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Worst signing in Premiership history?


You have to say that at a reported fee of £20million, Alberto Aquilani is looking like the biggest flop to be seen in the Premiership after Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson confirmed the club were looking to loan him to an Italian team.

Aquilani set to leave Liverpool

Since his high-profile move from Roma, Aquilani has consistently warmed the bench or physios table while failing to do very much of note on the pitch at all. In the minds of Liverpool fans, the Italian arrived to replace their pass master Xabi Alonso, although the players are different in style. However after signing a five-year deal in one of the biggest transfers in the club’s history, Aquilani failed to make his debut for a further two months due to injury.

While that could be forgiven, it appeared once the Italian was fit that he was no longer a part of Rafael Benitez’ plans. Consistently left out of the matchday squads, Aquilani was seemingly written off before he had managed to get into any kind of stride. Having failed to impress Benitez, the Italian set about pre-season trying to impress the incoming boss Roy Hodgson. He made statements insisting he “owed Liverpool” and that he going to stay at Anfield to pay back the faith shown in him. However Roy Hodgson has now revealed that after just 28 first team appearances (I know I didn’t realise he’d played that many games either) the Italian is going home. On loan.

So after paying roughly one million pounds for each of his appearances, is it fair to say Aquilani has been the worst purchase in Premier League history? There have been some stinkers to be fair and high-profile ones at that. Juan Sebastian Veron at Man Utd? Shevchenko didn’t set the world alight at Chelsea while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger splashed out millions on young Francis Jeffers before deciding never to sign English players again (sort of).

Aquilani is a serious puzzler though. To sign him as an injured player was a decision uncharacteristic of Rafael Benitez. He knew there was little money to spend but chose to blow his transfer budget on one man in the hope he would propel them to the next level. Aquilani’s arrival saw Liverpool’s worst league finish for many years and the exit of Benitez. Clear then, why Roy Hodgson isn’t prepared to take the same gamble.

Wonder would Benitez be interested in bringing the Italian to Inter Milan. No, didn’t think so.

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  1. August 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I think Roy has the right idea. Let him out on loan, and then play him next season, and i think he will come good, he is quality, and quality always comes through

  2. fitz124
    August 21, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I dunno Ketch, from Hodgson’s comment today “it would certainly protect the value of the player” it seems to me like Liverpool feel a good season in Italy will make him worth more for eventual sale. He did say “when he comes back to Liverpool” but my gut feeling is he’s done. Don’t understand L’pool paying 50% of his wages to play in Italy for a year rather than selling him to get in someone who is proven in the Premiership?

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