play in a make-or-break game against Aston Villa, which sealed Newcastle’s relegation.

3. Andy Carroll | Liverpool

£35 million is an awful lot to pay for a striker who ended up scoring just 11 goals.

At least Liverpool used the rest of the money they received by selling Torres to sign Luis Suarez.


2. Ali Dia | Southampton

Dia actually managed to fool Southampton manager Graeme Souness into believing he was George Weah’s cousin and had played for Paris Saint-Germain.

He managed to blag a one-month contract with the Saints and even played 53 minutes as a substitute against Leeds in 1996.

The fact that Southampton’s players thought Dia had won a competition to train with the club after watching him in action said it all.

1. Bebe | Manchester United

Ferguson didn’t get many things wrong but his decision to sign Bebe for £7.4m in 2010 without actually seeing him play was a huge error.

One of the worst players to ever play for Man United, it didn’t take long for Ferguson to realise he had made a mistake.

The nadir came when Bebe replaced Owen Hargreaves 10 minutes into a game against Wolves, before himself being hooked in the second half.

Fergie blamed the transfer on his assistant, Carlos Queiroz. The Scot wanted nothing to do with it.

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