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What A Waste Of Money: Last Season’s Biggest Transfer Flops

October 25, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Rather like substitutions, transfers have the capacity to dramatically impact a team’s fortunes. Whereas the former can have a huge impact on deciding individual games, however, the latter can make or break an entire season for both clubs and players alike. There are occasions where even the best managers make major miscalculations when executing transfers, as they invest heavily on players that ultimately fail to make the grade.

Last season the Premier League was cluttered with bad transfers, and after much debate, here at BetHut we run down the worst three signings of 2014/15.

Jack Rodwell (Manchester City to Sunderland, £10 million)

During his days as a young midfielder at Everton, Jack Rodwell earned rave reviews as a future England international. Chronic injury issues have hindered his development, while a prestigious move to big-spending Manchester City failed to ignite a faltering career. Despite this, Sunderland invested £10 million in his services, and while Rodwell scored against both Manchester United and Manchester City he featured only sporadically throughout his debut season. Former manager Gus Poyet also questioned Rodwell’s output, with his sizable investment ultimately proving fruitless.

Rickie Lambert (Southampton to Liverpool, £7 million)

When Liverpool signed Rickie Lambert for £7 million from the Saints, many felt as though they had secured a genuine bargain. With the loss of talisman Luis Suarez subsequently compounded by a long-term injury to the occasionally brilliant Daniel Sturridge however, Lambert suddenly seemed out of his depth and was unable to bridge this considerable gap. He also seemed to lack the presence that Liverpool craved, while struggling to adapt to manager Brendan Rodgers’ fluid, high-pressing style. Having started just five league games last term and scored one goal, he was offloaded to West Bromwich Albion in the summer for a loss.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United to QPR, free transfer)

While nothing should detract from Rio Ferdinand’s achievement as a dominant and skilful centre half during Manchester United’s decade of dominance during the noughties, injuries and age had taken a significant toll by the time he left last summer. While QPR were able to secure his services on a free transfer, however, his wages represented a huge investment for the West Londoners and one that ultimately failed to deliver a return. Not only did Ferdinand miss a number of games through injury and a controversial suspension, but he also failed to command a creaking defence that failed to save the Hoops from relegation.

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