Premier League

4 of the worst January signings in Premier League history

Arjun Singh Devgan
Alexis Sanchez flopped at Man United
Alexis Sanchez flopped at Man United / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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The winter transfer window came to an end on January 31 and during this period a number of clubs signed players in order to strengthen their sides as we head into the business end of the season.

However, not all signings made by clubs turn out to be good over even decent and turn out to be utter flops. Here, we take a look at four of the worst signings made in January in Premier League history.

1. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal to Manchester United) - 2018

Alexis Sanchez
Manchester City v Manchester United - Premier League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

There is no doubt as to which transfer tops the list as Alexis Sanchez's travails are now a folklore in Premier League history with Manchester United getting the Chilean in a swap deal with Arsenal who received Henrikh Mkhitaryan in return.

The winger who was paid a staggering salary, was extremely poor, managing to score just three goals in 32 league appearances, looking a shell of the player who lit up Arsenal, before being paid off to leave for Inter Milan.

2. Andy Carroll (Newcastle to Liverpool) - £35m in 2011

Andy Carroll, Kenny Dalglish, Luis Suarez
Liverpool Press Conference to announce new signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Liverpool spent most of the proceeds they got for selling Fernando Torres on signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle United and while it looked a good deal considering he was impressive for them - it turned out to be an extremely poor decision as the striker managed just 11 goals in 58 appearances for the Reds.

It was a miserable 18 months for the former England international, post which he was sent off on loan to West Ham United.

3. Benni McCarthy (Blackburn to West Ham) - £2.25m in 2010

Peterborough United v West Ham United - Pre Season Friendly
Peterborough United v West Ham United - Pre Season Friendly / Mark Thompson/GettyImages

Benni McCarthy won the Champions League with Porto and was impressive for Blackburn Rovers, so it came as no surprise that West Ham United would want him considering Gianfranco Zola’s side were in desperate need of some additional firepower as they attempted to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone.

However, the all-time record goalscorer for South Africa was a total disappointment, failing to net a single goal in 14 appearances for them.

4. Guido Carrillo (AS Monaco to Southampton) - £19.1m in 2018

Guido Carrillo
Newcastle United v Southampton - Premier League / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

After selling Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool, relegation-haunted Southampton decided to invest in players who would help them move up the table and hence they spent £19.1m to sign Guido Carrillo from AS Monaco.

The Argentina striker who helped Monaco to the Ligue 1 title in 2016/17 was expected to be a sound investment, but like a lot of foreign strikers he failed to adapt to the league and was soon sent to Leganes on loan after failing to net a single goal in 10 appearances.

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