Flop XI: The worst signings of the 2014/15 season
The 2014/15 football season is entering its final phase and the race for the title, Champions League spots and survival from relegation is heating up. The season has just blown past us and it seems like yesterday that we were all busy going through the various transfer activities of clubs across the globe.After two transfer windows this season, most of the players who made their moves to new clubs are finally settling in and showing their worth. But not all of them. Some of the high profile signings during the summer transfer window by some of Europe’s top clubs have failed to make any, or made very little, impact at their new clubs and have drawn plenty of criticism for the same.Here is a look at the Flop XI of the 2014 summer transfer window.Honourable Mentions: Guillermo Ochoa, Nemanja Vidic, Thomas Vermaelen, Dejan Lovren, Abel Hernandez, Michel Vorm, Emmanuel Riviere, Remy Cabella and Ciro Immobile.
#1 Goal Keeper: Willy Caballero
Manuel Pellegrini roped in Willy Caballero from his former club Malaga in the summer to provide some competition for Manchester City’s first choice keeper Joe Hart. Hart was dropped by Pellegrini midway through the previous season due to his poor performance, and hence when Caballero arrived at the Etihad stadium it was expected that he may go on to bench England’s first choice keeper and cement his place in the City side.
Things didn’t go according to plan though as the Argentinian’s City career got off to an awful start. His first appearance was in the Community Shield match against Arsenal and the Gunners were able to put three past the hapless keeper. He was only give two Premier League starts and in both matches the opposition put two goals past him despite City winning the game.
Therefore, all his other starts came in cup matches. But Caballero messed up big time in his last start for City in the FA Cup against Middleborough as his mistakes led to both goals and eventually ended their FA Cup run.
The only purpose that was served by hiring Caballero was elevating Joe Hart’s performance in between the sticks.