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Top 20 Worst Transfers of the 2014/15 Season

With Europe’s domestic leagues all done and dusted, most of the silverware handed out and players looking forward to summer vacation, it’s an appropriate time for fans and analysts to take stock of the season and reflect on what occurred. This summer looks set to have all the usual (and some not so usual) features when it comes to football. Much attention will be focussed on that gigantic mess called FIFA, the web of arrests and allegations and the resignation of its controversial president Sepp Blatter. Other focus will look at the more traditional football issues this time of year – transfer rumors, team of the year rankings, player ratings and, of course, transfer flop analysis.

Unless players from your team are constantly on such lists, articles on the biggest transfer flops never get old. As fans we love seeing other teams who have wasted millions on underperformers. It provides us with a chuckle, gives us ammunition in debates with friends and makes for interesting conversation in the break-room at work. It also makes for very entertaining comment sections where disgruntled fans poke fun of each other and the author because in some way a team’s failed transfers reflects poorly on them as a fan of the club.

The following list looks at 20 of the worst transfers made over the course of the 2014/15 footballing season. Ahead you’ll find a nice blend of defenders, midfielders and forwards who either did comically bad this year or just did not live up to the price-tag or expectations placed on them by their team and fans. Even loaned players and free transfers aren’t safe here. There is, to a degree, a level of subjectivity in determining what exactly a flop is. For this list, production and performances are compared to the previous year and such things as price-tag, reputation and expectations are factored in.

20 Samuel Eto’o

via skysports.com

19 Jack Rodwell

via chroniclelive.co.uk

18 Joel Campbell

via footespagnol.fr

17 Luke Shaw

via skysports.com

16 Seydou Doumbia

via abitarearoma.net

15 Enner Valencia

via skysports.com

14 Adam Lallana

via belfasttelegraph.co.uk

13 Danny Welbeck

via 101greatgoals.com

12 Eliaquim Mangala

via manchestereveningnews.co.uk

11 Dejan Lovren

via express.co.uk

10 Douglas

via twitter.com

9 Romelu Lukaku

via sports.ndtv.com

8 Thomas Vermaelen

via dnaindia.com

7 Angel Di Maria

via touchlinetalk.com

6 Ciro Immobile

via premierleaguenow.co.uk

5 Lukas Podolski

via givemesport.com

4 Nicklas Bendtner

via espnfc.com

3 Alessio Cerci

via zimbio.com

2 Mario Balotelli

via 101greatgoals.com

1 Radamel Falcao

via bleacherreport.com

At the wire on the summer transfer deadline day, Manchester United made the biggest headlines with the loan signing of Radamel Falcao. With Porto and Atletico Madrid, Falcao had scored over 140 goals in four seasons. Injuries at Monaco had seen his production drop but his goals-to-game ratio remained very impressive. At United, alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, many predicted the Columbian would terrify defences and rack up goal after goal. It didn’t quite work out that way. Twenty-nine total appearances only produced 4 goals and 4 assists. Falcao never looked like he really fit in and never really had the faith of his manager.

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