Seven players who signed for the wrong club in the summer
November 8, 2016
We all make mistakes. We are all prone to renting the wrong flat off the wrong landlord; having too much to drink on a night-out; and buying one too many items of clothing the week the bills should be paid.
Like us, our footballing heroes are also prone to errors of judgement.
Footballer’s errors of judgement however, tend to occur during the summer months in particular, when they are forced to decide their future: to stay at their current club or sign a contract elsewhere.
When tasked with making this decision, there’s always some that chose to sign for the wrong football club!
Yeah Enner Valencia signed for Everton this Summer. Seriously look it up, he did. The fact that you didn’t even realise the forward left West Ham United and it is now November, exemplifies how bad a career move this was.
Should have: signed for Hull City
Source: Tag The Bird
Hatem Ben Arfa
When things aren’t going as planned for Hatem Ben Arfa, two things are usually called into question: his attitude and his jean size.
Just three months into his Paris Saint-Germain career, both these things have been called into question. After a reinvigorating season at OGC Nice, the former Newcastle United player looks set to spend the 2016/17 campaign in the stands of the Parc de Princes.
Should have: stayed at OGC Nice
The loan signing of Medhi Benatia from Bayern Munich was a shrewd move by Juventus, but was it the right move for the player? Probably not. When you consider how many top teams were in the market for a dependable centre-back during the summer, it is difficult to see why Benatia chose to make the move to La Vecchia Signora; one of the few teams that the Moroccan would not have expected to walk into the starting XI.
Should have: Signed for Chelsea.
What’s worse: Paul Pogba’s start to his Manchester United career or the hashtag #Pogback? It’s a difficult question to answer. On one hand, Paul Pogba has looked the shell of the player that lit up the Serie A last season; on the other, #Pogback is the most cringe inducing hashtag of the summer.
Should have: stayed at Juventus
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was unveiled as a Manchester United player at the start of July, and hasn’t been seen much since. If you have any information regarding his whereabouts, please ensure you contact Manchester United as soon as possible.
Red Devils have been worried sick ever since his disappearance, as their team currently lacks any semblance of creativity in the final third.
Should have: stayed at Borussia Dortmund
Source: 101 Great Goals
Let’s face it, there is only one person planet earth that could displace a member of the Barcelona front three; and that person is Cristiano Ronaldo. Any forward – other than Ronaldo – who signs for the Catalan club can expect to sit on the bench for the foreseeable future. At just 23 , sitting twenty feet away from a football pitch for the foreseeable future will undoubtedly stunt the growth of Paco Alcacer.
Should have: signed for Sevilla
Source: El Horizonte
Ron-Robert Zieler must be a romantic; he must believe that lightening can strike twice, and he must believe that Kasper Schmeichel is set to have an injury ridden season. If he doesn’t believe these things, why did he sign for Leicester City this Summer? After five seasons as the first choice at Hannover 96, the German international could potentially spend the next four seasons on the bench at the King Power Stadium.
Should have: stayed at Hannover 96