Man Utd starlet and Liverpool duo among the 10 most OVERPRICED players ever

first_img 10 10 10 2. David Luiz (£50m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the most overpriced footballer ever – No wonder Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wandered around looking so smug last summer. The Portuguese manager probably couldn’t believe his luck when Paris Saint-Germain put such an enormous fee on the table for a player whose style of play was once likened to a child using his Playstation by Gary Neville. Although Luiz has shown us flashes of brilliance in front of goal, he’s a central defender and simply doesn’t have the necessary concentration levels or tactical awareness to justify such a sum of money. That said, he did wipe the smile of Chelsea faces when he scored as PSG knocked the Blues out of Europe last season, but that £50m didn’t exactly look like money well spent when Barca waltzed past the Parisians in the next round. 9. Christopher Samba (£12.5m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most overpriced footballers ever – What should you definitely not do when your side is entrenched in a relegation battle and leaking goals left, right and centre? Sign Christopher Samba on a four-and-a-half-year contract. Nobody told harry Redknapp as the QPR boss snapped up the central defender from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and promptly put the Congo international on £100,000-a-week. Nobody sets out to pay over the odds for a player, but plenty of clubs end up doing just that.Negotiating a fair price in the transfer market is pretty tricky, after all.Unfortunately bargains are difficult to come by in the modern game and it’s more likely to see your beloved club spend far more than they ought to on players that simply aren’t worth their salt.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see talkSPORT’s full list of the most overpriced footballers ever. 4. Fernandinho (£30m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top three most overpriced footballers ever – Money bags Manchester City aren’t shy about dipping into their seemingly bottomless pockets. Sheikh Mansour and co’s money has transformed the club and the Etihad outfit have established themselves amongst Europe’s elite but they don’t always spend their cash wisely. Several big money arrivals have been and gone, but the Brazilian midfielder seems to stick out given that he’s often referred to as little more than a ball carrier, rather than a world beater. The club paid a whopping £30m for a player who, despite being 28 at the time of signing, had never played in one of Europe’s top five leagues. 6. Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the top five most overpriced footballers ever – The bushy-haired Belgian was a key member of Everton’s side, with the midfielder used as the Toffees’ battering ram as they often ruffled the feathers of the big boys. However, few ever expected Fellaini to be given an opportunity by a top four club. That changed when David Moyes took charge at Old Trafford and, after failing to secure most of his preferred targets, sanctioned a transfer for Fellaini at the 11th hour on transfer deadline day. 3. Luke Shaw (£30m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most overpriced footballers ever – Sorry Manchester United fans, but let’s be realistic. Yes, he’s got plenty of potential. Yes, he’s an England international. Yes, he’s an exciting talent. But Shaw became the world’s most expensive teenager when he completed his move to Old Trafford from Southampton last summer which is, quite frankly, bonkers. Time is on the youngster’s side, but he needs to do a lot more to impress Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal. 10 7. Joleon Lescott (£22m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most overpriced footballers ever – This move was more than a bit bitter. Everton were keen to retain the services of the central defender and David Moyes dug his heels in. However, Manchester City were desperate to send out a statement of intent and get their man. What was the result? Well, Lescott eventually headed to the Etihad Stadium, but with an unnecessarily large transfer fee hanging over his head. Rio Ferdinand was the only English defender who’d cost more at the time and, while Lescott was part of a title-winning team, there is no doubt his price tag was heavily inflated. 10 10 10 10 10 5. Hulk (£32m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most overpriced footballers ever – The Brazilian forward was linked with every club under the sun during his successful spell with Porto, but it was the Russian outfit that finally decided to stump up the cash for Hulk. And boy did the oil rich Russians have to reach deep into their pockets to lure the player to north eastern Europe. He hasn’t proven himself to be worth the punt thus far, however. Meanwhile, Zenit are owned by energy giants Gazprom and have made a host of questionable transfers over the years. That’s what happens when money isn’t an object. 10. Stewart Downing (£20m) – Liverpool dropped a clanger when they paid such a handsome sum to Aston Villa for the English midfielder in 2011. Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the full list of the most overpriced footballers ever – The then 26-year-old had enjoyed a rich vein of form in the West Midlands but, even though Downing had 27 England caps to his name at the time, most fans thought the Merseysiders had shelled out a little too much for his services. Such worries proved to be accurate as the midfielder didn’t exactly make any waves during his spell at Anfield. 8. Dmytro Chygrynskiy (€25m) – Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more of the most overpriced footballers ever – Barcelona are usually pretty savvy in the transfer market. After all, almost any player in the world would do everything in their power to secure a move to the Camp Nou, which tends to make things a tad easier. However, the Catalan club got it completely wrong when they signed Chygrynskiy from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009. It’s one Pep Guardiola probably wants to forget. 10 1. Andy Carroll (£35m) – What possessed Liverpool to bid such a ludicrous sum of money for the striker in January 2011? We attempt to work it out… – The undisputed number one arrives in the form of the Geordie striker who, after playing well for Newcastle United for half a Premier League season, was signed by the Merseysiders for a fee that had the football world collectively scratching its head. Flushed with £50m from the sale of Fernando Torres, Liverpool brought in Carroll for a fee that easily eclipsed the record £22.7m they had just paid for Luis Suarez. Now, consider that Suarez had impressed at a World Cup, while Torres – no matter how badly he subsequently flopped at Stamford Bridge – had won both the Euros and World Cup while establishing himself as one of Europe’s best strikers, and the idea that Carroll could somehow be worth a fee of £35m is insanity. The powerful striker is good at what he does, but his style of play simply didn’t suit that of Liverpool. Injuries restricted the Englishman’s progress and he was soon shipped out on loan to West Ham United, before being sold at a £20m loss.last_img read more