Transfer flops of the season XI

Ollie Irish

30th, May 2007


Sheva.JPG Welcome to the Pies Transfer flops of the season XI sponsored by Freddy Shepherd. In fairness to Freddy he does not have any representatives in the side. Chelsea and West Ham fans, avert your eyes now! Everyone else, click below.

GK: Magnus Hedman
A bit harsh on Magnus that he has made the team as he was probably expecting to join Chelsea to be a benchwarmer, but having been hurriedly signed amid injuries to Petr Cech and Carlo Cudicini the Swede didn’t make a single appearance.
DR: Khalid Boulahrouz
A horrible first season of injuries and playing out-of-position at right-back was well and truly topped off by the Cannibal with his clumsy sending off against Arsenal which handed Manchester United the title.
CB: Andre Ooijer
Blackburn’s Dutch centre-back has had a nightmare debut season. His assured World Cup performances were followed by a season of floundering around many a Premiership penalty area. He then broke his fibula and tore ankle ligaments in January which ended his season.
CB: Robert Huth
Signed by Middlesbrough for £6 million after a chase for his signature, Huth has been crocked almost constantly since. It seems Jonathan Woodgate Syndrome is contagious. The German international has made just 12 appearances for Boro and will now miss the start of next season.
LB: John Paintsil
His season started with his name being spelt incorrectly on registration forms and didn’t improve a great deal. The

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  1. Dom says:

    To be fair to Andre, he did have a shit start but after his first few games his form came back. Only then to be sat on by one Bernardo Corradi.
    With both Savage and Ooijer at 32-years-old with broken legs, I’m not sure how much action they’ll see next season.

  2. William says:

    How you can put a player like Mascherano, who kept the best player in the world in his pocket for 70 mins of the Champs League Final in such a list beggars belief. Bearing in mind the torrid spell he had at Upton Park, he would certainly be in my transfer coups of the season XI

  3. Sheps says:

    Isaksson would have been my keeper – kept out by the iron gloves of Nicky Weaver when not injured. And Kalou. I think he’s a truly horrific player. Just adds nothing to your team not already more than provided by Robben/SWP/J Cole

  4. mintox says:

    There’s a big difference between a transfer flop and a transfer that was never given the chance to play.
    Hedman not playing a game hardly makes him a flop, he was bought as a stop gap and was never required, you could even say he was a transfer success.
    Including Mascherano in your list is ridiculous, just because Pardew and Curbishley couldnt see how he would fit in their team is no fault of his and he’s since proven his class.

  5. Joe says:

    I agree, it’s very unfair on Mascherano. Mediocre management rather than overpayment.
    Nothing but nodding heads on Ballack though, fresh from undeservedly taking the credit for Germany’s World Cup run, he then went on to make even more of a laughing stock of the Chelsea bench than it already was. If I get bored watching the next West London derby (and considering the way these teams play, that’s very likely), I’ll add up the transfer value of the Chelsea sitters and compare it to Nigeria’s deficit. That’ll make for some interesting results…

  6. Rob P says:

    Hey, nobody is saying Mascherano is to blame but he flopped big style at West Ham. I agree his Liverpool move was one of the coups of the season, but his move to the Hammers was without doubt a transfer flop.

  7. Allen says:

    Mascherano has proven his class while at Liverpool? He’s had flashes but I wouldn’t say he’s proven he can be consistant enough in EPL play to deserve all the attention he gets.