Newcastle United’s Top 5 Worst Signings

5. Titus Bramble

Signed in 2002 for six million pound from Ipswich. Robson saw him as a very promising looking player at Ipswich, but that all changed when he arrived at Newcastle united. Even with his trademark sliced clearances and own goals he still racked up over 100 premier League appearances. During his time at Newcastle he was the butt of every bad defending joke in the league.

4. Albert Luque

One of many Souness mistakes, a whooping ten million pound mistake at that. Luque was signed from Deportivo La Coruna in the summer of 2005. In La Liga he was known as one of the best players in Spain and a Spanish international. A series of injuries and just terrible performances deserved him a transfer to Ajax after two hopeless seasons at NUFC.

3. Marcelino

Signed in 1999 by Rudd Gullit for nearly six million pound.  The defender, impressed during his time at Real Mallorca, and there were high hopes about this player at St James Park. Sadly, when he reached British shores he bottled his chance at Newcastle. Another injury prone player, the most memorable injury was when Marcelino broke his finger and was out for several months.  In total he played only 20 games and was released in 2002 after a horrendous career at Newcastle United.

2. Jean-Alain Boumsong

Newcastle have Souness to blame for this horrific transfer, signed from Rangers in 2004 on a ‘free’ transfer, but later on to be found that it cost Newcastle 8 million pound. He was an acclaimed defender that managed to get called up for the French International team, but the premiership really showed him up, he looked completely out of his dept. He had too few good attributes and was regularly undone by the Premier League talent. Luckily after 47 caps, in 2006, Juventus took him off our hands for an impressive 3 million pound. Thanks God!

1. Michael Owen

As Alan Shearer was coming close his retirement Newcastle needed a big signing to replace him, who else then golden boy Michael Owen!  After a hapless career at Real Madrid he was more than willing to sign for Newcastle.  Owen had a glittering career for Liverpool and was a nationwide favourite. His signing gave optimism to every Newcastle supporter out there. Unfortunately his career at Newcastle didn’t go so smoothly, he was ravished with injuries, the worst being out for 18 months.  Owen had a decent scoring ratio but with only 71 caps in four years he never had the chance to prove his worth. The total Michael Owen cost the club was a whopping 40 million pound. That’s not a typo!

About the Author: David Flanagan

David is a Newcastle United FC fan who currently studies at the National University of Galway (N.U.I.G) studying Sports & Exercise Enginnering.

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  • add obertan to that list,

    i think so many fans of his are deluded by the fact he can run fast,,,

    but he dosnt track back
    he carnt cross a ball to save his life
    he carnt run fast with a ball
    he dosnt know when to pass

    we got robbed once again by SAF

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