Everybody loves a new signing at their club, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out. A lot can make or break a player’s reputation. It doesn’t matter how good they are, there are other things beyond your control that can influence how well a move to a new club turns out. If the manager plays you out of position or you just can’t adapt to the culture, well then things might not be so great.
This list details the 40 worst signings in Premier League history. It’s important to remember that we’re not talking about the 40 worst players. While some of the footballers here would definitely land on that list too, others like Fernando Torres carved out phenomenal careers elsewhere. It’s just one move that stained their careers. Check out the 40 worst signings in the history of the Premier League below.
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40. Fernando Torres
Torres is the epitome of a brilliant player being a bad signing. He was absolutely magnificent for Liverpool but his move to Chelsea is generally seen as a failure. After 3-and-a-half seasons at Anfield, he moved on to Stamford Bridge for a then-massive £50 million. One goal in his first half-season was a poor start for the Spaniard.
It wouldn’t get much better. Injuries would strip him of his searing pace and he struggled to establish himself in the side. Sure he had some highlight-reel moments like that last-minute Champion’s League semi-final goal against Barcelona, but they were few and far between. It’s safe to say they didn’t get the value they expected from him.