The Worst January Transfers In Premier League History
The January transfer window is a pretty predictable part of any Premier League season. By the time the winter comes around, clubs know where they stand in terms of what they should be competing for during the second half of the campaign.
Those battling relegation know they need to strengthen and more often than not, will take a few gambles in the transfer market in an attempt to turn things around and fight their way out of trouble. Whereas those either battling for the title or pushing for European qualification will be a little bit more composed in their business.
Both scenarios inevitably lead to the same thing – transfers being made that just don’t work out. Teams at both ends of the table have done it, and there are always a handful of January signings who arrive with great fanfare before drifting off into obscurity shortly afterwards.
How many of the players arriving at Premier League clubs this winter will join the illustrious list of the worst ever January transfers in Premier League history.
How many has your club made?
Ricardo Rocha to Tottenham (2007)
Portuguese Rocha had been playing Champions League football for Benfica before completing a £3.3m move to Spurs in 2007 and made his first appearance in Ledley King’s stead on 27th January.
However, he went on to make just five appearances for the Lilywhites in 2007/08 and didn’t play one competitive game the next season – he was released on 14th June 2009 upon the expiry of his three-and-a-half-year contract. Flop.