Flops of the Decade in the Premier League
It's one day into the next decade, as we all know awesome articles have been flooding the website about top ten of the decade. So I decided to do a not-so-great of the decade in the EPL.
I will do a brief explanation of how I got the people who are featured in this article.
They must have been projected to do good or were performing were they were previously. Also price paid for their services is a factor.
Before you start reading I just want to say there was no way I could have covered all the transfers in England for the last 10 years, so these are the high profile flops I chose out of little research I did.
This position was really hard to fill mainly because of the low transfer rate of goalkeepers and their relatively low price.
At the turn of the century, legendary Peter Schmeichel left Manchester and Taibi was to be his replacement, for four months that is.
He left the next near after dropping down the pecking order.
He played for Newcastle after moving from Rangers and was terrible, he did set a record with France in Euro 2008 for being the first player to replace a substitute in a game (sounded funny as substitute's substitute). Was not missed a bit by Newcastle.
No not James Milner, the guy to the far right, Bramble.
During his days at Tranmere he was being hailed as a future English player, you know how every hot prospect wants to further their career, Bramble only got the prospect part right as he became a calamity in defense and eliminated any hopes of getting called up.
Boularhouz failed to live up to expectations, after being roasted by Ronaldinho (I mean who doesn't get roasted) Mourinho decided it was enough and 13 appearances later, Sevilla came calling.
Juan Sebastian Veron
Actually, the image above isn't what many people are expecting, because he was bad at Manchester United.
Manchester signed Veron from Lazio in a £28.1m deal, he went on to make 51 appearances for the side including a rant that Ferguson had in his defense after he was questioned about Veron's poor showings.
"...On you go. I'm not f**king talking to you. He's a f**king great player. You are all f**king idiots."
Next up Chelsea, as if it wasn't clear at United, Chelsea signed Veron for a little over 15m, he was just so terrible making seven appearances in four years.
If "sheva" didn't make the list, then all other flops will be null and void. Shevchenko had such vast array of talents as a striker, presence, pace, technique, aerial ability. At 17 he scored a hat trick against Barcelona away. He led AC Milan to a Champions League in 2003, won the Ballon D'or.
Then he transferred to Chelsea for a then British record of £30m. On paper Shevchenko and Drogba will make Anelka and Drogba scurry for cover at its awesomeness (on paper that is), but in reality I think any striking duo did better than them, that is if he got to play.
The legendary Shevchenko only managed a total 48 appearances and nine goals in two seasons, a strike rate of 18.75 percent, compared to his 51.28 percent at Kiev and 61.05 percent at MIlan. Need I say more?
Manager: Felipe Scolari
It would be suicidal if he wasn't my pick, Luis Felipe Scolari was a World Cup winning manager in 2002, guided Portugal to fourth place in the World Cup.
He went to Chelsea, had a terrible time, fielded the wrong players, and was sacked halfway into his first season.
Of course Babel is a flop, not everyone wakes up in the morning being called next Henry.
Babel came to Liverpool after becoming a star at Ajax, he failed to live up to expectation, scoring sporadically and being relegated to the bench.
It was rumored that he said signing for Liverpool was one of his biggest mistakes.
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