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With Serie A approaching its final stretch, Carlo Garganese offers his 10 worst transfer buys of the season…

1) Emerson (Real Madrid to Milan) – The whole world was puzzled when Milan announced the signing of the once-great but now overweight Brazilian last summer. During his days at Roma he was world class, his decline had already began when he joined Juventus, and by the time he moved on to Real Madrid he was most certainly past it. So why should this descent not continue at Milan? Well it didn't.

2) Tiago (Lyon To Juventus) – There are two words to describe Tiago and they are – ‘no personality’. Tiago has never been a top-class midfielder, this was proved conclusively at Chelsea. The player’s sympathisers can argue all they like about the fact that Claudio Ranieri’s 4-4-2 formation doesn’t suit him, which is true to an extent. They can also point to his limited first team opportunities. The truth however is that Tiago is not up to the standard of a huge club like Juventus.

3) Alvaro Recoba
(Inter to Torino) – I have always admired Recoba, ever since he single-handedly saved Venezia from relegation in the late 1990s. Such a naturally gifted player, it is a shame that the best years of his career coincided with a time when Inter were being run like a circus. Nevertheless he is nearly 32 now, and his best years have gone. His loan move to Torino just hasn’t worked out, and he has scored just one Serie A goal in 17 appearances this term.

4) Joaquin Larrivey (Huracan to Cagliari) – Was labelled as the “new Gabriel Baristuta” by some after his summer move from Huracan to Cagliari. Never has the saying “couldn’t hit a barn door” ever been so relevant. The Argentine has not scored in his 24 games, and the only thing he shares with Batistuta, other than the same nationality, is a cool hairstyle.

5) Mauro Esposito (Cagliari to Roma) – Players both departing and arriving in Cagliari last summer have not had the best of luck. David Suazo has struggled at times at Inter, while Esposito, who had formed a deadly partnership with the Honduran in Sardinia, has been a catastrophe since moving to Roma. He has made just eight Serie A appearances, and is way down the pecking order behind the likes of Mancini, Taddei and Giuly.

6) Nestor Muslera (Nacional to Lazio) - Muslera was signed as a replacement for the retiring Angelo Peruzzi after problems arose with the transfer of Juan Pablo Carrizo. Muslera was handed the goalkeeping jersey in Serie A, but he was so bad that the 44-year-old Marco Ballotta, who had already been playing professional football for four years by the time Muslera was born, was soon recalled. A horror-show in the 5-1 defeat to Milan particularly sticks in the memory.

7) Bosko Jankovic (Mallorca to Palermo) – Has improved a little lately but the Serbian has been a real disappointment. Jankovic was hailed as one of the best youngsters in Europe after some fine displays at last summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Holland. However the midfielder has scored just once in 19 Serie A games.

8) Sergio Almiron (Empoli to Juventus) – Another of Alessio Secco’s masterful buys for the Bianconeri. Labelled as the “new Juan Sebastian Veron”, all that he shared with the ex-Lazio star were negatives, i.e. no pace, and a bald head. Was soon shipped out to Monaco in January, and will certainly be sold permanently this summer.

9) Stephan Makinwa (Lazio to Reggina) – Reggina hoped that Makinwa would be the man to replace Rolando Bianchi, but they were very wrong. The Nigerian has made just eight Serie A appearances, four of them starts, and has scored no goals. Was once a highly rated youngster, his top-class career is now in serious danger.

10) Maniche (Atletico Madrid to Inter) – When Maniche joined Inter on-loan in January they were running away with Serie A, were still unbeaten, and were still in the Champions League. They have since (not including Coppa Italia) won six, drawn five, and lost four. They are out of the Champions League, and now hold just a four-point lead over Roma. Maniche was perhaps not a bad signing, but he was certainly a wrong signing. By this I mean that he may not be personally to blame for Inter’s problems, but for sure he was not what the club needed.

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Caracciolo (Palermo to Samp) - luckily Samp managed to sell their half (together with the half of Palermo) to Brescia in January losing just 1m.

I would add Stendardo from Lazio to Juventus.

Lucarelli from Shakhtar to Parma seems a good one too as Lucarelli has been far from brilliant, but maybe he improves.
 

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Some of them are just unfair though too... like Esposito for me is a good player, but with very few opportunities... you can call him a bad signing I suppose, but then he was just bought for cover, and not a starter anyway.
 

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Lucarelli for sure. Over weight and under motivated. He came to prove himself to make the Euro 2008 squad and he has been a major dissapointment.
 

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Some of them are just unfair though too... like Esposito for me is a good player, but with very few opportunities... you can call him a bad signing I suppose, but then he was just bought for cover, and not a starter anyway.
Esposito hasn't had his chance because he is generally weak and useless for a club like Roma. A waste of money. How much did he cost?
 

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Not much... which is why its hardly a bad signing... we signed him in case we had injuries (and we havent had many on the wings)... he is much better than Wilhelmsson IMO anyway who sucked alot... and if played I think Esposito could do well... indeed I think he is our most skillful winger... just that Spalletti doesnt trust him enough to always deliver.
 

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Esposito is quite useless.

Roma payed a modest €2m for a half share - not sure if it was agreed already then that Roma buy the other half come summer 2008.

It's realy difficult to compare signings as a function of the cost. What does this make free transfer signings - good transfers per se?

Lucarelli, Makinwa, Maniche and Recoba are loan signings.

Goal's no. 1 can't be touched, though. The single most obviously miserable signing this season. The Vieira of 07/08. Anyone would've told Carlo and Galliani this, but hey...
 

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I don't know why Roma doesn't play him more...that is the confusing part.
 

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Honourable mentions: Suazo, Sissoko (the price!), Sali, Stadsgaard/Tullberg:wallbang:, Van Den Borre, Lupoli, Damiano Zenoni (surprised me negatively),
 

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I can't see how Almiron is not number one and Tiago number two.

Both have been easily the two biggest jokes of Serie A this season.
 

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DID YOU JUST SAY SISSOKO???? :dazed:
 

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Ohh boy here comes the MOMO fan-boy :tongue:
 

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Paying €13m you'd expect better ball control no matter how good a guy tackles.
 

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lol, can't believe i missed that.

Sissoko as worst transfer. :howler:

If you're going to troll at least pick a decent target.
 

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13m has already been paid for by owning every single midfield he has faced. Written off, just like that :stuckup:

Now, anything to say about his actual performances? Because you should be making a thread for how he is the best signing of the season, but instead you group him with those terrible players :howler:
 

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Troll in a " Worst transfer of the season" thread... is that even possible?

I didn't mean to begin a long debate about Sissoko. You're happy with him despite his poor ball control... goody.

Probably wasn't fair to put Suazo here either, but there you go.
 

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You can harp on about the ball control, but the fact is it's improving with each passing game and it's not a deficit when his game does not revolve around taking on players at all.

You make him sound like an AM or winger, this guy is a destroyer and he's exceedingly good at what he does. Easily the best 13m we've spent since Secco the clown has been in charge of transfers.

Almiron and Tiago are a different kettle of fish however. I would not exchange their ball control for Sissoko's all things constant ever.
 
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