- By Peter Muldoon – TFN Editor & Creator @ThePeterMuldoon
He joined Birmingham in August 2007 but only made one Premier League appearance in a 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth, he was released at the end of the season and signed up for Wigan, but in two years at The DW Stadium he only made four first team appearances and was released at the end of the 2009-10 season. But in September 2010 he gave one last lash at the Premier League signing for newcomers Blackpool and got a run in the first team where he made twenty appearances but after a number of howlers he was once again released, thus ending his Premier League adventure.
After a successful spell with Inter Milan and making over 66 caps for Brazil Maicon moved to Man.City in 2012 with a weight of expectation on his shoulders but he never got going at the Ethiad Stadium and was behind Pablo Zabaleta in his single Premier League season, he struggled with injury and finished the season making only nine first team appearances and in the summer of 2013 he was swiftly sold to Serie A side AS Roma.
Squillaci joined Arsenal on a three-year contract in the summer of 2010 for a fee believed to be around £4 million, taking the number 18 shirt, previously held by ex-Arsenal centre backs Mikaël Silvestre and Pascal Cygan. But he never made an impression at The Emirates. The wealth of experience he had with spells in Europe with Lyon and Sevilla were never visible. He made twenty three appearances scoring one goal and was released in June 2013.
Caçapa signed for Newcastle United on a Free transfer after his contract with previous club Lyon expired, on 3 August 2007, signing an initial two year deal with an option for a third. On 3 November, Caçapa suffered a setback, being substituted out of Newcastle’s game against Portsmouth after only 18 minutes. He was truly dreadful but still made twenty nine appearances in his two years at St. James Park scoring twice. Newcastle were relagated in 2008-09 season and he failed to make an appearance after December. He was released the following summer.
On 31 August 2011, André Santos signed for Arsenal on a long-term contract. He was given the number 11 shirt. Fenerbahçe SK announced the fee was €7 million. He never really got going at all. He appeared over-weight and not willing to do his defensive duties. He managed twenty five appearances scoring three goals in two seasons . On 3 November, after a dismal first-half performance against Manchester United, Santos came under even more criticism after having swapped shirts with ex-Gunner captain Robin van Persie at half-time. He returned to his native Brazil in June 2013 to Flamengo on a two year deal. Amazingly he has twnety four Brazilian caps.
In August 2005, Luque was sold to Newcastle United for a fee of €14 million (£9.5), signing a five-year contract. He made his debut against Manchester United at St James’ Park, which included having a goal ruled out for offside. However, in his next game, he suffered a hamstring injury while playing against Fulham; upon his return he was used in a number of roles, including left midfielder, failing to live up to his large price tag. In two seasons he only managed twenty one appearances scoring just once.
On 15 January 2011, Aston Villa completed the signing of Makoun on a three-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £6.2m. An established Champions League player for Lyon and Lille, also made fifty four caps for Cameroon but his Villa career never enlightened he was limited to only nine appearances at the club. He left Aston Villa at the end of the 2012/13 season, with Rennes deciding to make his loan move permanent for an undisclosed amount. Was he signed by accident are why was he not used by Villa in his time for the club remains a mystery.
On 31 May 2007, it was announced that Hargreaves would join Man United on 1 July 2007, after almost a year of negotiations between Bayern Munich and United for a fee of around £17 million. Hargreaves was finally unveiled as a Man United player on 1 July, having signed a four-year contract with the club. He was then revealed to the press on 9 July, along with fellow newcomer Nani. Hargreaves was given the number 4 shirt at Old Trafford. He had a successful 2007-08 season but injury foiled his United career, he went on to make 27 appearances scoring only twice. He moved to Man City in 2011 but made only one appearance for the Sky Blues. For Englands player of the 2006 World Cup and a Bayern Munich cult hero, his Premier League was very unsuccessful.
On 18 June 2008, dos Santos passed a medical and agreed terms to complete his move to Tottenham Hotspur from Barcelona. Barcelona reported that the transfer fee was €6 million with an additional 5 million Euros payable depending on appearances for Tottenham. But in four years in North London he failed to net once. Once a Mexican wonderkid keeping Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o out of Barcelona’s team, he became a lackluster youngster during his time at Spurs. But by the age of twenty four to his credit he has sixty nine Mexican caps.
On 28 May 2006, Shevchenko left Milan for Chelsea for £30.8 million. But he never lived up to that price-tag. He appeared over-weight and de-motivated at Stamford Bridge. He made forty eight appearances scoring only nine goals in three years at the club. For a player who tore apart the Serie A season after season in Milan he never cut it in England. He has one hundred and eleven caps for Ukraine. Shevchenko was not used very often in the starting lineup at Chelsea, and with the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari, he was deemed surplus to requirements. Due to this, Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani offered to take Shevchenko back to the San Siro and Shevchenko was loaned back to his old club for the 2008–09 season. He was allowed reurn home to his native Ukraine in 2009.
Marlet held the record for Fulham’s biggest transfer fee until July 2008, as Fulham paid £11.5 million for the player back in 2001–02, to Olympique Lyonnais. He only managed 11 goals in 54 games, as then-manager Jean Tigana was dismissed during the season. He played just one game in the 2003–04 season for Fulham as well as scoring in that game before he was loaned out to Olympique de Marseille for 18 months, with his sizeable contract still being paid by the English team, before his contract was cancelled. Marlet’s terrible performances for Fulham led to chairman Mohammed Al Fayed taking Tigana to court for the overpayment of Marlet. It was suspected that Tigana, who had ties to Olympique Lyonnais, signed Marlet for an exorbitant fee, taking a cut of the fee himself. The charges were quickly dropped.