The Premier League is the richest in world football, and there’s nothing that excites fans more than clubs splashing out on new players.
Transfer deadline day remains one of the most exciting days of the year – it should definitely be a public holiday – and the sight of Harry Redknapp leaning out of a car window is one of everyone’s favourites.
Sadly, (or not, we all like a laugh at clubs pissing money away) not all multi million pound transfers work out, so we thought we’d compile a list of this season’s transfer flops.
In the interest of fairness, no January signings have been included. Mainly because barely anyone spent any money (except Newcastle, and their new players look quite good) and also because it’s too soon to judge.
Here’s how we’ve ranked them:
10. Gokhan Inler (to Leicester City, £3.5m)
When Claudio Ranieri came in at Leicester this summer, a season of consolidation awaited the Foxes.
With over 250 Serie A appearances for Napoli and Udinese and 89 caps for his country, Inler looked a brilliant buy for the would be strugglers.
A combative central midfielder with a good range of passing and plenty of experience, Inler should have been a regular starter for Leicester.
But the incredible form of Danny Drinkwater and the instant impact of fellow signing N’Golo Kante saw Inler reduced to appearances from the bench.
With just 194 minutes of Premier League action to his name, Inler was linked with a move away in January but nothing materialised.
Inler takes the number 10 slot in this list, purely because he hasn’t done a massive amount wrong, he’s just been out performed by other players.
9. Lee Tomlin (to Bournemouth, £3.5m)
Former Peterborough striker Tomlin is one of those players that looks excellent in the Championship, but is untested in the Premier League, so his move from Middlesbrough was always a risk.
The 27-year-old started the season in a battle with Callum Wilson, Josh King and Glenn Murray for the right to partner Callum Wilson but it was one that he soon lost.
He made 10 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries, before joining Championship side Bristol City in January and has scored once so far.
He takes the number nine slot on this list because he had the chance to stake a claim for a first team place – but ultimately was a waste of money.
8. Franck Tabanou (to Swansea, £3.5m)
Tabanou had built a reputation as one of the best left sided players in France, having played at Toulouse and St. Etienne before being scouted by Swansea.
Given the Welsh sides’ eye for a bargain (Michu for £2m springs to mind), this looked another one of their value purchases but it never worked out.
Tabanou never played a minute of Premier League football as he was constantly overlooked, only making a couple of appearances in cup competitions.
It doesn’t help that he was in the team when Oxford City knocked the Premier League side out of the FA Cup, and Tabanou soon left to rejoin St. Etienne on loan for the rest of the season.
The Frenchman blasted Swansea after leaving, stating that ‘there wasn’t even competition’ for a squad place, yet Garry Monk clearly didn’t like him.
7. Ola Toivonen (to Sunderland, loan)
Despite only joining on loan, Toivonen still makes this list for being utterly shite.
Every year Sunderland bring in a raft of new players to help them avoid their impending relegation fight but Toivonen isn’t one of their better choices.
The lanky Swede has made only 12 appearances in the Premier League so far this season and hasn’t found the net, despite being signed to help the likes of Jermain Defoe and absolute goal machine Fabio Borini.
He had a good scoring record at all his previous clubs, finding the net plenty while at Malmo, PSV and Rennes.
But, like many that have gone before him, the Ligue 1 import has flopped and he’s unlikely to make his move permanent once the season ends.
6. Steven Caulker (to Southampton, loan)
Another loan at number six, as one time England defender Caulker made another temporary move.
He seems to have had more loans than a DVD from Blockbuster and most have been successful, but his switch to St. Mary’s went sour quickly.
Caulker failed to nail down a first team place and made just two starts for the Saints, before being recalled by QPR so he could join Liverpool.
It looked like a brilliant move for the 24-year-old but while at Anfield, he’s played just five minutes of Premier League action and most of them have come in an emergency striker role.
He’s likely to go back to QPR in the summer and it’s a good bet to see him loaned somewhere else in the summer, where he’ll probably flop again.
5. Radamel Falcao (to Chelsea, loan)
The third and final loan of this collection, useless Colombian Radamel Falcao.
I would say I felt sorry for him with all his injury problems but when he’s collecting a ridiculous wage, it’s hard to.
Since joining Chelsea after a similarly shit loan spell with Manchester United, Falcao has scored just one goal and been injured for the rest of his time at Stamford Bridge.
His place in the Champions League squad has been given to new signing Alexandre Pato, and while Chelsea have a track record of blowing money on new players, the £38m needed to sign Falcao permanently won’t be parted with this summer.
Falcao is one of the biggest flops in Premier League history.
4. Florian Thauvin (to Newcastle United, £12m)
What is it with Newcastle signing shite French wingers?
They didn’t learn their lesson after seeing Remy Cabella flop after joining from Montpellier last year and spent almost exactly the same fee on Thauvin.
And it was the same result. He was shit.
Thauvin’s second appearance in a Newcastle shirt came against Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup, and Newcastle fans were left excited as their new man scored one and set up the other three in a 4-1 win.
Unfortunately, Northampton aren’t in the Premier League and Thauvin soon struggled to get into the Newcastle team, spending most of his time on the bench.
A typically weak performance against Watford in January sealed his fate, and he’s now on loan at Marseille alongside another of the Toon scrapheap, Cabella.
3. Christian Benteke (to Liverpool, £32.5m)
Into the top three now, and Benteke kicks us off.
Despite enjoying a successful time at Aston Villa, Benteke’s move to Liverpool was questioned by many experts because of his style of play.
Preferring to be the main man in a system designed to get the ball to him as quickly as possible, Liverpool’s slick style was never going to match Benteke’s strengths.
He did score a screamer of a bicycle kick against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but that’s the highlight of a poor spell so far for the Belgian.
Benteke could still turn it around but thanks to his huge price tag, he’s a certainty for this list.
2. Adama Traore (to Aston Villa, £7.5m)
When ‘50% win ratio’ Tim Sherwood signed a player from Barcelona, it had many thinking Villa could actually be in for a decent season.
The talented teenager actually has a three year buy back clause in his contract, which allows the Spanish giants to cherry pick him should he become decent.
Do they get the Championship coverage in Spain? Because that’s where he’s going to be playing next season.
The main reason Traore is on this list is due to the fact that because Villa are ran so poorly, they inserted a clause in his contract (which must have been like a yellow pages) that entitled him to a £35,000 INCREASE in wages once he played ten games for Villa.
He’s currently played nine, hence why you don’t see him in the squad every week.
That kind of piss poor business ensures Traore takes his place high on this list, despite being a player that could well turn out to be more than decent.
1. Memphis Depay (to Manchester United, £25m)
No one else could top this list.
Another of Louis van Gaal’s transfer bollocks, Depay has been a shower of shit since signing from PSV.
Players from the Eredivisie are notoriously hit and miss. For every Ruud van Nistelrooy, there’s a Mateja Kezman.
Depay is definitely more Kezman.
Since signing, the 22-year-old winger has produced nowhere near the form that led him to building a huge reputation in Holland, instead treating Man United fans to a series of poor outings filled with wayward shots and a lack of effort.
Rumour has it that one of his shots he attempted against Shrewsbury on Monday night is still travelling and is somewhere near Jupiter.
He may go on to become a Man United great but at this moment in time, he’s utter garbage.