As the dust settles after Deadline Day and us sports writers look forward to a pint down the pub this evening, we assess the five possibly worst signings made yesterday.
Deadline Day is always great value for money with certain things guaranteed; phones continuously ringing, reports getting harassed by kids in the street, panic buys and Harry Redknapp talking through a car window.
We’ve taken a look into the apparent panic buys and have come up with a list of five not so good deals.
Luciano Becchio to Norwich City
Norwich obviously thought they’d get Becchio into the building quickly to counter for the fact they may miss out on Gary Hooper from Celtic. It does seem a little strange why they have signed a Championship striker and a striker who has never played in the top flight of any league throughout his career.
Yacouba Sylla to Aston Villa
Take nothing away from this young man because he could prove many wrong but is Paul Lambert trying to make a point here? Is Sylla really the guy who is going to get Aston Villa out of their Premier League scrap? It seems highly unlikely and is another example of individuals disillusioned with the club.
Simon Dawkins to Aston Villa
Aston Villa feature again with their loan deal for 25-year-old forward Simon Dawkins. Why sign a forward when you’ve got Darren Bent just sitting on the bench? It makes no sense! This is also a player who only has English football experience on loan with Leyton Orient. No disrespect to the O’s but it’s not exactly great preparation for the Premier League.
Jermaine Jenas to QPR
Jenas does have Premier League pedigree from his days with Tottenham but he’s made only a handful of appearances for Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest since he first moved to Villa in 2011. Harry Redknapp could be the main to revitalise his career but it doesn’t look like a great deal for a side already laced with quality in the midfield.
Brek Shea to Stoke City
Signing a player from the MLS is always going to be a little risky as it’s difficult to gauge the difference in quality between American and European football. Shea signs from FC Dallas with almost 100 games under his belt. He’s also got international experience with the United States but his epic size, six foot three inches, will make him a target and easy to contain as a winger.
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