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10 Premier League worst signings in history

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Premier League worst signings – Here is the list of the 10 worst signings of the Premier League era. Striker Romelu Lukaku is the latest player to join the list of worst signings in EPL history. So who are the rest of the names? Let’s check them out!

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Worst Premier League signings of all time

10. Paul Pogba (Juventus to Man Utd, £89 million)

 Paul Pogba - premier league worst signings

The first name on the Premier League worst signings list is Paul Pogba. In the summer of 2016, Pogba returned to Manchester United as the world’s top midfielder. But after six years at Old Trafford, the Frenchman’s performance did not meet expectations. In the end, the two sides freed each other, when Pogba returned to Juventus on a free transfer.

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9. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea, £50m)

Fernando Torres - worst premier league signings

In 2011, Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool for £50 million. At that time, Torres was one of the top strikers in the world and the amount Chelsea spent was considered appropriate. But the Spaniard lost his killer instincts at Stamford Bridge.

In four years at Chelsea, Torres has not scored more than eight goals in a single season in the Premier League. It was a deal that both Liverpool and Chelsea regretted.

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8. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan to Chelsea, £30m)

Andriy Shevchenko

Andriy Shevchenko is also one of the worst signings in Premier League history. Chelsea spent £ 30 million to recruit Shevchenko from AC Milan with much hope from President Roman Abramovich. However, the Ukrainian legend could not reach the top at the Blues, having only 9 goals in 48 appearances. Shevchenko struggled with injury and soon returned to Milan.

7. Danny Drinkwater (Leicester to Chelsea, £35m)

Danny Drinkwater - worst signing in premier league history

Chelsea’s list of failed transfers extends with the name Drinkwater. In the summer of 2017, he moved to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City for £ 35 million. The English midfielder only made 12 appearances and did not contribute much. This summer, Drinkwater left on a free transfer.

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6. Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco to Chelsea, £40m)

Tiemoue Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko is one of the Premier League worst signings ever. In the summer of 2017, Bakayoko moved to Stamford Bridge after Chelsea had to pay AS Monaco a sum of £ 40 million.
However, contrary to the expectations of fans and coaches, the French player displayed a football that lacked vitality and was indescribably less creative.
After one season, he was sent to AC Milan on a loan deal in the hope of saving his career. However, he soon received an ultimatum from the Italian team and coach Gennaro Gattuso seemed to be going crazy because of his play.

5. Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool, £35m)

Andy Carroll - worst signings in premier league history

Andy Carroll is arguably Liverpool’s worst signing of all time, and one of the worst winter signings in Premier League history. The Kop paid £36.9 million to sign the English striker in January 2011, replacing Fernando Torres. As impressive as the Torres player is, Carroll disappoints. The English striker has only 6 goals in 44 appearances for Liverpool.

Carroll only scored 11 goals in 58 games for the Merseyside club. In the summer of 2012, Liverpool let Carroll join West Ham on loan, before selling the striker born in 1989 to the London club.

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4. Nicolas Pepe (Lille to Arsenal, £72m)

Nicolas Pepe

In the summer of 2019, Arsenal spent £ 72 million to recruit Pepe, thereby making him the most expensive player in the history of the club. Despite possessing good personal technique, Pepe’s efficiency is not high, so he constantly “sharpened his crotch” on the bench.

Pepe has scored 16 goals in 80 Premier League appearances and has never been the first choice of managers at Arsenal.

3. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal to Man Utd, Swap deal)

Alexis Sanchez - worst premier league transfers

Sanchez is also the worst signing in Premier League history. He once flourished in the Arsenal shirt before falling miserably at Man United. Although the “Red Devils” did not spend money to recruit the Chilean player, with a salary of £ 500,000 / week, it was a big disappointing deal.

Sanchez was trusted with the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, but he only made 32 appearances in two seasons and scored three goals.

2. Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid to Man Utd, £60m)

Angel Di Maria - worst transfers in premier league history

Di Maria continues to be the “victim” of the number 7 shirt at Man United. “Red Devils” spent £ 60 million to bring him back from Real Madrid. In fact, Di Maria got off to a good start, but the injury left the Argentinian struggling to find form. After 1 year, Di Maria moved to Ligue 1 to play for Paris St Germain.

1. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan to Chelsea, £97m)

Romelu Lukaku - worst premier league transfers

It is no exaggeration to say that Lukaku is the worst deal in the EPL era.

The Blues spent £97m to bring in Lukaku, despite his failure at Stamford Bridge. However, Lukaku once again disappointed. Not only faint on the field, his statements made Chelsea fans angry many times.

At the end of the 2021-22 season, coach Thomas Tuchel no longer had enough patience with Lukaku and let him return to Inter on loan.


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