What a waste of Money: A Look at the worst signings of 2015/16
May 18, 2016
With so much money spent in the Premier League on an annual basis, it is no surprise that not all of this capital is invested wisely. From Manchester United’s unfathomable signing of Bebe to Tottenham’s £26 million investment in the lacklustre Roberto Soldado, EPL history is littered with the ghosts of disastrous purchases and ruined reputations. This year has seen more names added to the list, in a season where the nation’s biggest clubs have punched well below their weight.
With this in mind, here are three of the worst and most ineffective signings of the last season: –
Baba Rahman (Chelsea, £16 million)
This time last season, Ghana left-back Baba Rahman was celebrating an extremely promising season with Bundesliga outfit Augsburg. It therefore came as little surprise that Chelsea invested £16 million in the 21-year old during the summer, as the Blues looked to introduce some youth and pace into their ageing squad.
Fast-forward nine months, however, and Rahman’s Blues career is in doubt after a season of turbulence. The Ghana international has made just 12 appearances despite Chelsea’s struggles in the league, while he has also failed to impose himself when he has made the starting line-up. Costing more than £1 million per appearance so far, Rahman will hardly have endeared himself to incoming manager Antonio Conte and could well find himself moving on during the summer.
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa, undisclosed)
When Aston Villa signed West Bromwich Albion defender Joleon Lescott in September, fans welcomed the move to strengthen an inexperienced and youthful back line. Despite his perceived quality, experience and leadership ability, however, Lescott has proved to be a huge liability in a season full of disappointment.
Not only has he struggled on the pitch, for example, but he has also failed to endear fans with a series of PR gaffes. Firstly, he shared a picture of a brand new Mercedes after his side were thrashed 6-0 at home against Liverpool, showing little or no regard for Villa’s plight. Lescott then claimed that the confirmation of Villa’s relegation was a ‘weight off the player’s shoulders’, drawing scathing criticism from legends such as Paul McGrath and Stan Collymore.
Pedro (Chelsea, £18 million)
This may be a controversial selection, particularly with players such as Memphis Depay having cost more and performed statistically worse. Pedro came with huge experience and pedigree from his time at Barcelona, however, while his reputation for sharp movement and world class finishing was renowned across the globe.
Despite this, the Spaniard has flattered to deceive, scoring just seven goals in 27 outings and failing to shine in any games against the top EPL clubs. In fact, all of Pedro’s goals came against relegation-threatened opposition, including one on his debut against West Bromwich Albion.