Monday 22 January 2018

Poor signings

Benitez’s worst recruits

Ryan Babel (67 apps, 17 goals)

The 23-year-old Dutch international has flattered to deceive, despite a promising start after arriving for £11.5m from Ajax in July 2007.

Lucas Leiva (63 apps, four goals)

Another 2007 arrival. The £6m Brazilian has long been derided by the Kop for his lightweight performances.

Emiliano Insua (33 apps, one goal)

The Argentinian left-back who arrived aged 18 was embarrassed for Reading’s winner on Wednesday and has looked an increasingly weak link in recent weeks.

Robbie Keane (19 apps, seven goals; right)

Arrived amid great fanfare for £20m in 2008 but struggled to impress, or was badly utilised. Sent back to Tottenham at an £8m loss six months later.

Andrei Voronin (22 apps, six goals)

Pony-tailed Ukrainian arrived on a free transfer in 2007 but was shipped out to Hertha Berlin on loan last year and joined Dynamo Moscow this month.

Andrea Dossena (22 apps, two goals)

Moved to Napoli last week after struggling to establish a place in the Reds’ defence, making just 31 appearances in two seasons. Joined for £7m.

Jermaine Pennant (54 apps, 3 goals)

Despite displaying fitful bursts of genuine talent, the £6.7m winger was unable to hold a regular berth. Loaned to Portsmouth before joining Real Zaragoza last summer.

Alberto Aquilani (10 apps)

Great things were promised once he recovered from an ankle injury, but the £20m Italian has proved lightweight and ineffectual thus far.

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