These in my eyes, are the worst January signings in recent times in The Barclays Premier League. Of course there are a few more, although for the money that has been paid and the fact that clubs are not getting what they paid for puts these five above all others.
Far too much money is being shelled out on players by clubs desperate to boost their squad in the Winter period without actually looking at how a certain player can fit into a certain system, or even just being able to offer more than what they already have in the squad.
Clubs monitor and scout players from all over the world throughout the season, some watch a player for a year or two before making a move in the transfer market for them. Although come January, this all goes out of the window with any average to decent player all of a sudden becoming a more valuable commodity.
It’s obviously a time for Champions League contenders to make a final push for qualification, a fight till the death for the league title or in some cases the last ditch effort to stave off relegation.
5. Benni McCarthy
The arrival of Benni was seen as a sound signing in January 2010 at West Ham: he was after all a forward who was partial to a goal or two, who had been pushed out of Blackburn by the arrival of other players. A largely successful spell at Blackburn Rovers was halted with the fantastic form of Roque Santa Cruz. but luckily his record of 0 goals in fourteen appearances and a distinct lack of enthusiasm was enough for the Hammers Chief, Karen Brady.
Exactly a year later and having played only 326 minutes of football, over just three starts he was left out of the 2010/2011 season squad altogether, which resulted in McCarthy receiving an amazing £1.5m payoff in return for tearing up his remaining 14 month contract.
Benni joined Orlando Pirates in South Africa, winning the title in his first season while scoring 10 goals. The title means that he’s the first South African to win 3 titles, with 3 different clubs in 2 continents – his other league titles coming at Porto and Ajax.
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This article was first posted on March 6, 2013