Top five: Disastrous deadline day deals

Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all feature in five of the worst deadline day signings

Brendan Simpson
Published 01/31/2013 18:03 by Brendan Simpson.


Deadline Day of any transfer window can be a source of great frustration to many football fans and GiveMeFootball wants to illustrate why.

Managers across the Premier League landscape will be feverishly flicking through their contact books, desperately trying to find a favour owed to get his hands on a blundering centre-back.

The clock is ticking and the pressure is on from fans to bring in a new star to save the team from relegation/boost title bid/be not one of the players already at the club [delete where applicable], it’s no wonder some ill-judged swoops take place.

But which have been the most ill-judged? What have been the most disastrous outcomes of Deadline Day frenzy gripping normally calm men running football teams.

GMF gone through recent history to find them for you. Here they are:


Andy Carroll, Newcastle United to Liverpool, £35million

Deadline day deals don’t get much more high-profile than the then promising young England international switching St James’ Park for Anfield. Carroll had been impressing for the Toon and the whopping fee was agreed in the wake of Chelsea’s £50million move for Fernando Torres.

Carroll struggled with injuries, then form, then confidence and ultimately struggled to have many good days in a Liverpool shirt. He is now on loan at West Ham United, where he has failed to rediscover his form but has rediscovered his injury problems.


Afonso Alves, Heerenveen to Middlesbrough, £13.5million

Little was known about the Brazilian when he arrived on Teesside, other than he had scored seven goal sin a single match once. The anticipation was high and Alves’ first appearance attracted great interest. Sadly, for him, he attracted little more interest following that.

Good form seemed to be something he couldn’t quite grasp and, other than a couple of flourishes against Manchester United and Manchester City, he slowly drifted out of mind and was quietly shipped off the Al Sadd in Qatar.


Robinho, Real Madrid to Manchester City, £32.5million

The Abu Dhabi United Group had just completed their takeover of the Citizens and obviously wanted to flex their financial muscle a bit. So they went to Spain and bought Brazil star Robinho, much to the delight of the City of Manchester Stadium fans.

The delight only lingered so long, however, and the slight samba star struggled to get to grips with life in England. A very poor second season finished with him going on loan to former club Santos and eventually joining AC Milan.


Roman Pavlyuchenko, Spartak Moscow to Tottenham, £15million

Pavlyuchenko was impressive at Euro 2008 with an exciting Russia team and there were high hopes for his at White Hart Lane. Sadly, it did not work out quite so well and the forward never managed to reach double figures in league goals over the four years he spent in North London.

Frozen out by Harry Redknapp, Pavlyuchenko was often quoted in the press about how unhappy he was not playing and eventually got the chance to escape Spurs with a switch to Lokomotiv Moscow.


Julio Baptista, Real Madrid to Arsenal, Loan

‘The Beast’, as he was nicknamed, went to the Gunners as part of the deal that took Jose Reyes (another deadline day signing) to Real Madrid and much expected of the Brazil international that had scored goals for fun in Sevilla.

It turned out the Beast was more of a pussy cat and struggled to cope with the pace of the English game and really only made a mark in the League Cup, though even that was short-lived. Unsurprisingly, Arsene Wenger did not opt to make his loan permanent and one of the weirdest, most unsuccessful Premier League careers came to an end.

What do you think were the worst deadline day deals? Leave a comment below to let us know…


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