The Worst Player In Every Premier League Team’s History
Football clubs, especially those in the PL, have tons of people who work behind the scenes – those who remain out of the limelight and do rather unglamorous jobs which are still essential for keeping their club running. You see the players, the management staff patrolling their technical areas, but what about the others – those who are responsible for getting the player to the club and on the pitch? The owners have the cash, the coach has a say in the matter, and then it’s up to the scouts, but mainly the agents who use their business acumen to try and negotiate a deal that keeps everyone happy.
Sometimes the transfer works out for all parties. The player arrives, settles in quickly and begins putting in valuable performance, proving his worth in the PL. But there’ve been other instances where it’s just gone all wrong. Perhaps a player’s been lumped with a hefty price tag on his head but hasn’t lived up to expectations. It may be due to disciplinary issues, or the fact that the fast-paced environment of the PL is just too much of a challenge for some people. Whatever the reasons may be, there’ve been plenty of instances where a player has arrived at a club and has gone on to be nothing more than a major flop. Flop players – every PL team’s had them; these are the worst in every current PL team’s history.
- ARSENAL – MIKAEL SILVESTRE
After being a Man United stalwart in defense for just under a decade, Arsene Wenger wanted to sure-up his defense, and so calling upon the services of Silvestre was a logical decision – or so he and everyone thought at the time. Silvestre moved to The Emirates Stadium in 2008, but enjoyed a less than decent time of it. It’s difficult to ascertain why Silvestre was a major flop in North London. It wasn’t like the PL was new to him; he’d made 249 appearances for United, and you would’ve thought he’d be at home joining the large French contingent at Arsenal. Perhaps that’s why he flopped – he felt too comfortable and got too complacent. After just 26 appearances for The Gunners in two years, Arsenal unsurprisingly released him from his contract.
- BOURNEMOUTH – LORENZO DAVIDS
One name comes to mind when you hear the name Davids in footballing circles – Edgar Davids. The Dutchman was one of the best and most recognizable players of his generation, due to his footballing ability but also because of those iconic dreadlocks and goggles he wore on the pitch. Yes, Lorenzo Davids is related to him – they’re cousins – but he is no Edgar. He started his senior career in 2006 and has since scored five goals. He’s a midfielder so he should have netted more times than that – that’s a pretty dire goalscoring tally even for a defender. Lorenzo’s tried his luck at numerous different clubs, but so far has failed to impress.
In 2012 he fulfilled his dream of coming to play in England, even if it was with Bournemouth who was in League One at the time. He signed a two-year contract with The Cherries, but his time at Dean Court was marred by injuries. Lorenzo made his debut a month after signing and subsequently only made a couple more appearances before being ousted from the club in the next transfer window. His time in English football was short but certainly not sweet.
- BURNLEY – ERIC DJEMBA-DJEMBA
Eric Djemba-Djemba made a name for himself with Nantes. After a string of impressive performances, Sir Alex Ferguson came calling and signed him up for £3.5 million, with the goal of molding him into a Roy Keane type of player, whose time at Old Trafford was slowly drawing to a close. Eric was a fiery character in midfield – he possessed the raw attributes that could have made him into Keane’s successor; he was a hard tackler, had that hardcore attitude and an all-round aggressive style of playing the game – exactly what Sir Alex wanted. He was given chances at Old Trafford but was extremely inconsistent. Incidentally the same year Keane left the club, Eric was also booted out; Sir Alex had made his mind up and decided Eric wasn’t the right fit for the club. From United he moved to Aston Villa.
His time at Villa Park was equally as miserable, so they sent him out on loan to Burnley – you can guess what I’m going to say next. In all, Eric’s time in England was forgettable. He spent four years in England, made 46 appearances and scored no goals, making no sort of impression. His name was the only thing about him that made any sort of an impression; fans used to take the piss, joking that Eric Djemba-Djemba was so good he was named twice.
When Eric left Burnley, English newspaper, The Daily Mail, listed Eric as one of the biggest flop players in the history of the PL. It’s hard not to agree.
- CHELSEA – FERNANDO TORRES
It may puzzle some of you that Torres is on this list – some of you Liverpool fans that is. That’s because after doing decently in Spain with Atletico Madrid, he set the PL and the world alight when he moved to England. During his four years at Anfield he netted 65 times in 102 appearances and established himself as one of the most feared strikers in world football.
In 2011 Liverpool did everything they possibly could to keep him at the club. They rejected numerous offers from some of the biggest clubs in Europe and rejected Torres’ own transfer request. But they just couldn’t say no to the £50 million Chelsea offered. At the time the move was a British transfer record and it made Torres one of the most expensive players on the planet. But in the end, he and all parties involved in the transfer probably wished he’d stayed at Anfield. His time with Chelsea was an utter flop. He took 903 minutes to score his first goal, and that was his only goal for the rest of the season.
The next season he had a goal drought of 24 games; it’s remarkable how different his time was in South West London in comparison to his stint in North West England. Due to the hefty price tag and his lack of goals, Torres has to be considered Chelsea’s most disappointing player ever.