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Tuesday 2 September 2014

The 10 worst signings of the season

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Marouane Fellaini £27.5m - Be careful what you wish for. United fans craved an expensive midfielder for years, yet Fellaini has struggled to such an extent that they are now pining for the glory days of Anderson wheezing after his own first touch. Whether because of the stage, the fee or both, Fellaini has been completely overwhelmed and has played nowhere near as well as he can. A nadir was reached when he was sarcastically cheered by his own fans during the 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich.
Marouane Fellaini £27.5m - Be careful what you wish for. United fans craved an expensive midfielder for years, yet Fellaini has struggled to such an extent that they are now pining for the glory days of Anderson wheezing after his own first touch. Whether because of the stage, the fee or both, Fellaini has been completely overwhelmed and has played nowhere near as well as he can. A nadir was reached when he was sarcastically cheered by his own fans during the 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich.
Erik Lamela £30m - The ghost at the famine. Lamela, Spurs’ record signing, has gone missing to such an extent that there is #freelamela campaign on Twitter and he had been the subject of a mock missing-pet poster. He struggled to adapt in the first half of the season, starting only three Premier League games, and suffered the ultimate insult when he became a Europa League regular. Has not played in 2014, officially because of a back injury.
Erik Lamela £30m - The ghost at the famine. Lamela, Spurs’ record signing, has gone missing to such an extent that there is #freelamela campaign on Twitter and he had been the subject of a mock missing-pet poster. He struggled to adapt in the first half of the season, starting only three Premier League games, and suffered the ultimate insult when he became a Europa League regular. Has not played in 2014, officially because of a back injury.
Martin Demichelis  £3.5m - Only Fellaini has been the subject of more ridicule than Demichelis in England this season. In truth Demichelis’s performances have not been proportionate to the criticism he has received, and the usually brilliant Vincent Kompany has probably made more goal-costing mistakes. Yet for all that, a club like City should probably be signing galacticos, not geriatricos.
Martin Demichelis £3.5m - Only Fellaini has been the subject of more ridicule than Demichelis in England this season. In truth Demichelis’s performances have not been proportionate to the criticism he has received, and the usually brilliant Vincent Kompany has probably made more goal-costing mistakes. Yet for all that, a club like City should probably be signing galacticos, not geriatricos.
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