Monday, September 21, 2020

Who Is The Worst Signing In Premier League History?

Alexis Sanchez made his move from Manchester United to Inter Milan permanent this week, penning a three year deal. He now joins the history books, with his move from Arsenal to Manchester United, as one of the worst signings in Premier League history.

That leaves the question as to who is the Premier League signings in history?

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal- Manchester United, January 2018, Swap)

The former Udinese and Barcelona attacker came to Manchester United with alot of hype after his time with Arsenal but he simply did not deliver.

Sanchez was a let down not only for his production on the pitch but also with how well he did at Arsenal. He showed slight decline towards the end of his time at Arsenal but people, including myself, thought that this was down to the fact he wanted to leave Arsenal and maybe his head was turned.

Instead, he ended up being a complete flop in Manchester and is now a permanent Inter Milan player.

Sanchez during his time at Arsenal.

Sanchez scored 80 goals in 166 games for Arsenal whereas he only managed 5 goals in 45 appearances for Manchester United.

Not only did Sanchez not perform for Manchester United, but he also did so on £350,000 a week.

Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool- January 2011, £35 million)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 06: Andy Carroll of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on March 6, 2011 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Andy Carroll had a brilliant first 6 months in the Premier League, scoring 11 goals in 19 appearances after scoring 17 goals in 39 games in the Championship the season prior. He came to Liverpool for £35 million as a replacement for Fernando Torres, who broke Liverpool fans’ hearts by moving to Chelsea.

He didnt start a game until March due to injury, which should have been a red flag. He only managed to score 11 goals in 56 games for Liverpool. He did score the winner against Everton at Wembley in the FA Cup Semi Final in 2012 but apart from that, the Geordie did not have a great time in Liverpool. In the same summer as Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool as the new manager, he was quick to offload Carroll to West Ham on loan before the move was made permanent the next summer.

Carroll after scoring the FA Cup semi final winner against Everton.

Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea- January 2011- £50 million)

Another signing on the same day Fernando Torres makes the list. Despite the Spaniard’s £50 transfer fee, he did score the goal which sent Chelsea to the Champions League Final, which they went on to win as well as scoring in the Europa League Final the year later when they beat Benfica 2-1.

Torres after his Champions League semi final winner against Barcelona.

However, despite this, he still did not score anywhere near as many goals or goals per game as he managed in Liverpool and he was generally a massive disappointment.

Fernando Torres scored 81 goals in 142 games for Liverpool and just as Sanchez did, Torres showed decline towards the end of his days at Liverpool. He would score 45 goals in 172 appearances for Chelsea, with just 20 of those in the Premier League. He is also now known for one of the worst misses in Premier League history for his horrible miss against Chelsea.

Torres after his horror miss against Manchester United.

Overall, in conclusion, all three of these players have one thing in common. They all disappointed after joining their respective clubs with alot of expectation.

In my opinion, i would give the title of the Premier League’s worst signing to Alexis Sanchez. All three of the aforementioned players didnt match expectations but Torres and Carroll have that moment that fans will remember. Torres has the Barcelona goal and Carroll has the FA Cup Semi Final winner against Everton.

Alexis Sanchez is arguably remembered as much for his performance on the piano than for anything he did on the pitch for Manchester United.

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