by Ifreke Inyang
Sebastien Squillaci (Arsenal, £6.5m from Sevilla)
Out went Sol Campbell and William Gallas, in came £10m Laurent Koscielny and Squillaci. Arsenal’s defence has looked like an accident waiting to happen ever since. Koscielny has time to improve but at 30-years-old, Squillaci should be at his best but rarely has he shown any sort of leadership qualities that Arsenal have been crying out for at the back this season. The Frenchman is easily beaten in the air and has often been caught playing a striker onside. Hard to see him finding a place in the starting XI next term with the return of Thomas Vermaelen from injury.
Fernando Torres (Chelsea, £50million from Liverpool)
After an average first half of the season with Liverpool it was thought Torres’s mood and form would perk up a bit when he joined a side fighting for the title. Instead it has got worse, just one goal against bottom side West Ham is all the striker has to show for smashing the British transfer record and rarely has he managed to have a major influence on games. Whether the 27-year-old is played on his own, with Didier Drogba, with Nicolas Anelka or both, it just hasn’t worked and Chelsea face one hell of a job trying to find a system that is comfortable with the Spaniard. For half of the money the Blues could have brought Darren Bent.
Bebe (Manchester United, £7.4m from Vitoria Guimaraes)
If Javier Hernandez is up there with the finest of United signings, then Bebe must also be in with a shout of being one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst. Fergie had never even seen him play before agreeing a deal which didn’t help and only added more expectation on the player to become an overnight superstar. After seven average performances mostly against lesser opposition, the Portuguese midfielder hasn’t featured since being hustled out of the game by Conference side Crawley Town in the FA Cup at Old Trafford. The 20-year-old has time to bounce back but there has been very little sign of the supposed talent that forced United to pay way over the odds.
Christian Poulsen (Liverpool, £4.5million from Juventus)
A dream move to Liverpool has turned into a nightmare for Poulsen who has become one of the symbols of Roy Hodgson’s ill-fated reign at Anfield. Often caught in possession, poor with his passing and ineffective in the tackle, he just couldn’t adapt to the Premier League. Once fans quickly turned on the Dane it was downhill from there. Not even under new boss Kenny Dalglish could the 31-year-old show any type of form and he has not featured since a 1-0 defeat in Braga two months ago. Almost certain to leave the club in the summer.
Paul Konchesky (Liverpool, undisclosed from Fulham)
A crucial part of Hodgson’s Fulham team but a big misfit at Liverpool. A string of poor performances quickly made the left-back a target for irate fans up in arms over Hodgson’s tenure at Anfield, with his last game coming in a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn in January. That’s because Kenny Dalglish then took over and decided he was so bad he would even put a right-back in his place instead – shipping the 30-year-old off to Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season.