I tried to keep the rules for determining the worst transfer simple. In short, I wanted to measure the impact a player had on a club against the impact he would have been expected to have when he signed originally. So here are the top 10 of the worst transfer ever.
1.Alexis Sanchez in Manchester United :-Sanchez appeared set to join Manchester City before United balked at the Chilean star's wage demands. United handed Sanchez a four and a half year deal reportedly worth £391,000 per week with £75,000 appearance bonuses and a £1.1m annual bonus hoping that he would do well. Instead, Sanchez scored just three Premier League goals in two seasons before been loaned to inter. The Red Devils are still paying Sanchez more than £200,000 per week to play in Italy. What a pity.
2.Mario Balotelli to Liverpool :-Became clear that they had made a mistake. Rodgers was publicly critical in admitting Balotelli was his last available choice to replace Suarez, and the Italian scored one Premier League goal for Liverpool in 939 minutes before leaving to return to Milan on loan. His failure contributed to Rodgers' sacking.
3.Angel Di Maria to Manchester United :-The Argentine was named club Player of the Month in October but, after missing time with a hamstring injury, never seemed to regain his old form.
4.Fernando Torres to Chelsea :-Torres scored 65 league goals in 7,856 minutes for Liverpool, or about once every 120.8 minutes; after signing for Chelsea, he netted a mere 20 league goals in 6,824 minutes, which was closer to once every 341 minutes. That's too poor.
5.Andy Carroll to Liverpool :-The 22 years old had really spent only one half season as a starting striker for Newcastle in the top flight, scoring 11 goals in 19 games, but injuries and coaching changes marginalized the lanky striker. Scored just 6 goals before heading to west ham.
6. Danny Drinkwater to Chelsea :-Drinkwater made 12 Premier League appearances in his debut season with Chelsea, but after Antonio Conte left, the midfielder has been floating out of relevance. There was one appearance under Maurizio Sarri in the Community Shield, and he has not appeared in a Chelsea kit since, even though lampard is interested in him.
7.Saido Berahino to Stoke City :-In 28 matches for Stoke in the Premier League, he failed to score even just once. After scoring three goals in the next season, the club terminated Berahino's contract after he was arrested on charges of driving drunk.
8. Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool :- The Italian started just nine times in his lone season with Liverpool, and while Aquilani contributed five assists in 817 minutes, Benitez's departure brought Aquilani's career on Merseyside to a close.
9.David Bentley to Tottenham :-Bentley struggled in his debut season, contributing only one goal and three assists in 1,826 minutes, and things only got worse.
10. Andriy Shevchenko to Chelsea :-The problem was that the new man was 29 and, while he had been scoring for fun at Milan, he seemed to age overnight after his move to Stamford Bridge.
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