Clubs shell out massive amounts of money for transfers every year. Here is the worst signing for every Premier League team ever.
As the Premier League becomes increasingly popular and profitable, clubs are beginning to splash excessive amounts of cash for transfers. Inevitably, there are going to be signings that simply don’t work out in any way. Here is every club’s worst signing ever.
AFC Bournemouth: Jordon Ibe, £15 million
The 2015-16 season was the first time Bournemouth played in the Premier League. Manager Eddie Howe rescued the Cherries from relegation in League Two during his first season in charge in 2009, and eventually took them to the Premier League six years later.
Bournemouth have not had many opportunities to make their worst signing ever. Being in League One or Two for most of their history made it difficult for them to spend money on anyone. However, they entered the Premier League at the start of the ridiculous TV money era. Now, even the smallest clubs have that ability.
After staying in the Premier League in their first season, Bournemouth made their biggest signing ever. Jordon Ibe was with Liverpool for four seasons, making 41 appearances. He showed flashes of his talent at various points in time with Liverpool, but couldn’t find a permanent spot in the first team. Howe saw his potential and set a club record £15 million for the winger.
Ibe didn’t contribute a single goal or assist with his new squad in 25 Premier League appearances. Bournemouth’s style of play under Howe is predicated on possession, and Ibe didn’t fit the bill in his first season. More of a flair player than team-oriented, Ibe had a tough time keeping his first team place. He is still only 21 years old, and another year under Howe could do him wonders. But there’s no question Ibe was a failure in his first.