10 of the worst value signings in Premier League history

Middlesbrough's Afonso Alves looks dejected after missing a chance to score

These ten players, who played for the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, simply did not live up to their hefty price tags.

Aston Villa's Aly Cissokho (L) looks dejected at the end of the match after being relegated from the Premier League

Here is a selection of some of the Premier League's worst value signings of all time:

10. Bosko Balaban, Aston Villa - £5.8m

Coming to England for £5.8m in 2001 with a glowing reputation as a proven goalscorer, Croatian Bosko Balaban was the exact opposite.

He made just two starts in a two-year spell, scoring five goals in 41 appearances overall, which amounts to around £1m per goal. He later joined Club Brugge on a free transfer.

A poor return for a player who was tipped to deliver so much.

9. Andreas Cornelius, Cardiff City - £8m

Joining the Bluebirds in 2013 for a club record fee of £8m, Andreas Cornelius will probably go down as one of the worst purchases in Premier League history.

With expectations high due to the size of the fee, the Danish man made just 13 appearances in his year in South Wales - eight of which were off the substitutes' bench. He failed to score a single goal for the club.

Cornelius later returned to Danish club Copenhagen for around £3m.

8. Rolando Bianchi, Manchester City - £8.8m

Big things were expected of Italian Bianchi when he became the Sky Blues' second most expensive transfer for £8.8m back in 2007.

He actually made a good start to life at Manchester City, scoring on his debut, but he added just four more goals to his overall tally in the 24 appearances he made. Bianchi departed City for Torino after a solitary season, and the fact that he scored again for fun back in Italy must be all the more frustrating.

7. Afonso Alves, Middlesbrough - £12.7m

Middlesbrough's Afonso Alves looks dejected after missing a chance to score

The man who arrived at Riverside with an incredible goal scoring record in Holland joined for a club record £12.8m in 2008 simply wasn't able to deliver.

Alves struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League over two seasons, striking only 13 times in 49 appearances, equal to just under £1m per strike.

The Teesside club eventually cut their losses, when the Brazilian joined Qatari side Al-Sadd for £7m.

6. Roque Santa Cruz, Manchester City - £17.5m

​One of the major signings of the Thaksin Shiniwatra era, Santa Cruz did not live up to his £17.5m fee, particularly after excelling with Blackburn Rovers for the previous two seasons.

Santa Cruz scored four goals for Manchester City, all of which came in his debut campaign, for a grand total of four in 24 appearances - £4.3m per goal.

5. Robbie Keane, Liverpool - £19m

Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane after the game

Irishman Keane had signed for boyhood club Liverpool in 2008, arriving with a great record at Tottenham, but he struggled in Merseyside.

Keane spent just one season at Anfield, and netting seven times in 28 appearances (£2.7m per goal). He subsequently rejoined Spurs after a forgettable spell at the club.

4. Jo, Manchester City - £19m

Manchester City features a lot in this list, and their latest addition is Jo.

Brought in for £19m in 2008, the Brazilian spent much of his time away from the club on loan. Jo scored just three goals in 23 appearances overall (£6.3m a goal). Jo returned to Brazil with Internacional in 2011. 

3. Andriy Shevchenko, Chelsea - £30m

Ukraine's Andriy Shevchenko (R) celebrates his goal with teammate Andriy Yarmolenko during game against Sweden

One of the greatest strikers to grace the game arrived in West London and underwent a torrid time. Shevchenko was Britain's most expensive signing (30m), and the expectations were sky high when he put pen to paper in 2007.

But across three frustrating years at Chelsea (including a loan spell at AC Milan), the Ukrainian scored only 22 times in 77 appearances, equivalent to £1.3m per goal.

Shevchenko returned to former club Dinamo Kiev.

2. Robinho, Manchester City - £33m

​The signing that, arguably, put Manchester City and their new-found wealth on the map. Brazilian star Robinho was tipped for stardom in the Premier League and had a decent start to life in Manchester, striking 15 times in all competitions in the 2008-09 season.

In the following season, however, the former Real Madrid man scored just once before being shipped out to Santos on loan.

Overall, it cost Manchester City £2.3m for every one of Robinho's strikes, and the club took an £18m loss when they sold him to AC Milan for £15m.

1. Andy Carroll, Liverpool - £35m

Liverpool's Andy Carroll (R) in action with Wolves' Roger Johnson

​Another record breaker, and another huge disappointment.

Andy Carroll had only been playing in the Premier League a few months before Liverpool decided to splash out £35m in 2011, then a record for a British player.

Spectacularly doesn't begin to describe how much the former Newcastle striker flopped. In two seasons contributed just 11 goals in 58 games overall.

This means that for every goal he scored, it put a whopping £3.1m dent in the Reds' finances. Carroll is now at West Ham, with Liverpool taking a £20m loss on their record signing.

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