Fernando Torres has been named one of the worst January signings as the winter window draws to a close.
The Spaniard was excellent for Atletico Madrid, captaining the side from a young age and leading the strike force. He arrived Liverpool highly recommended and celebrated. He lived up to expectations again but on moving to Chelsea for a record £50 million, he was an utter embarrassment that would not be forgotten in a hurry.
West Ham striker Andy Carroll leaving Newcastle for Liverpool to be the eight most expensive player in 2011 comes close to as another monumental disappointment. Injuries messed up his time at Anfield from the beginning before exiting on loan then permanently.
Aside the Merseyside, Aston Villa signed Jean Makoun for £6.2 million from France but the Cameroonian failed to impress and had to ship off quick.
In recent years, the transfer of Kostas Mitroglou from Olympiakos to Fulham in 2014 was another disappointment. He could not mix well with the new team but when returned on loan to his former club he rediscovered his old form. He was subsequently sold to Benfica leaving Fulham high and dry.
Chelsea seemed to escape trouble as they lost out in the race for Andrej Kramaric in 2015. The Croatia international joined Leicester for £9.7 million but could only net twice. The Foxes were lucky to escape relegation before they turned their fortunes around the next season.
Last year undoubtedly Oumar Niasse’s transfer to Everton from Russia was the wrongest of moves. The player joined the Toffees for £13.5 million but the Senegalese did not shine one bit. When Ronald Koeman took over, he shipped him off after placing him with the under 23s.
So many players have branded ‘bad sales’ in the winter window. These players would make any list.