The Premier League;'s worst January signings

We covered the best Premier League signings in a recent article, but we had many messages asking for us to cover the dark side of the winter window. When signings go bad! These dreadful signings can have a drastic outcome on a club's season. Be it financially or possibly worse by affecting team morale or performance, leading to dropped points and cup exits. Those lost points can lead to missing out on titles, European places or even relegation. If you're interested in having a wager on any of those outcomes consider looking at these best football betting sites to find an online bookmaker. Now lets take a look at some of those signings that went wrong.

Christopher Samba

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Samba proved to be a defensive rock for Blackburn between 2007-2012 and that's what QPR wanted when they signed him on deadline day in January 2013. This was during the reign of Harry Redknapp at QPR where excessive transfers were common place. So it was no surprise Samba was given a £100,000-per-week wage with the transfer cost being a substantial £12.5 million. However Samba couldn't prevent QPR from being relegated 6 months later, being deemed unfit during his stay. Fortunately Samba was offloaded back to Anzhi in July 2013, with QPR recoving £12 million from the transfer.

Juan Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado looked like an astute signing for Chelsea when they attained him for £23 million in the 2015 winter window. However he found game time hard to come by and couldn't provide the performances when given the chance. In August 2015 he re-signed on loan back to Juventus, where he remained for the next 2 seasons before signing permanently in 2017. Cuadrado tallied just 15 appearances in all competitions in the two years at Chelsea.

Jean Makoun

Aston Villa paid £6.2 million for Jean Makoun in January 2011, hoping the midfielder could bring his Champions League and Ligue 1 experience from Lyon to the Premier League. In his fourth Premier League game against Blackpool, Makoun was sent off and after his suspension began to find himself at the back of the pecking order in midfield. He left Aston Villa at the end of the 2012–13 season after a couple of loans, with the impressive stat of £564,000 per appearance for the Villans (not including wages).

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres was one of the best strikers in the Premier League during his time at Liverpool, despite a downturn in his last season. This didn't stop Chelsea forking out £50 million on deadline day at the start of 2011. Yet Torres scored just one goal in all competitions for Chelsea for the rest of that season. Over his next three seasons Torres added 19 goals, bringing a total of just 20 Premier League goals across three-and-half seasons, before officially leaving in 2016 after loan spells abroad.

Andy Carroll

Liverpool can't totally gloat about offloading Torres to Chelsea though. With the income from the Torres sale, Liverpool purchased Andy Carroll for £35 million from Newcastle in the same January window. Carroll was already injury hit when he arrived at Anfield and didn't make his debut until March, going on to score twice in nine games during the rest of that season. In his total 58 games for Liverpool, Carroll managed 11 goals and eventually moved on to West Ham on loan in Aug 2012 before signing permanently a year later for £15m.