5 Worst Premier League Signings This Summer

Max TowleAnalyst ISeptember 3, 2013

5 Worst Premier League Signings This Summer

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    The summer is at an end and the transfer window has slammed shut.

    The Premier League has again been at the forefront of tabloid speculation, even if just about 99 percent of reports turned out false.

    Some clubs have done fine business (ahem, Tottenham, ahem), while others have struggled just to make a single purchase.

    It is, of course, difficult to rate the worst signings of these past few months, but with the power of hindsight, we'll have a go.

    Here are the five worst signings of the summer.

5. Andy Carroll, £15.4 Million

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    It is sometimes too easy to knock Andy Carroll.

    He became a by-word for "overrated" simply because of the extravagant amount of money Liverpool spent on him in 2011.

    The big man is a physical aerial force who suits the Sam Allardyce system to a tee.

    But is he worth more than £15 million to West Ham? Not on your life.

    He has scored only 27 career Premier League goals—hardly a good return for a man who cost more than Wilfried Bony and Christian Eriksen.

4. Pablo Osvaldo, £13.3 Million

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    On the face of it, Southampton pulled off a real coup persuading Pablo Osvaldo to switch Roma for St. Mary's Stadium.

    But the more it is considered, there is far more risk than potential reward attached.

    First off, the Saints really shouldn't be spending over £13 million on one player unless they are certain he is going to be a difference-maker and will be provided with the service he needs to consistently score goals.

    Osvaldo may be coming off the back of a strong campaign in Serie A, but he has had more down seasons than up.

    There are also no guarantees regarding his transition to the rigours of the Premier League either.

3. Tom Huddlestone, £5.1 Million

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    A sum of £5.1 million isn't a lot of money for most Premier League clubs, but it is for Hull City.

    This summer Steve Bruce made Tom Huddlestone the club's marquee signings, cuing more than a few raised eyebrows.

    The former Tottenham man may have a powerful shot and a thunderous tackle, but he doesn't have much else.

    He is widely regarded as one of the slowest central midfielders in Britain's top flight too.

    Huddlestone is not the type of player Hull need to inspire them to safety this season.

     

2. Jozy Altidore, £8.8 Million

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    Paolo Di Canio just doesn't seem to have the right temperament to be a Premier League manager.

    Sure, the fiery Italian brings a certain entertainment factor to our shores, but his hiring still seems like a queasy gut reaction to firing the rather dull Bruce.

    Di Canio and Sunderland did well to sign winger Emanuele Giaccherini from Juventus, but buying American striker Jozy Altidore for close to £9 million doesn't quite seem like such good business.

    The American has never been a consistent enough goalscorer to warrant such a price tag.

    Like so many on this list, he has been bought for his potential, not his reliability to deliver.

1. Arouna Kone, £6.2 Million

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    Arouna Kone turns 30 in a couple of months' time.

    The Ivorian scored 11 Premier League goals for Wigan last season, which ultimately weren't enough to keep them up.

    Between 2007 and 2011, he scored three league goals in 49 games.

    Roberto Martinez may be familiar with Kone, but to take him to new club Everton and pay a handsome fee for the privilege just seems entirely unnecessary.

    Is he better than Nikica Jelavic? Is he better than Kevin Mirallas or Victor Anichebe or Steven Naismith?