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Top 5 Players You Wish We Hadn't Signed (2000-2008)


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(I'm talking about the worst of the worst from a value for money, commitment to the club, attitude, sportsmanship, talent, et all, kind of stand point)

1: Sheva.

Without a doubt, the biggest waste of money since Chris Sutton. Three years earlier, sure. But 30 million for a 30 year old player that the manager didn't want was a joke. And we were the punch line. Who's laughing now Roman? With Eto in the team last season alongside Drogba we would've been champions.

2: Bogdarde

Another horse on the way to the knacker's yard gets rescued by the RSPCA that is Chelsea.

3: Panucci

Only on loan in 2000, but I really hated the diving cheating twat.

4: Mutu

So much potential. And all of it went up in a puff of white powdered smoke. An embarrassment to the club, and hats off to Chelsea for taking the high ground and getting rid of him.

5: A. Cole

Never, ever, buy from Arsen*l. Didn't need him, didn't want him. Caused more negative press for the club than any player of the JM era.

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1 Sheva - costly - manager didn't want him.

2 Bogie - costly - manager didn't want him

3 Smertin - pointless! - manager didn't want him.

4 Veron - payed him to play for someone else

5 Mutu - waste of money

2 of these were signed by Roman, or his lackies - he's got a thing with owning international skippers from his part of the world hasn't he!

This is why chairman/owners should let the manager manage! And not sign players on their behalf. 3 of the above were not signed by the manager at the time!

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...Kezman...

Ofcourse...who am I to say you can't wish we hadn't signed him, but I just think it's not amongst our worst five signings during the past eight year. Considering Brian mentioned things like value for money. He didn't cost all that much for a fairly young player who was the all-time top foreign goalscorer in the Dutch league(a league that has seen the likes of Ronaldo and Romario) and the second on the top scorers list when you consider all players. And considering we already had Robben coming in who already had played with Kezman at PSV, it seemed like a good idea at at the time.

Yes, it didn't go like people expected and/or hoped, but at least we got ours back. Bought him for £5mil and got £5,3mil when we sold him. And he did score a winning goal in a cup final, which has got to be worth something.

As for other players...Sheva is one of my all-time favourite players, but even I have to admit that paying £30mil was...ummm...well not very clever. I thought it was silly money even before he'd kicked a ball for us and with the lack of goals, it seems even more ridiculous.

Bogarde is an obvious choice and even though you can't blame Ashley for lack of effort, it just was a terrible deal from our point of view. Giving one of our biggest rivals one of the most versatile defenders on the planet AND paying them too. Ofcourse it seemed like Gallas wasn't going to stay no matter what, but I don't think we needed Ashley so desperately that it justified giving Gallas to the Arse. Cole's been alright for us, though, so it's not all bad, but that deal did leave a sour taste in my mouth.

I have to mention Jokanovic...ok, we didn't pay that much for him(something around £2mil), but I have to say that seemed so over the top when you saw him on the pitch. icon_lol.gif

Veron has to be mentioned. Although we did pay only about half of what ManU paid for him, it was clearly too much for a player that just didn't seem to be able to adapt to the Premiership. Then loan him out and eventually we got nothing for him in the end. Did we pay his wages, or did Inter do that? If we paid his wages too, it has got to be right up there with the worst transfers of alltime.

As for Smertin, he was a panic buy because we weren't sure if Maka would sign for us, but he did do a job for us. He wasn't brilliant, but he did a decent job for us when needed. You certainly can't blame him for lack of effort and his attitude was good as far as I can remember. I can't remember him whining about not playing.

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You certainly can't blame him for lack of effort and his attitude was good as far as I can remember. I can't remember him whining about not playing.

Thats because we signed him and gave him straight to Portsmouth. Why on earth do that? It's not like he'd just come throught the youth team is it? The transfer just didn't make sense to me, possibly not in the 'wish we didn't sign him catagory' but certainly up there in the most pointless.

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You certainly can't blame him for lack of effort and his attitude was good as far as I can remember. I can't remember him whining about not playing.

Thats because we signed him and gave him straight to Portsmouth. Why on earth do that? It's not like he'd just come throught the youth team is it? The transfer just didn't make sense to me, possibly not in the 'wish we didn't sign him catagory' but certainly up there in the most pointless.

It was a bit pointless to loan him out straight away, but once we got Maka in, we didn't really need him, did we? Ofcourse you could say we didn't really need him in the first place, but had we not got Maka...I'm not sure what we would've done. And when I was talking about his attitude, I was referring to the time he actually was at the club, not while he was loaned out. icon_wink.gif

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Smertin wasn't good enough for Chelsea in a long term but he did well while he was here, worked hard, didn't complain and was valuable role player in the squad that has won us first title in 50 years.

He may have never ended up at Chelsea without Roman's influence but he cost us peanuts and fought his heart out on the pitch. I could name half a dozen Mourinho signings that turned out not good enough but i'm sure you can recall them yourself.

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4: Mutu

So much potential. And all of it went up in a puff of white powdered smoke. An embarrassment to the club, and hats off to Chelsea for taking the high ground and getting rid of him.

I would say that Chelsea handled that thing in a very bad way. One of the few times I've really been ashamed of this club. nono.gif

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1 - Ashley Cole. Didnt want him, didnt like, thought we had better. All still stands.

2 - Veron. Quite simply a joke.

3 - Shev. I wanted him so bad. So disappointing. Everything about him. AC Milan must still be pissing themselves.

4 - Ben Haim. Never rated him and thought he would be a liability. Proved correct. His place should be given to a youngster.

5 - Neil Sullivan. We knew when called upon he would cost us points. We knew.

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oooh, controversial. i wouldnt say i wish we hadnt signed gronks because i used to like watching him beat man after man then shank it for a throw in or goal kick. i went through 3 stages. at first i was angry at him for doing it. then i became resigned to the fact he was gonna do it. then i started laughing at it happening.

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I refuse to to add Jesper to this list. If not for anything else but for his cross to Desailly(and his goal) in the last match of the season against Liverpool in 2003. That match alone makes him pretty much priceless...well ok, not quite priceless, but a legend of sorts anyway. icon_lol.gif

And you can't blame him for lack of effort...he did try...oh how he did try. icon_lol.gif

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To have Gallas on anyone's list is a joke, however badly things ended up, because he was an unbelievably good player for us.

Smertin was not a bad buy at all IMO.

Kezman was crap for us and looked totally out of his depth. Yes he poked in the goal v Liverpool in Cardiff and crossed superbly for Eidur v Barca, but he did little else. What i do remember was Jose saying he hadn't bid for Rooney because he'd just signed Kezman and he 'offers you more'. Which makes him a truly bad buy.

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