5 Transfer Busts from Recent Premier League History
Premier League managers clearly always want to make the best signings for their club, but the reality is transfers do sometimes go wrong—even when they have been done with the best of intentions.
There have certainly been plenty of examples to draw on over the years. So, I thought it was a good time to have a look at some of those that are still playing their football within the Premier League.
Therefore, grab a hot drink for the winter and sit back with my latest slideshow.
Mario Balotelli, Manchester City
I think it is high time Manchester City dispensed of the Italian striker. There is no doubt that he is a decent player. So, I understand that this is a bit of a controversial choice for this slideshow, but I just feel the player is too much of a liability.
He is still only 22 years old and has scored plenty of important goals for the club, but the problem is no one knows what he is going to do next, and I don't think his presence in the squad is exactly good for morale.
Therefore, a move away from the Premier League may well be best for everyone.
Andrei Arshavin, Arsenal
Andrei Arshavin looked a decent piece of business when Arsenal paid £15 million for the Russian playmaker. But the player has not been able to build on that promising start, so I think it's fair to say he has not been as valuable for the money.
But he is now 31, and it's unlikely that Arsenal would be able to get a decent transfer fee for him. Therefore, they may end up more or less giving the player away to move on from this whole saga. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if he stays in the Premier League or goes back to Russia.
David De Gea, Manchester United
I think it's fair to say that there were high hopes when Manchester United paid nearly £19 million to bring David de Gea to the Premier League. But the 22-year-old so far has not shown the consistency required to repay such a fee.
The fact that Sir Alex Ferguson is constantly changing the goalkeeping position shows that he is far from convinced about what de Gea brings to the table. I totally understand why Ferguson wants to stick behind his signing.
But he may decide, in time, that he is simply more trouble than he is worth. There are certainly more reliable goalkeepers that can be signed for much less money.
Andy Carroll, Liverpool
The term "waste of money" comes to mind when thinking about Andy Carroll. I am personally of the opinion that he is an extremely average player, but even if he was half decent, he still wouldn't be worth anything like £35 million.
Brendan Rodgers has obviously decided that the player is a total waste of space. Of course, the player is currently on loan at West Ham, and to be fair, that may well be a match made in heaven. Therefore, some sort of deal should be struck between the two clubs.
The one major sticking point might be the fee that Liverpool are likely to demand. It will certainly be interesting to see if Carroll can prove to be a decent Premier League forward at West Ham.
Fernando Torres, Chelsea
I will stop short of saying that Fernando Torres is a waste of money, because I think he had already proved at Liverpool that he was a very good forward. However, a loss of form did not make this deal look particularly good. Of course, Chelsea were crazy to pay £50 million for the player based on his form at the time.
The striker has started to regain his form this season, and Chelsea will be pleased that they signed him. Obviously, it's unlikely he will ever repay the £50 million, but at least they are getting something out of him for the moment.