Published on February 13, 2013 | by Nathan Evans

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Top 5 Premier League flops

After the departure of Arsenal’s flop left-back Andre Santos, we at ALN sports take a look back over the five biggest transfer flops within the Premier League.

No.5 – Francis Jeffers

In at number five we have Francis Jeffers. The youngster from Liverpool impressed while at Everton but more importantly for the England under-21s, bagging 13 goals in 16 games. He then signed for Arsenal in 2001 for a reported £8 million.

During his three seasons with Arsenal he made 40 appearances but only scored nine goals. This record led to him being loaned back to Everton for the 2003/04 season where he managed just two goals in 22 games.

No.4 – Winston Bogarde

The number four spot is being occupied by a Dutchman who played for Barcelona and Milan, Winston Bogarde. We asked fellow reporters at ALN exactly who was Winston Bogarde? Only a few could answer, suggesting his career in England was not a memorable one.

Although he did join Chelsea for free in 2000, Bogarde made just nine appearances during his four years. He did, however, allegedly cost his employers a reported £11 million pounds in wages.

No.3 – Steve Marlet

Sailing in at number three is Fulham’s French fancy, Steve Marlet. Costing £11.5 million in 2001, he was one of the largest transfer fees of the time. During Marlet’s spell at Fulham he managed only 11 goals, working out at just over £1 million per goal.

No.2 – Jo

At number two we have a player who needs only two letters to spell his name, Jo. The Brazilian striker signed for Manchester City for a fee believed to be around £19 million. His previous side, CSKA Moscow, believed he warranted this price tag due to his record of 44 goals in 78 games for them during his time in Russia.

This price tag, however, turned out to be well above what they should have paid, as Jo played just 21 times in the league managing one solitary goal, a measly record for a striker who was reportedly going to take the Premier League by storm.

No. 1 – Fernando Torres
Torres disappointment

Fernando Torres has struggled for form since moving to Chelsea.
Photo by Ben Sutherland

Topping the list at number one is £50 million man Fernando Torres. Since joining Chelsea in January 2011, Torres has failed to recapture the form that made him worthy of his hefty price tag.

While playing for Liverpool, Torres had managed 65 league goals in 102 appearances. This record is quite a bit above what he has managed in the blue shirt of Chelsea.

Torres has managed just 14 league goals in his two seasons so far, causing many Chelsea fans to voice their opinions on whether he is worthy of his hefty price tag.  Let it be known, however, that Torres can still prove people wrong.  All he has to do is regain his Liverpool form and fill the net.

That concludes the five biggest transfer flops within the Premier League, as we at ALN sport see it. If you feel differently feel free to comment with your choices and who would you change?

 

 

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