As mentioned on the latest Optajoke podcast, here is my Premier League All-Time Flops XI…and now we want YOU to send improvement or alternatives to this team – get in touch with Optajoke by firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and let us know what you think of this squad, and what your Premier League Flops Team would look like…it’s harder than you think!!
Massimo Taibi – will always be remembered for ‘that’ goal by Matt Le Tissier – signed as the ‘new Schmeichel’ he played 4 games, conceded 10 goals, and swiftly disappeared back to Italy.
Marco Boogers – Harry Redknapp famously signed Boogers after seeing him via video, and said of him; “He was a good player but a nutter.” How very true, Harry.
Winston Bogarde – Bogarde picked up £40,000 a week plus bonuses from Chelsea between 2000 and 2004 despite playing only 11 games…he refused to leave because he admitted no one else would be stupid enough to pay him that much.
Jean-Alain Boumsong – For some reason Newcastle manager Graeme Souness paid Rangers £8 million for Boumsong, and he proved that for that money you could buy someone who had never heard of the word ‘defend’.
Marcelino – Another Newcastle defensive reject, who spent more time injured than playing – he cost never £7 million and played 20 games in 3 years.
Thomas Brolin – A great player in the early 90’s, he arrived at Leeds in 1995 twice the size he used to be, and quite frankly ten times worse. He spent most of his time injured and retired at the age of 28.
Eric Djemba-djemba – One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s ‘lesser’ signings over the years – this position in the starting line-up could have also gone to Kleberson, as they were equally as awful.
Bosko Balaban – John Gregory signed Balaban for Aston Villa in 2001 for £6 million – he didn’t start a single game during a two and a half year stay at the club.
Andrea Silenzi – The first Italian to play in the Premier League, Nottingham Forest have never been the same since!
Sergei Rebrov – Costing a massive £11 million, he was at the time of being signed for Spurs, one of the best strikers around…but promptly couldn’t hit a barn door whilst at White Hart Lane.
Ali Dia – Perhaps the most infamous signing on this list – Graeme Souness signed him for Southampton after receiving a phonecall saying he was George Weah’s cousin. He played 52 minutes for the Saints before being caught out.
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Juan Sebastian Veron
There you have it then – if you think you can better, get in touch with the Optajoke team firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or comment on this blog with your alternatives to that team.