Top 5 Aston Villa transfer flops
5. Milan Baros (£6.5m from Liverpool) – A fan favourite at Anfield, Milan Baros had just come off the back of a Champions League win with the Reds when he signed for Villa. His time in the Midlands couldn’t have got off to a better start when he scored only 10 minutes into debut against Blackburn. However, Villa fans didn’t take to the Czech and the striker suffered a slump in form, finishing his stint at Villa Park with just 14 goals in 51 appearances.
4. Marcus Allback (Undisclosed from Heerenveen) – Great things were expected of Swedish forward Marcus Allback when he arrived in the Premier League back in 2002. With an impressive goal record in his career to date, Villa fans were hoping they’d signed a goal machine. Unfortunately, they hadn’t – Allback only managed six goals in 35 games. Now assistant manager for the Swedish national team.
3. Stan Collymore (£7m from Liverpool) – A boy hood Villa fan (demonstrated by a recent squel of delight following a Villa equaliser against Chelsea on Talksport), Collymore’s spell at his club never really got going and was also dominated by personal problems – including clinical depression. After 15 goals in three years, Collymore was allowed to leave on a free to join Leicester City in 2000.
2. Eric Djemba Djemba (£1.5m from Man Utd) – Despite a four-year spell in England, intially with Manchester United and laterlly Villa, Djemba Djemba only managed 31 games. Bought by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003 for £3.5m, the Cameroon international was seen as a natural successor to Roy Keane – it didn’t work out. Niether did it, for that matter, at Villa either.
1. Bosko Balaban (£6m from Dynamo Zagreb) – Listed in The Times list of 50 worst footballers in 2007, the Croatian forward spent two-and-a-half years at Villa Park but didn’t even make one league appearance. In fact, the forward only played nine games, scoring no goals. Value for money.
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