The January transfer window is just around the corner as teams look to strengthen their squads heading into the business end of the season. The mid-season window allows teams to identify and work on their weaknesses.
The winter transfer window has also had its fair share of flops. The timing of the window means that the clubs have lesser time to identify and act on their transfers. This results in panic buys, which ultimately leads to clubs shelling out bigger amounts to get their targets.
Virgil van Dijk, Luis Suarez, Marcelo, Dejan Stankovic are few of the names that turned out to be successful purchases. But here, we look at the 3 of the worst signings made by clubs in the winter window.
#3 Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua to Juventus - Loan)
Juventus were in dire need of a striker when they signed French striker Nicolas Anelka from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on the 26th of January 2013. The striker was far from his best but the Old Lady were struggling upfront with Mirko Vucinic, Sebastian Giovinco, Nicklas Bendtner, Fabio Quagliarella, and Alessandro Matri.
Anelka did not exactly light up the Chinese Super League like some of the other big names. The Frenchman had struggled upfront scoring just 4 times in 27 appearances for Shanghai Shenhua. It was a major surprise when the Bianconeri decided to sign the journeyman striker.
Nicolas Anelka made his debut in the Champions League against Celtic on the 12th of February coming on for Vucinic in the 86th minute. Sadly, it was the last time Anelka ever played in the competition as he never made it to even the bench of the Bianconeri in their next matches.
Four days later Anelka made his league debut against Roma coming on for Vidal in the 71st minute. The striker was then seen two months later once again coming off the bench in the 68th minute against Atalanta.
In total Anelka made just 3 appearances and had a total of just 60 minutes of first-team football. The striker never made a single appearance at home but was fortunate to be part of the Bianconeri squad that won the Serie A title that year.
Anelka then went on to play in the Indian Super League before retiring from the game in 2015. Later in an interview with The Sun, Anelka spoke about his disappointing time with the Old Lady.