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11 Least Impressive Premier League Summer Buys So Far This Season


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With it being February the league is just over halfway complete. Accordingly, I thought I’d choose the eleven players that have impressed me the least this Premier League season. Consider it a mid-term report of sorts.

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  • Richard Kingson (Blackpool)

The former Wigan keeper was part of the much-loved Ghana team in last summer’s World Cup. Unfortunately for him he’s consistently made basic goalkeeping errors most recently in the 3-1 home defeat to relegation threatened West Ham, allowing Victor Obinna’s shot to squirm through his hands.

  • Marco Angeleri (Sunderland)

An Argentine full back signed for £1.5m many heralded him as a bargain signing by Steve Bruce. When claims he was homesick surfaced early on, the future didn’t look bright. He has since gone on to make only two appearances and message boards have been littered with reports of his incredibly poor showings for the club’s reserve side.

  • James Perch (Newcastle United)

The one time captain of Nottingham Forest has looked chronically out of his depth in the top flight. The one real blight of Chris Hughton’s reign at the Magpies, it’s likely he’ll be shown the door in the summer.

  • Winston Reid (West Ham United)

Proof that the World Cup should not be used as a form of scouting. A hero for New Zealand despite representing Denmark at youth level, he scored a dramatic equalizer for the Kiwis against Slovakia. The athletic centre back cost Avram Grant £4m from FC Midtjylland and has since played a mere four times.

  • Paul Konchesky (Liverpool, now Nottingham Forest)

He became the embodiment of everything Liverpool fans hated about Roy Hodgson. In response, his own mother took to Facebook to defend her boy with a rather hilarious rant. January saw a loan move to Nottingham Forest and what is surely the end of his Liverpool career.

  • Christian Poulsen (Liverpool)

Bought to replace Javier Mascherano, an impossible task when you consider how different in style the two are. Looking pedestrian and too slow for the league he finds himself confined to Liverpool’s bench for now and most likely the foreseeable future.

  • Stephen Ireland (Aston Villa, now Newcastle United)

Signed as a makeweight in the James Milner deal many saw this as fantastic business by Aston Villa. He was the playmaker they needed who looked fantastic under Mark Hughes. A host of off field problems and a fallout with manager Gerard Houiller have coincided with his departure albeit on loan to Newcastle, the team he made his Villa debut against.

  • Joe Cole (Liverpool)

Despite early promise at West Ham, the former Chelsea midfielder still struggles to play with any real consistency. A glimmer of his early days in the Europa League have been the only highlight in what’s been a poor start to Cole’s Liverpool career.

  • Christian Riveros (Sunderland)

Steve Bruce’s second Paraguayan signing, Riveros was expected to give Sunderland’s centre of midfield some goals and attacking impetuous. After an impressive goal in the World Cup the club’s fans were rightly excited. Unfortunately the former Cruz Azul midfielder has shown little of that early promise with six of his ten appearances having come from the bench.

  • Maluary Martin (Blackpool)

The Frenchman comes with quite a pedigree. Ex Monaco and capped at youth level for France, he is still yet to even make an appearance for the Tangerines. Thankfully for Blackpool fans he only has a one year deal which looks increasingly unlikely to be renewed.

  • Magaye Gueye (Everton)

Signed from Strasbourg in the summer, the French striker/winger has represented his country at u-21 level. Viewed by many as an exciting French prospect he has still to even make a league appearance for Everton, despite good reports from a pre-season friendly in Australia against Brisbane Roar.

Bonus:

  • Mauro Boselli (Wigan Athletic)

Not for the first time Roberto Martinez looked to bring in a South American striker. Tipped to struggle by the BBC’s Tim Vickery, the man nicknamed ‘Vickipedia’ called it correct. His lowest point for Wigan must have surely come at Upton Park where he missed from the penalty spot. He now finds himself on loan at Genoa just over 6 months after signing.

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24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Eric

    February 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Pablo Barrera?

  2. Dave C

    February 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I always feel these lists are kind of unfair. Let’s not forget Thierry Henry and Didier Drogba both looked pretty underwhelming for a whole year before finally finding their groove in the EPL.

  3. old33

    February 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Ironic thing about Chamakh, he was epltalk’s best transfer signing in a blog a few months ago.

  4. Gigi

    February 11, 2011 at 1:38 am

    How about Chamakh?

    • jonathan

      February 11, 2011 at 7:10 am

      to be fair, he started the season very well…but once RVP got fit there was no choice who would be starting…love it or hate it (i hate it) AW plays favorites

  5. JC

    February 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Kingson seems like an off-base choice. And I’d add Milner. Not sure what to make of Ramires yet. He hasn’t looked good when I’ve seen him, I know that.

  6. jonathan

    February 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    good list, squillaci and milner also come to mind.

  7. jelly

    February 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    How about Jelle Van Damme for Wolves? And yes, Jovanovic should be here as well.

  8. Terryanne

    February 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Jovanovich of Liverpool has also been very poor and now relegated to the reserves.

    • Gazza

      February 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      A flop yes but he was free so he really shouldnt be considered a buy.

  9. Robert

    February 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Steven Fletcher?

  10. Elliot

    February 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Ramires should still be on there, he’s been impressive in a single match so far this season.

  11. baba marley

    February 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Remires I guess………….he is poor………..very very poor

    • dan

      February 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      yep!

      also as a Spurs supporter… Sandro?

      • Karl Sears

        February 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

        Sandro is a good shout

  12. Earl Reed

    February 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I think the list is good, but I hope you put Kingson there only because you needed a goalkeeper on the list. The guy was Man Of The Match against Stoke, and have you seen the way the back 4 play Seaside? Yes he’s been struggling, but seems like a rush to judgment.

  13. Bala

    February 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Bebe…who?

  14. Edward C

    February 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

    No Sebastien Squillaci? I’m disappointed.

    • Capt. Mok

      February 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm

      Come on, this guy was bought as a fourth centre back and only due to injury has he played this much games even though recently he hasn’t been top notch you should give the guy some space hes still adjusting.

      • Edward C

        February 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

        Hasn’t been top-notch, you say…he hasn’t even been middle-notch! If you take him out of the equation and the defence is solid, then you bring him in and everything goes haywire, the problem is not Koscielny. Plus, he goes to show that experience is overrated. Plus, he brings back unpleasant memories of a certain “experienced” French defender who was with Arsenal last season. He’s been playing at the top for so many years, the “not so many games” argument doesn’t really fly.

  15. Ryan M.

    February 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Why 11 + 1 bonus? Why not just 12? 🙂

    Just saying.

    As a Liverpool supporter, this article would bother me if things weren’t looking up right now. B

  16. gun

    February 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

    yossi benayun?

    • bryerson

      February 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

      I don’t think an injured player should make this list. Someone healthy who hasn’t performed at all should definitely trump someone who got hurt in the first game of their season.

      To be honest, I think I would take Kingson off this list. I can’t imagine Blackpool was thinking they had one of the top goalies with what they paid for him.

    • dan

      February 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      ummm.. yossi is a fantastic player and he did well with the very little time he had before his injury.

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