MANCHESTER UNITED’S sensational £22million swoop for Robin van Persie played a massive role in taking the Premier League title back to Old Trafford.
But other clubs have been less successful in their dealings — with Manchester City’s bid to defend their crown undermined by some shoddy signings. And big-spenders QPR failed to avoid the plunge despite splashing the cash on a raft of new players.
Here 411Webzine has picked out 10 transfer flops of this season, who set back their clubs over £70million on fees alone.
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1. Christopher Samba — Anzhi to QPR (£12.5m)
TOP FLOP … Samba failed to save QPR from relegation
THE towering centre-back was brought in at huge cost in a desperate bid to beat the drop, which ended in failure. While Samba is not solely to blame, he has looked a shadow of the player who dominated during his time at Blackburn. If QPR cannot flog him this summer, Harry Redknapp will be hoping he recaptures that form in the Championship next term.
2. Javi Garcia — Benfica to Man City (£16m)
JAVING A TOUGH TIME … Garcia is struggling to get to grips with life in England
THE most expensive name on this list, Garcia has failed to replace the attack-busting boots of Nigel de Jong for City this season. He has played 22 league games for the dethroned champions and bagged a couple of goals. But Garcia has not come close to justifying the huge bill Sheikh Mansour paid for his signature.
3. Joe Allen — Swansea to Liverpool (£15m)
KOPPING CRITICISM … Allen has come under fire since leaving the Swans
BRENDAN RODGERS broke a vow not to pluck any stars from his former club and shelled out a considerable sum for Allen. But his appearances have been limited since the new year after being dropped for a lack of form and suffering some injuries. Considering the hype that surrounded his move — and his manager’s faith in him — Allen has to go down as one of the most disappointing moves of the season.
4. Marko Marin — Werder Bremen to Chelsea (£6m)
THEY’VE MISSED THE MARK … Marin has been poor for Chelsea
CHELSEA have added some incredibly talented players to their squad this year but the 23-year-old German is not one of them. Marin has been limited to a handful of starts and with Oscar, Edin Hazard and Juan Mata at Stamford Bridge, that does not look like changing next year. It is likely he will be heading for the exit door next season as the Blues look to push on for the title — possibly with Jose Mourinho back at the helm.
5. Emmanuel Adebayor — Man City to Tottenham (£5m)
CHEEKY … Adebayor has been accused of fading this season after getting a permanent deal
AFTER a successful loan spell last season Tottenham thought they were getting a good deal by snaring Adebayor for just £5million. But the Togolese striker has only managed three league goals this campaign and his recent wastefulness has helped put the brakes on Spurs’ Champions League charge. Some will point at his overall contribution but with his whopping wage packet he should be firing his team into Europe not standing in the way.
6. Danny Graham — Swansea to Sunderland (£5m)
DESPERATE DAN … Graham needs to find the net for his new club
GRAHAM is another misfiring hitman who could end up costing his employers dearly. The £5million January capture is still searching for his first goal after 11 games for Sunderland. And with the Black Cats hovering dangerously above the drop zone it is time the former Swansea man started repaying the fee.
7. Esteban Granero — Real Madrid to QPR (£9m)
A GRAN DON’T COME FOR FREE … Granero has not been value for money
THE Spaniard found chances hard to come by at Real Madrid and headed for the Premier League with QPR.
Unfortunately he is one of the many Mark Hughes signings that let down the Welshman and effectively got him the axe. His patchy form failed to win over new boss Harry Redknapp when he arrived for his doomed bid to save the club — but the midfielder insists he is happy to drop to the Championship next season.
8. Alou Diarra — Marseille to West Ham (£2m)
HAMMER BLOW … Diarra is already back in France
THE powerful Frenchman’s move to West Ham has led to disappointment all round and seen him shipped back across the channel. After making just one league start after his summer switch, Diarra was loaned to Rennes in his homeland in January. The bitter ace said: “It is incomprehensible to buy a player, give him a three-year contract, and then ignore him.”
9. Scott Sinclair — Swansea to Man City (£6m)
THAT SINC-ING FEELING … Scott has hardly played for City
SINCLAIR earned many plaudits for his work during Swansea’s first season in the Premier League and caught the eye of City boss Roberto Mancini. But he has failed to impress at his new club where he has barely had a chance among the talented squad. A blood clot in his shoulder has completed a miserable season for the former Chelsea star and his future at the Etihad is unclear.
10. Maicon — Inter Milan to Man City (£3m)
SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN … Maicon has been poor for Manchester City despite the hype
MANCINI was over the moon after bringing Maicon — who he managed at Inter Milan — to Manchester.
There were question marks over the Brazil full-back’s fitness, however, and an injury-hit season backed up the doubters.
Even if he had been fit all season, the impressive Pablo Zabaleta has established himself as City’s first-choice right-back and would surely have kept his place.