Andy Carroll’s big-money move to Liverpool in 2011 has been voted the WORST ever Premier League signing, according to a survey.
The injury-prone frontman, who now plies his trade for Reading, managed only 11 goals in 58 appearances during his three years at Liverpool.
A poll of 2,000 football fans found the Reds were also the beneficiaries of the second-biggest transfer blunder, when Barcelona paid them £140m for wantaway midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
But the Brazilian struggled at the Nou Camp – although his fortunes have turned since returning to the Premier League on loan at Aston Villa.
The research was commissioned by Virgin Media O2 to highlight the Transfer Centre Tool, showing the latest transfers as they happen.
Fernando Torres moving from Liverpool to Chelsea – in the same window Andy Carroll came in – was deemed the third biggest waste of money by football fans.
And Alexis Sánchez’s move from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2018 was voted the sixth biggest waste of cash – despite no actual transfer fee changing hands, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way.
On the brighter side of the balance books, Eric Cantona signing on the dotted line for Manchester United from Leeds for just £1.2m in 1992, was named the best value for money.
Jamie Vardy’s 2012 move from Fleetwood Town to Leicester City for a similar fee was second, with Cristiano Ronald’s first arrival at Man United third on the list.
David Bouchier, chief TV and entertainment officer at Virgin Media O2, said: “Football fans love nothing more than talking about transfer gossip, and that is why we have launched a new live transfer tracking tool to keep them up to date with the latest ins and outs.
“As our research has shown, fans have a clear passion for how their club navigates the transfer window, with strong views on what makes a good or bad signing.
“The January transfer window looks set to conclude in exciting fashion, with many players set to be on the move – so fans can be confident in our online tool to keep them one step ahead of the game.”
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The research also found more than half of footie fans (53 percent) have gleefully chanted “What a waste of money” at a rival’s poorly-performing big signing.
And six in ten admit they “love it” when a rival team sign a player who turns out to be the wrong fit.
Just under four in ten (39 percent) believe the club they support is worst of them all when it comes to duff signings.
But, strangely, nearly half (47 percent) admit that despite a signing for their team turning out to be a flop, they still look back at their time with the club with nostalgic fondness.
It also emerged that the vast majority (75 percent) of football fans believe transfer fees are too high in the modern game, according to the OnePoll figures.
More than half (56 percent) would like to see caps on transfer fees and salaries, with 86 percent blaming agents for driving prices up too high.
It has got to such a point that 63 percent claim the astronomical fees involved in football have started to “put them off” the sport.
THE 30 WORST VALUE-FOR-MONEY SIGNINGS INVOLVING AN ENGLISH CLUB:
- Andy Carroll, Newcastle to Liverpool – £36m, 2011
- Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool to Barcelona – £140m, 2018
- Fernando Torres, Liverpool to Chelsea – £52m, 2011
Ángel di María, Real Madrid to Man United – £67m, 2014
Danny Drinkwater, Leicester to Chelsea – £34m, 2017
Alexis Sánchez, Arsenal to Man United – swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 2018
Nicolas Pepe, Lille to Arsenal – £72m, 2019
Mario Balotelli, AC Milan to Liverpool – £18m, 2014
Donny Van de Beek, Ajax to Man United – £35m, 2020
Michael Owen, Real Madrid to Newcastle – £22m, 2005
Rhian Brewster, Liverpool to Sheffield United – £23m, 2019
Juan Sebastián Verón, Lazio to Man United – £38m, 2001
Andriy Shevchenko, AC Milan to Chelsea – £40m, 2006
Francis Jeffers, Everton to Arsenal – £13m, 2001
Owen Hargreaves, Bayern Munich to Man United – £22m, 2007
Eliaquim Mangala, Porto to Man City – £40m, 2014
David Bentley, Blackburn to Tottenham – £19m, 2008
Kai Havertz, Bayer Leverkusen to Chelsea – £72m, 2020
Roberto Soldado, Valencia to Tottenham – £26m, 2013
Saido Berahino, West Brom to Stoke – £12m, 2017
Robinho, Chelsea to Man City – £32m, 2008
Jack Rodwell, Man City to Sunderland – £11m, 2014
Bebe, Vitoria Guimaraes to Man United – £8m, 2010
Alberto Aquilani, Roma to Liverpool – £18m, 2009
Adrian Mutu, Parma to Chelsea – £16m, 2003
Seth Johnson, Derby to Leeds – £10m, 2004
Tomas Brolin, Parma to Leeds – £5m, 1995
Oumar Niasse, Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton – £16m, 2016
Ricky Alvarez, Inter Milan to Sunderland – £9m, 2015
Roque Santa Cruz, Blackburn to Man City – £17m, 2009
THE 20 BEST VALUE-FOR-MONEY SIGNINGS INVOLVING AN ENGLISH CLUB:
- Eric Cantona, Leeds to Man United – £1m, 1992
- Jamie Vardy, Fleetwood to Leicester – £1m, 2012
- Cristiano Ronaldo, Sporting Lisbon to Man United – £12m, 2003
- Thierry Henry, Monaco to Arsenal – £11m, 1999
- Mohamed Salah, Roma to Liverpool – £37m, 2017
- Kenny Dalglish, Celtic to Liverpool – £440k, 1977
- Dennis Bergkamp, Inter Milan to Arsenal – £7m, 1995
- Alan Shearer, Blackburn to Newcastle – £15m, 1996
- Frank Lampard, West Ham to Chelsea – £11m, 2001
- Patrick Vieira, AC Milan to Arsenal – £3m, 1996
- Roy Keane, Nottingham Forest to Man United – £8m, 1993
- Vincent Kompany, Hamburg to Man City – £6m, 2008
- Wayne Rooney, Everton to Man United – £30m, 2004
- Sergio Aguero, Atletico Madrid to Man City – £35m, 2011
- Didier Drogba, Marseille to Chelsea – £24m, 2004
- Teddy Sheringham, Nottingham Forest to Tottenham – £3m, 1992
- Gianfranco Zola, Parma to Chelsea – £4m, 1996
- N'Golo Kante, Caen to Leicester – £5m, 2015
- David Silva, Valencia to Man City – £29m, 2010
- Eden Hazard, Lille to Chelsea – £32m, 2012
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