EPL: 25 of the Worst Signings in League History, Part One

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EPL: 25 of the Worst Signings in League History, Part One
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When I was assigned this article my initial thought was, "Well this will be easy, I'll just list every signing made by Roy Hodgson during his time as a Premier League manager and that will be perfect". 

Then, I thought that perhaps that might be a little unfair on Roy because he has signed some good players like Shane Long, Bobby Zamora and Raul Meireles.

Having ruled out Roy, I was going to give this the title of "Power Ranking the 25 Worst Signings in EPL history" but outside of American Football, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Baseball no other sport really has a proper way to power rank players because statistical analysis in soccer is years behind those leagues.

Power Rankings in soccer don't mean anything, there's no formula for them and they end up just being based on opinion so it would basically just be an opinion piece with a fancy title aimed at attracting reads, and that's not what I wanted to do.

What I've decided to do instead is list the worst signings for each of the 20 current premier league teams and the five teams not currently in the league that have spent the most seasons in the EPL since its formation, namely Coventry City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Southampton and West Ham United.

Obviously by doing one for each team I am going to miss out some terrible signings as the majority of clubs have more than one, and some clubs would probably have multiple entries in an overall top 25 worst signings list. 

In this first part of the list, I give the worst signings made by teams beginning with the letters A through to M.  

Of course, these are the worst signings for each club based on my own personal opinion. Other people will have their own views on some of these and I invite you to share those opinions in the comment section below.

I hope you enjoy.

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