10 Worst Premier League Summer Signings

Here are the 10 worst Premier League signings from last summer’s transfer window. They are in no particular order. Is there anyone who you think should be on the list? Do you think anyone has been unjustly included? Let me know, comment at the end of the article or on Twitter, @bewareflyingfb

Jack Rodwell

Following two frustrating years mainly out of the team at the Etihad the former England Jack RodwellU21 international was hoping to make up for lost time moving to the north east to join Sunderland. Coming through the ranks at Everton Rodwell was seen as the brightest prospect since Wayne Rooney. However Goodison Park was only to see glimpses of his potential; goals against Manchester United were tempered with long and numerous spells on the side-lines. One criticism from the Everton fans was that despite Rodwell’s strong frame he was too nice and didn’t impose himself on opponents. When big spending City came in with a £12m offer Everton decided to cash in. Trying to break into a team which had just won the league and contained Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry proved too much for Rodwell. So after 2 years at the Etihad a new chapter of his career began at Sunderland. Although appearing regularly in the team the midfielder struggled to make as much impact as early promise at Everton suggested. This may be also as Sunderland have been poor this season struggling to build on last season’s great escape and producing lethargic performances with a lack of goals and a couple of embarrassing thrashings at Southampton and at home to Aston Villa. The latter cost Gus Poyet his job and with experienced Dutchman Dick Advocaat appointed to the end of the season it will be interesting to see how Rodwell figures in his plans. It would certainly be disappointed to see a player who possesses so much ability not fulfil his potential.

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CD Torrevieja – could it become your new “holiday” home?

I’m pleased to present a fascinating article by Chris Darwen, author of Johnny Cooper, Championship Manager. Chris is on Twitter @comeontheoviedo

So, I made it on to the coach with my very limited Spanish. Yesterday I headed off to Ontinyent with the club I’ve just started working with as a commercial and PR guy.  CD Torrevieja are my local professional club and, like many at the 4th tier level in Spain, have professionals on the technical side but volunteers running the club out of love for the game.  Obviously, having moved here, I have offered my services – whatever they may be!
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