We take a look at some of the more forgettable Everton signings, and some memorable ones just for the wrong reasons.
There have been a few memorable signings that have walked through the doors of Goodison Park down the years, but there have been a few that you’d rather not remember if you are of the Evertonian persuasion. Some of them barely played for the side despite the club splashing what was regarded as a vast amount of money at the time given the club's resources. So here is a look at some of players that money has been wasted on, or maybe at time where the club got perhaps a little desperate.
Here are five of them:
Andy Van der Meyde
David Moyes bought the Dutchman injured, and the player admitted he didn’t really look after himself when off the pitch. He didn’t do anything particularly memorable, making just the 22 appearances for the Blues. He is on the list of players who managed to get himself sent off in a Merseyside derby. People may remember him more for the fact his house was broken into, with a number of his possessions stolen, including his dog!
You know it’s desperate times for Everton if you are signing a former Liverpool goalkeeper who was hung out to dry about six years earlier. But they were desperate, and the Dutch stopper was the man that was called upon during a season when Everton were in the relegation zone at Christmas. He didn’t have that much in helping David Moyes’s side avoiding relegation – making two appearances and conceding four goals for the club.
It will probably come as little surprise to Everton fans out there that the 35-year-old is currently a free agent. I wonder why... Anyway, the Dane arrived at Goodison in 2005, signed by David Moyes with a little bit of fanfare for £5 million in 2005, but got injured in the early stages of his Everton career, and had to have groin surgery. He made his debut in December that year in the 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa which left Everton in the relegation zone. It turned out to be his only league appearance for the club. There's a certain terrace chant that springs to mind, here...
The attacking midfielder was signed on loan from Botafogo and made a total of four substitute appearances for the Toffees during the 2002/03 season. It wasn't the kind of signing that Walter Smith was after 52 minutes of action in the Premier League. It's safe to say the Brazilian's impact was minimal.
Anderson Silva de Franco
It may come as a surprise to Everton fans that the defensive midfielder spent a total of three years on Merseyside and had more loan spells than appearances for the club. He signed for the club in 2005, making one Premier League appearance for the club in 2006 in a 2-1 win against Charlton Atheltic [he was on the field for all of two minutes]. He made 16 league appearances for Barnsley over two loan spells [he eventually ended up at Oakwell], and spent some time on loan at Malaga where he made 15 appearances. Was there really any point?