West Ham United have signed some players who certainly did not deliver down the years, but are these the worst five?
There is nothing worse for a football fan than to get excited about one of your club’s marquee signings and then watch as they fail to deliver anything more than mediocrity.
West Ham fans certainly know what that feeling is like, so with that in mind, here is a look at five Hammers signings who simply failed to live up to the hype during their time at the Boleyn Ground…
Diego Tristan was once a lethal Champions League quality striker with Deportivo La Coruna, By the time he arrived in England however, he had scored just once in the previous two seasons. He scored three times in 14 league games for the Irons and was gone after just one season.
West Ham would have been expecting something very special when the board signed a 19-year-old for a fee of around £10 million (via Telegraph). Sadly however, Savio Nsereko made just 10 appearances for the Irons and failed to make any meaningful contributions. His career has never really got going – he has since played 11 clubs since leaving in 2009 – and has not made more than 13 league appearances for any of those teams.
What possessed West Ham to spend £6 million on Kieron Dyer (via BBC Sport) is anyone’s guess. The winger was one of the most talented English players of his generation but injuries wrecked his career. In four years with the Hammers, he made just 30 league appearances, scoring no goals.
Freddie Ljungberg may have been starting to edge past his best when he joined West Ham in 2007, but he was still a two-time Premier League winner and Champions League finalist who should have been able to help the Hammers. However, he struggled to make any impact at Upton Park and was released after one season.
Ravel Morrison was a product of the Manchester United academy and arrived at West Ham with a reputation for being an extremely talented footballer, but for also being difficult to manage. Working with Sam Allardyce should have been perfect for the midfielder, and it appeared for a very, very brief time that he was destined for greatness – his goal against Tottenham at White Hart Lane is certainly a very special one – but he departed in 2015 having failed to build on that moment. His career has stagnated dramatically in recent years.