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The Worst Premiership Players ever

Sep 6, 2008
There have been some shocking players in the Premiership, haven't there? We tend to think of your Ronaldos, your Berbatovs, and all those great players down the years such as Cantona, Bergkamp et al. But who can forget these numpties? Here's my top 5 Premiership flops...

5. Bosko Balaban: What the heck happened here? He waltzes in for what at the time sounded like a massive transfer fee (I know 6m isn't much any more), scores the grand sum of absolutely nothing and waltzes out. What a load of rubbish. Was John Gregory in charge at the time? Ahhhhhh, now that might explain something.

4. Tomas Brolin: It's sad to think of Brolin - but he does tend to be thought of as a "before" and "after" player - in other words - before he came to Leeds, he was one of the world's greatest footballers. After he went to Leeds, he was a fat waster that not even Crystal Palace could put up with for more than a couple of months. What did he do? Go out on the lash with Lee Bowyer? It's so sad - he cost 4.5m and repaid absolutely none of it. Useless.

3. Andrea Silenzi: Everyone thought that Silenzi would be the revival of Nottingham Forest, but the overgrown Italian turned out to be an overpaid waste of space and lost his place in the team to a man whose head looked like a pineapple. Of course, this was back in the days when English managers thought that any Italian would be an improvement on their team, so the signing of Silenzi proved to be something of a watershed in English football.

2. Jean-Alain Boumsong: This must be a joke, yes? Jean-Alain Boumsong, so bad that he looks like his manager has made him sit in a swivel chair, rotated him 100 times and sent him out onto the pitch for a dare, signs for Juventus? After being rotten for Newcastle 92 minutes out of 90 every week? This is amazing.

1. Ali Dia: So funny that the story of Ali Dia should be incorporated into every National Anthem in the world, and serves as a horrid reminder to any club chairman that hiring Graeme Souness can be very bad for your club's health. It's odd to think that Souness kept getting jobs even before this nightmare, especially as he had brilliantly ruined Liverpool FC beforehand. Ali Dia was not the cousin of George Weah, but some scammer who convinced the Scot that he was fantastic. So without watching him play, Souness puts him on as a substitute, and then takes him off. Hilarious.

Can you think of anyone worse than this lot? Give me a shout!
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