HULL, ENGLAND - MAY 9:  Alberto Aquilani of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at the KC Stadium on May 9, 2010 in Hull, England. (Photo by Jed Leicester/Getty Images)

The 25 Worst Midfielders in the History of the Premier League

Giggs, Lampard, Gerrard. Just some of the great midfielders to have graced the Premier League since its inception in 1992.


However, for every Paul Scholes there is also a Paul Stalteri and so here are the 25 worst midfielders to have played in the English top flight...

25. Sebastien Perez

​To start off this list of useless midfielders is former Blackburn Rovers player Sebastien Perez. The French holding midfielder was acquired by Rovers for £3m in July 1998 in the hope of big things following his rise to prominence in Ligue 1.


However, Perez's time in Lancashire was a total shambles and he played on just five occasions in the league for the club. One season is all that the former Marseille man managed and he can have no excuses judging by his terrible performances in the Premier League. 

24. Khalilou Fadiga

​Some may consider it harsh to include the Senegalese international here, but despite his medical complications, Fadiga was an exceptionally awful Bolton Wanderers signing. The left winger was one of his country's stars during the 2002 World Cup, earning himself a move to Inter Milan, however, he never made an appearance for the Italian giants due to heart problems.


Bolton still decided to take the risk with Fadiga in 2004 but it looked to have backfired with the player collapsing before a match after signing. However, after being fitted with a defibrillator he carried on playing later in that season, although his performances were never up to scratch for the Trotters.

23. Milan Jovanovic

​The first of three Liverpool shockers to come, Milan Jovanovic was signed by Rafa Benitez just a few weeks before he left the club, meaning the Serbian international was thrust under new boss Roy Hodgson.


Jovanovic was given an opportunity under the current England boss and he played 10 times in total in the league during his solitary season in the Premier League. However, as the campaign wore on he barely made it onto the subs' bench and was soon on his way out of Anfield.

22. Albert Luque

​Some may argue that the Spaniard was a striker as opposed to a winger, but for the benefit of this list and since his awful stint in the top flight needs to be acknowledged once again, Luque has to be included here. Billed as a future star and already a fully fledged Spanish international, Luque moved to Newcastle for £9m in August 2005.


Although Magpies fans fondly remember his only goal for the club coming in the Tyne-Wear derby, the former Deportivo La Coruna star was barren in front of goal in England. Injury problems and consistent below-par displays when he was fit meant he left St James' Park just two years after arriving. 

21. Kazuyuki Toda

​With many Premier League clubs delving into the Asian market for players, Tottenham Hotspur also followed suit in 2003. Concentrating more on the potential merchandising than the calibre of the player, Kazuyuki Toda signed for Spurs after a successful career with Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse.


The defensive midfielder played only four games for Spurs though, with the North London club realising it was more beneficial leaving Toda out of the team, despite the coverage they received in Japan. A total disaster, he quickly moved on to the Netherlands before returning to his native Japan. 

20. Andrejs Stolcers

​Andrejs Stolcers joined Fulham in 2000 and was part of their victorious rise to the top flight. Yet, as soon as the Cottagers transformed into a Premier League side, the Latvian midfielder suddenly seemed to forget how to play football and became an outcast figure at the club for the next three years.


He made a total of 10 appearances in three seasons in the Premier League, failing to hit the back of the net during that time. Why the Cottagers kept Stolcers on their books during that time is baffling, but he eventually left West London in 2004 to continue in the game with Yeovil Town. 

19. Slavisa Jokanovic

​Not to be confused with Jovanovic of Liverpool, the former Watford boss spent two seasons with Chelsea at the turn of the millennium. Already into the twilight of his career, the former Yugoslavia international cost the Blues £1.7m in October 2000.


His level of football had really hit low times and it was remarkable that he played as many games as he did during his stint in West London. The ex defensive midfielder failed to beat his old club whilst managing Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League this season and has since left Israel, proving his managerial credentials to be just as bad as his playing ones. 

18. Alberto Aquilani

​One of the most expensive failures in the history of the Premier League, it is understandable why Liverpool broke the bank in bringing Aquilani to Merseyside. The combative midfielder had established himself at Roma and in the Italian side, and much was expected of the £17m signing when he came to Anfield in 2009.


However, a stuttering first season proved to be a big disappointment and the dynamic player went on loan back to Italy for the remainder of his Reds career. Although injuries were prominent, it does not excuse Aquilani's poor performances during his time in the top flight.

