The January transfer window is an excellent opportunity for clubs to reorganise their rosters and add reinforcements in preparation for the second half of the season.
Yet, far too often over the years, we’ve seen some terrible decisions made by clubs who believe they’ve done a fantastic job.
When a Premier League status or Champions League football is on the line, a lot of money is often thrown around.
In this window, desperate attempts to preserve a season are common, and some of the most bizarre and disastrous transfers in the Premier League have occurred.
● Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll impressed after making his debut for Newcastle United, but Liverpool’s record-breaking £35 million bid for him in January 2011 was unjustified.
Carroll arrived at Anfield already injured and didn’t make his debut until March, scoring twice in nine games for the remainder of the season.
In his next 49 appearances, he scored just nine goals before being sold to West Ham in 2013 for an additional £15 million.
● Guido Carillo
Southampton’s recruitment department found a succession of gems such as Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, and Dusan Tadic, among others. Yet, the Saints made a significant blunder in January 2018 when they pursued after and signed Guido Carillo.
The Argentine striker arrived at St. Mary’s Stadium from French club Monaco for £19 million, the fourth-highest incoming transfer fee in Southampton’s history.
Carillo shone in Ligue 1, but the jump up to the Premier League proved too much for him, as he only made seven appearances without scoring a goal before being loaned to Leganes in Spain for two seasons.
● Wilfried Bony
He aided Swansea in the Europa League qualification rounds, and he continued to show off his attacking power in the group stages and beyond. His goal-scoring streak in the Premier League was noteworthy, and Manchester City believed the Ivorian was worth investing in.
Bony was recruited for £25 million, and, in addition to disappointing himself, the club made additional poor judgments as a result of his arrival. The biggest blunder was selling Edin Dzeko, who could have been a fantastic back-up to Sergio Aguero.
The Ivorian only scored six times in 36 Premier League appearances for the Etihad side. Guardiola was quick to cut Bony from his plans when he arrived in 2016.
● Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres’ greatest years were behind him after a four-year stay with Liverpool, during which he scored 81 goals in 141 appearances.
Chelsea had to pay a lot of money to buy the Spaniard because of his pace, finishing, and incredible goal return – £50 million, to be exact, which was a British record at the time.
However, it appeared that the astronomical price tag would be too much for Torres to bear, as he lost the spark that had made him so exceptional on Merseyside.
He struggled for the first six months of his time at Stamford Bridge, scoring only 20 league goals in three and a half seasons.
● Alexis Sanchez
A deal with so much fanfare, a piano-playing reveal video. The 2018 Alexis Sanchez transfer story was incredible to watch.
Man United appeared to have pulled off the ultimate power move by signing yet another star player from Arsenal while simultaneously outbidding Manchester City for Sanchez with an unexpected late bid.
Unfortunately, the Chilean flopped at Old Trafford, and it was later revealed (via Sky Sports and others) that he wanted to leave the club after only one training session.