The summer transfer window is coming around, and with the 2013/14 season rolling to an end, we can now look back on what proved to be ill-advised decisions during the summer of 2013 in the Premier League.
During the summer, what happens on the field is replaced with back-page speculation and players being exchanged in multi-million pound deals.
With so many signings, the law of probability ensures that failure is inevitable.
The amount of playing time, chances given and taken, number of injuries and general contribution to a team are all factors that must be considered to work out just who has succeeded, and who has failed.
There was a 29 percent increase in spending during the 2013 summer transfer window compared to the 2012 window, according to the BBC.
With the amount of transfer money spent every year increasing, the risk of failure is becoming more of a reality for many clubs.
Many clubs do not have the resources to allow such room for error, which makes the scouting and signing of players an even bigger risk.
Here is a list of 10 of the worst signings from last year's summer transfer window.
(All stats provided by Transfermarkt)