17. Nicolas Medina

​Described as the complete player by Peter Reid upon his arrival to Wearside, those sorts of introductions normally spell an ominous career for a young player and Medina is a perfect example. The Black Cats shelled out £3.5m for his services after the midfielder had impressed in his native Argentina.


Supposedly impressive in training, Medina was never good enough to break into the first team and his dire stint in the north east is surprising considering he went on to make his international debut for Argentina a few months after leaving the Stadium of Light.

16. Mauricio Solis

​Solis was considered one of the best Costa Rican players of his generation, however, the 110 international caps do not make up for his unsuccessful move to Derby County in the summer of 1996. Signed along with his team-mate Paulo Wanchope, one would go on to become a Rams legend, the other into football oblivion.


The defensive midfielder was the latter and seemed way out of his depth in the Premier League. He lasted just two seasons in the top flight and racked up a paltry 11 games for the Rams. 

15. Ousmane Dabo

​Ousmane Dabo's Manchester City career is best remembered for his confrontation with team-mate Joey Barton, which left the French midfielder in hospital with injuries to the head. It wouldn't come as a surprise if the training ground bust up arose as a result of Barton's complaints over Dabo's performances, as the former Lazio player was truly awful in a City shirt.


A Bosman signing in the summer of 2006, Dabo managed to get sent off just three games in to his career at Eastlands and only went on to make a further 22 appearances over the next two seasons. 

14. Joey Beauchamp

​Joey Beauchamp's story with West Ham is now infamous amongst the Hammers faithful. Signed from Oxford United for a staggering £1.2m in 1994, Beauchamp only lasted 58 days at the club before officially moving on to Swindon Town.


The reason behind his short spell in East London? The midfielder complained about the traffic travelling to the club each day from training from his home in Oxford. It was probably in West Ham's interest as Beauchamp was at best a reserve team player. Although he never actually played in the Premier League, his ridiculous story earns him a rightful position in this list.

13. Blessing Kaku

​One of the most unusual names ever in the history of the Premier League also belonged to one of worst midfielders in the annuls of the division. The Nigerian international's transfer to Bolton Wanderers came under scrutiny as the player's agent, Craig Allardyce, happened to be the son of the Trotters' boss at the time.


Kaku's short spell at the Reebok Stadium included just one appearance from the bench. The bumbling midfielder has tried his luck all over Europe from Austria to Cyprus, yet no one has ever really been convinced that the one time Derby County player is actually a professional footballer. 

12. Eddie Lewis

​The American winger would have been put forward by both Fulham and Derby County for this unwanted title. Lewis also spent more successful periods with Preston and Leeds, but that was in the Championship, a level clearly more suited to the slow midfielder.


In the top flight Lewis was completely out his depth. His debut in the Premier League came in Fulham's final game of the 2001/02 season, but he would get another chance in the division five years later with Derby County. However, with the Rams, Lewis was simply atrocious, scoring an own goal in his 24 games in a season where Derby received the least amount of points by any team in the history of the Premier League. 

11. Paul Okon

​A fringe player in the Serie A, Okon came to England to better his fortunes with Middlesbrough. The former Australian international continued his reputation as a player better suited to the substitutes' bench than on the pitch at Boro too, yet still Leeds United made the move for him in 2002.


At Elland Road, Okon deteriorated even more and his one season in Yorkshire will be remembered by Leeds fans as a complete disaster. Okon did well to achieve 43 top flight games during his three seasons in the Premier League, considering how inept he was at playing the game. 

10. Hossam Ghaly

​Tottenham Hotspur fans will be spitting blood now that Hossam Ghaly again comes to the forefront of their memories. The Egyptian international was a promising prospect when he signed for Spurs in 2006, but his time at White Hart Lane has been renowned for an incident during a league game with Blackburn at the end of that season.


The attacking midfielder, himself a replacement in the game, reacted to his own substitution by throwing his shirt at manager Martin Jol. A loan spell at Derby County followed, in which he contributed to their relegation from the top flight followed, to cement his reputation as one of the worse players in the division's history.

9. Christian Bassedas

​A legend at Argentinian side Velez Sarsfield, Bassedas thought he would try his luck in the top flight of English football and it was Newcastle United who fell for the bait, coughing up £3.5m in the process. A central midfielder, who doubled as a sweeper, he was clearly still deciding his best decision during his three long years on Tyneside.


