When you think of the sheer quality we have had upfront in recent years with the likes of Cole, Ferdinand and Shearer leading the line, it’s easy to forget the players that made a name for themselves for the wrong reasons.
This is the second last article in the series, with only the managerial position to do after, and this time you can vote for the TWO worst players.
Michael Owen– Although this is a list of the poorest strikers we have had, Michael Owen has to be included if for no other reason than to satisfy my hatred towards him. I’m not going to spend all day explaining why he’s on here, but in brief his attitude stunk while at the club and after (he had a go at us not so long ago on Twitter), and his performances weren’t much better.
Albert Luque- 1-0 down, 4-1 up, Albert Luque wrapped it up…A catchy song and what better game to get your first goal than a trouncing of the Mackems? However that would prove to be his only 1st team goal in 21 appearances which would by a poor record for a player signed on a free, never mind a £9.5 million transfer. Another thing that always struck me about Luque was that he had one of the worst work rates I have ever seen (bear that in mind when your screaming at Strola Ameobi in a week’s time).
Carl Cort- During his four year stint at the club he was hampered by an array of injuries including ankle, knee and hamstring. He was definitely one of Sir Bobby’s worse signings and with only seven goals in four years he was never going to come close to living up to his substantial £7 million fee.
Xisco – Along with Nacho Gonzalez, Xisco was one of the “amazing” talents that Dennis Wise pressured Keegan to buy (I doubt Keegan had the choice to say no). One of the most appalling things about this whole was that we paid £5.7 million for a SEVENTH choice striker, behind Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka, Peter Lovenkrands, Shola Ameobi and Andy Carroll. You could say that he was never given a chance, but in those nine appearances for us he managed one goal and one assist while doing little else.
Andreas Anderson – After turning a few heads in the 1998 world cup he was a panic buy which saw our strike force go from Tino, Shearer and Ferdinand to Rush, Andersson and Tommasson in the space of a season. He was hyped up to be a wonderkid which was sort of true, because he made me wonder why we had paid AC Milan £3million for a player that could only score four goals in twenty seven games.
Michael Chopra – Just like Luque he scored his first goal in the Tyne-Wear derby but just like Luque it was to be his only premier league goal, this time in 21 appearances. He put in the effort but at the end of the day he wasn’t cut out to be a premier league player and is now having success in the Championship.
Daniel Cordone – It’s a real mystery why we signed this player as he struggled to score goals in the Argentinean league so he was never going to make any sort of impact in the premier league. Three goals in twenty five games is better than some people on this list, but was still a pitiful tally even if he only cost £500,000.
Paul Dalglish – I don’t remember seeing Paul play but a quick Google of his name brings up some not too flattering remarks about his ability, with only two goals to his name in 13 starts. He was probably signed by his father out of pity more than anything else, as at the time he was struggling to get into Bury’s first team. Surprisingly though, he never made a first team appearance under his father, and it wasn’t until Gullit took charge that he was given his chance to shine.
Stephane Guivarc’h – He hit out furiously after the Daily Mail named him the worst striker in the history of the premier league, and despite my loathing of everything that paper stands for, they had a point. Even when playing for France in the world cup he made a catalogue of errors, which were only disguised by the quality of the players surrounding him. He only ever appeared for us four times, and he even managed to score a goal against Liverpool, but those four games were enough to scar fans for life…
I think that’s just about everyone but if you think of anyone else who should have been in this list then put them in the comments below.
Disclaimer- Before anyone comments with Shola please remember that he has had his moments and is better than Ranger, Lovenkrands and possibly Best.