There are several reasons a soccer player could make a worst-ever list. He could simply be a brutal performer on the pitch, but there could also be more to it. Some of the other factors could include his potential, age, previous performances, the cost of the transfer fee, the length and cost of his contract, the number of goals scored and/or the total number of games played for his team. Sometimes it’s not the player’s fault as he shouldn’t have been signed in the first place. This happens all too often in the world of soccer due to the sport’s notorious lack of proper scouting.
In fact, some players are never scouted at all and are signed by managers who have never seen them play, not even on video. In these instances, the managers are just as bad or worse than the players. When it comes to the 20 worst players in Premier League history, these are players who may have played well elsewhere during their careers, but just couldn’t cut it for some reason when playing in England’s top flight. Some of them were well known internationals while others weren’t even household names in their own household.
These 20 players didn’t last long at all in the Premier League even though most of them cost good money and were signed to lengthy contracts. Many of them were journeymen who drifted from team to team and should have never been signed by a Premier League side to begin with. Again, this goes back to the lack of a decent scouting system in soccer. There have been many poor players to choose from, but these 20 are the worst to grace the pitches of the English Premier League since its inception.
20 Bebe – Manchester United
19 Bruno Cheyrou- Liverpool
18 Eric Djemba-Djemba - Manchester United
17 Albert Luque- Newcastle United
16 Marcelino Elena- Newcastle United
15 Ade Akinbiyi- Leicester City
14 Thomas Brolin- Leeds United
13 Bosko Balaban- Aston Villa
12 Massimo Taibi- Manchester United
11 Winston Bogarde- Chelsea
10 Marco Boogers- West Ham United
9 Savio Nsereko- West Ham United
8 Ahmed Fathi- Sheffield United
7 Corrado Grabbi- Blackburn Rovers
6 Xisco- Newcastle United
5 Per Kroldrup- Everton
4 Roque Junior-Leeds United
3 Andrea Silenzi-Nottingham Forest
2 Ali Dia- Southampton
1 Amaury Bischoff- Arsenal
Portuguese midfielder Amaury Bischoff was signed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in 2008 from German side Werder Bremen. The injury-prone player’s Premier League career lasted all of 26 minutes when he came on as a substitute in his one and only game. He was released shortly after and headed back to Portugal. The 28-year-old is currently playing in the third tier of German football with a club named Preußen Münster.
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