Newcastle fans will tell you that playing midfield was definitely not Bassedas' best decision, with 24 poor top flight displays evidence enough. A solid Argentinian international during the 1990s, he will go down as one of the worst Magpies signings in the Premier League. 

8. Moustapha Salifou

​Martin O'Neill was quoted as saying that Salifou "may well prove to be a valuable asset" and as long as the former Aston Villa manager was referring to the midfielder's impact on the reserve team, then he was right. The 30-year-old is currently without a club, after being released by a German third division side last season and no wonder.


The Togolese international was somehow rewarded with a contract extension halfway through his horrendous Villa career, after making a single 90th minute substitute appearance. He would go on to play four times in as many years. 

7. Alberto Mendez

​Arsene Wenger's mid 90s transfer activity at Arsenal was very productive. It saw the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira join the Gunners. However, the French manager has not always been so wise in his scouting reports and German midfielder Alberto Mendez was definitely one to forget for Wenger.


Pulled out of the obscurity of the fifth division of German football, Mendez impressed enough to sign for Arsenal in 1997. His time at Highbury was limited to four league appearances in his five years at the club, with Wenger quickly realising his huge error. 

6. Itzik Zohar

​A tainted penalty summed up Itzik Zohar's awful spell as a Crystal Palace player. The former Israeli international, extremely confident in his own ability, took the ball away from regular spot kick taker Bruce Dyer during a league game with Southampton in 1996. Zohar tamely fired the ball straight at the keeper, causing the Eagles to miss out on victory.


A £1.2m capture from Beitar Jerusalem, the attacking midfielder should have stuck to football in Israel as his time in the Premier League was a total failure. Zohar played just six times for the Eagles and returned to the Holy Land six months after arriving.

5. Milenko Acimovic

​Spurs' dark history of transfer flops have cost the club millions of pounds and the only positive to come from Milenjo Acimovic's two year spell at White Hart Lane is that he arrived on a free transfer. Having said that, he was still one of the worst midfielders ever to grace the Premier League.


The Slovenian international was an utter shambles for Tottenham, showing none of the talent that he showed off at two major tournaments with his national side. If 17 appearances and 0 goals for an attacking midfielder is not evidence enough as to why Acimovic is on this list, he is also best remembered at Spurs for missing one of the biggest sitters of all time during a game with Fulham in 2003. 

4. Jean-Michel Ferri

​Nicknamed "the machine" during his time with Nantes, that name soon became a source of humour for Liverpool fans, after Ferri's almost hilarious stint with the Merseyside club. Although he was nearing the end of his career by 1998, Gerard Houllier decided he was still worth something when he brought him to Liverpool.


Houllier's reputation of signing garbage players is epitomised by this holding midfielder. Ferri spent more time crossing the Channel than he did in a Liverpool shirt, luckily for the Reds faithful, they were only limited to watching 47 minutes of Ferri in action. 

3. Gabriele Ambrosetti

​Chelsea fans, it's time to get out the history books in order to remember this disaster of a player. Long before the days of Roman Abramovich, the Blues were still prone to committing transfer mistakes and Gabriele Ambrosetti is a notable one. The winger was labelled as the "Italian Ryan Giggs" by Gianluca Vialli when the Chelsea manager signed him for £3.5m in 1999.


Four years and 16 league games later and it was clear to see that Ambrosetti was more of a Rhodri Giggs than a Ryan Giggs and the former Vicenza player never again ventured away from his home country after leaving Stamford Bridge.

2. Karim Bagheri

​The first Iranian to ever play in the Premier League is the only notable achievement that Karim Bagheri will have from his short stint in the top flight. The former Iranian international signed for Charlton Athletic for £400,000 in 2000, despite playing the majority of his footballing career in the not-so-competitive Iranian league.


The Addicks should have known better and they were left counting their losses, having sold the midfielder to Al-Sadd one season after he arrived at the Valley. Bagheri managed just the one substitute appearance in the Premier League, but 15 minutes was enough to show the club that he was terrible. 

1. Alex Nyarko

​A signing that cost Everton a whopping £4.5m in 2000, Nyarko was a complete flop for four years, spending most of his time on loan back in France. The former Ghanaian international is now a cult figure as one of the Toffees' worst ever players due to one hilarious incident.


During a league game with Arsenal in 2001, a fan ran on the pitch and offered Nyarko his own Everton shirt, signalling how the supporters rated the clueless central midfielder. The Ghanaian, with his emotions shattered, pathetically asked to be substituted and immediately left the club on loan.