With the 2012 summer transfer window shutting in just under two weeks’ time and Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew looking to bring in more new players, I thought it was worth sending out a warning to him to show what can happen if you get it wrong in the transfer market.
Over the years Newcastle have spent their fair share of money on expensive players, many of whom have become flops and failed to cut it during their time at St James’ Park. Thankfully this has happened less recently, mainly due to one man: Chief Scout Graham Carr, but there are still reminders of the dark old days at the club – Xisco anyone?
However, as a Newcastle fan on more than one occasion I remember thinking, ‘why did we spend so much money on this waste of space?’ Poor signings often led to managerial sackings as well, with the Magpies employing a dozen different managers in the past 15 years, including two spells by Kevin Keegan.
Here I have a look at the ten worst signings by Newcastle during their time in the Premier League, and there was certainly tough competition for places on the list. Let’s just hope Alan Pardew can steer clear of any flops like these in the coming days…