10 Transfer Flops for the Season 2011-2012

28 May

10. David N’Gog (Liverpool to Bolton Wanderers, £4.3m)

When David N’Gog moved to Bolton, everyone predicted he could prove his potential finally, playing for a smaller club, with lesser pressure. But instead, he has proved to be ‘not good enough’, for playing in the Premier League. Has scored just thrice in 32 appearances.

9. Connor Wickham (Ipswich Town to Sunderland, £12m)

Wickham moved from Championship side Ipswich to Premier League Sunderland, in a move described by Ipswich as ‘lucrative’, and ‘too good to turn down’. But, the move came too soon for the youngster, and his form has dipped.

8. Park Chu Young (AS Monaco to Arsenal, £3m)

One of the strangest transfers of the season. Park was a last minute purchase by the Gunners, and snatched under the noses of Lille, from Monaco. The South Korean captain, has played only 8 minutes in the Premier League, and clearly hasn’t proved himself to the manager. He scored a fine goal in the Carling Cup, but since then he has been a regular only for the Reserves.

7. Raul Meireles (Liverpool to Chelsea, £12m)

A surprising transfer, made on deadline day. One of the best players at Liverpool last season, Meireles joined the Blues, which already boasted a midfield of Lampard, Essien, Mata, Mikel and Ramires. He has barely made an impact, and looks out of place at times.

6. Bryan Ruiz (FC Twente to Fulham, £10.6m)

Having helped his previous club Twente to a Dutch League title, 2 years previously, and a consistent goal-scorer, Ruiz was linked with a move to Arsenal and Tottenham. He, however, moved to Fulham, where he has just managed 2 goals in 30 appearances.

5. Charles N’Zogbia (Wigan Athletic to Aston Villa, £9m)

Bought in as a replacement, to cover the losses of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing, N’Zogbia has looked out of sorts this season, in an average Villa side. Having scored 10 goals, the previous season for Wigan, N’Zogbia has netted only twice this season.

4. Charlie Adam (Blackpool to Liverpool, £7m)

One of the standout performers with Blackpool, the previous season, the obviously talented Charlie Adam has been largely disappointing for his new employers. Though he has 9 assists to his name, in what has been a poor season for the Reds, Adam is considered a flop by the Kop faithful.

3. Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht to Chelsea, £18m)

Signed for a massive fee from Belgian giants Anderlecht, Lukaku has been a peripheral this season. A Chelsea fan, himself, he has turned out only 7 times in the league, and 11 times overall, and not managed a single goal.

2. Jordan Henderson (Sunderland to Liverpool, £20m)

Another big money signing, Henderson has been another addition to Dalglish’s list of woes. He has been played all around in midfield, and doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. His lacklustre performances have drawn a lot of flak.

1. Stewart Downing (Aston Villa to Liverpool, £20m)

The biggest flop, by quite a margin. Downing has not managed a single goal, or a single assist in the league this season. This was supposed to be his big move, after turning out for Middlesbrough and Aston Villa in the past. His only two goals, have come in the Cup, against League One side Oldham Athletic, and Stoke City. He was judged ‘Man of the Match’, in the League Cup final, though, which Liverpool slaved to win on penalties against Championship upstarts Cardiff City.

1 Comment

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Best of the Best


One response to “10 Transfer Flops for the Season 2011-2012

  1. Doc brody

    May 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Park Chu Young isn’t even a flop. It’s just a weird transfer. I feel for the guy. His move to Arsenal has seriously hurt his national team career.


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