Pozzo Signings That Had The Worst/best Impact

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  1. Moosegasm

    Moosegasm Reservist

    Worst impact:
    1. Dawson - the Trevior Senior award winner. The signing that more than any other led directly to our relegation. Had we signed a decent centre back we may well have stayed up.

    2. Welbeck - blinded by the name on his shirt we brought in a striker with a terrible injury record. We needed a goalscoring striker instead we got 2 league goals in a relegation season.

    3. Sarr - if we'd spent the money on a centre back, left back and a goal scoring striker we'd probably still be in the premier league. He's a lovely lad with a great attitude but he should stay this season cos he owe's us.

    4. Suarez - if we'd never signed this ex footballer we could've brought in Doucs when he was still motivated instead of loaning him to Granada and had a barnstorming 2nd half to our 1st season back in the prem.

    5. Pantilimon - if we'd had someone less muppet like in goal in the FA cup semi final v Palace we couldve had another flag waving Mancunian hammering at Wembley.

    Best impact:
    1. Ighalo - his goals carried us through the winter before we signed Watson and everything clicked in the promotion season and the next season his goals kept us up.

    2. Niang - did F all apart from almost single handedly getting us the 6 points against West Brom and Burnley that kept us up under Mazzarri.

    3. Gomes - no explanation needed.

    4. Richarlison - the only signing that has fully conformed to the 'Pozzo model' fairy tale we were sold when they bought the club. Trousering over £30m profit in 12 months is not to be sniffed at.

    5. Watson - the missing piece in the jigsaw that got us promoted.
     
  2. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    Gonna have to explain this bit for me? Or how you’ve got Sarr listed under worst impact as a whole really.

    I can understand him not being under best impact - but worst? Nah. You’ve lost me.
     
  3. No guts no glory

    No guts no glory Academy Graduate

    Your rules need to be clearer.... maybe best and worst who have played more than 5 games or something?
    As there have been easily over 50 players the Pozzo’s have signed who could fit better into the worst impact
    Ouloure £6m.... The kind of evidence that would normally be reserved for a major international fraud/tax dodging case
     
  4. Off the top of my head some of the worst (little to no impact) signings:

    Jurado
    Oulare
    Ibarbo
    Belkalem
    Diamanti
    Ikpeazu
    Merkel
    Park Chu Young
    Diakite
    Iriney
    Neuton
    Savic
    Tamas
    Bassong
    Penaranda
    Djedje
    Sinclair

    Some of the best (impact) signings:

    Almunia
    Gomes
    Cathcart - ever present now in his 7th season
    Hall
    Abdi
    Ighalo
    Vydra
    Capoue
    Doucoure
    Chalobah mk I pre injury
    Guediora
    Deulofeu
    Sarr
     
  5. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    I know I’ve already replied. But I’m just baffled how Sarr is in the top 5 worst signings! By the reasoning at which the OP has Richarlison in the top 5 best signings, as long as we sell Sarr for profit, he automatically becomes one of the best signings?!

    Confusing stuff.
     
  6. Lloyd

    Lloyd Reservist

    Surely only a matter of time...
     
  7. Lloyd

    Lloyd Reservist

    Try not to worry about it too much
     
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  8. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    BEST:
    1. Capoue
    2. Ighalo
    3. Doucoure
    4. Gomes
    5. Deulofeu


    WORST:

    1. Dawson
    2. Zeegelar
    3. Success
    4. Penaranda
    5. Mario Suarez

    There have been some other laughable ones like Ndong, Ibabro Belkalem, but these were genuine investments expected to have an impact on our first team and have been utterly disgraceful.
     
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  9. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    Spot on!
     
  10. Burnsy

    Burnsy Squad Player

    BUT I DO WORRY
     
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  11. HEY HO

    HEY HO Academy Graduate

    Always felt Berghuis could have been a hit with us if given the chance.

    And Geijo, of course.
     
  12. easthertshornet

    easthertshornet Reservist

    Don't forget Cassetti. A very classy player even towards the end of his career when he was with us.
     
  13. Supertommymooney

    Supertommymooney Reservist

    Good list, but where's Abdi?
     
  14. easthertshornet

    easthertshornet Reservist

    And Vydra?
     
  15. Cude>2<

    Cude>2< First Team Captain

    Don't understand what you're trying to achieve here in the worst impact as you've put Sarr, quoted that if we spent money elsewhere it would have been better so naturally means he's had poor impact?

    You then list Niang as a best for getting 6 points - Sarr tore Liverpool apart, and won us other games as well.

    For me some of the best are:

    Capoue
    Cathcart
    Geri D
    Ighalo
    Doucoure when he could be bothered
    Hughes
    Almunia
    Gomes

    Worst:

    Jurado
    Suarez
    Success due to having so much promise, but no attitude
    Tamas
    Arlauskis
    Fabbrini
    Iriney

    Other laughable ones who would be unfair to include due to lack of game time:

    Neill
    Park Chu Young
    Savic
    Romo
    Ibarbo (possibly our thickest signing)
    Belkalem
    Djedje
    Navarro
     
  16. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    It's hard cutting it down to five to be fair.

    Struggled between Abdi, Geri and Matej and went with Geri for the FA cup final
     
  17. luke_golden

    luke_golden Space Cadet

    Won’t hear a bad word said about Iriney.

    Misunderstood like all men with great hair.
     
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  18. Jumbolina

    Jumbolina First Team

    Pussetto surely. £6 million and our only signing in our hour of need. Utterly useless and now Udinese take him back for zero loan fee.

    Extraction.
     
  19. LondonOrn

    LondonOrn Reservist

    I still don't see why you'd pick Dawson ahead of Jurado or even Amrabat. Is it to do with the fact that we were relegated with him in the team (though not in every game)?

    I imagine if Dawson was playing in place of, say, Prodl in 2015-16 and Jurado was playing in Pereyra's position last season and the respective league positions were the same you'd have Jurado in that list instead.
     
  20. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    Success surely, he was supposed to be a candidate to take over from Deeney, yet even now that Troy is more or less a busted flush, he's still not as good as him
     
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  21. Hogg-DEENEY!!!

    Hogg-DEENEY!!! Reservist

    On that note, Gray must be up there too, although at least in his case, he was never as talented than Success and at least did give us some great moments on the cup run
     
  22. Supertommymooney

    Supertommymooney Reservist

    Um, semi-final?
     
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  23. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    Not in my head.
     
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  24. Supertommymooney

    Supertommymooney Reservist

    I'm hoping in your head we won both.

    Can I visit one day?
     
  25. Squibba

    Squibba Predictor Choker 14/15

    Remember Lucas Neil? That one was hilarious.

    I think Kaboul was an awful signing too, high wages and then just disappeared.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  26. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    Of course the relegation is a factor is my decision. He was brought in as the answer to our defensive problems - a task he totally and utterly failed to do. He was never fit for purpose from day one, and the decision to bring him in was instrumental in what happened.

    Have they brought in worse players over the years? Yes.

    Has any one mistake been as impact? No.

    Amrabat didn't really do the job he was supposed to, but he did an alright job as wing back. Before Dele Alli injured him I thought he looked one of our better players that season.

    I thought Jurado was pretty dreadful and could have maybe gone in the list, but he is just totally forgettable, whereas I genuinely dislike towards the top four on that list.
     
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  27. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    I would recommend against it.
     
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  28. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Savic made such little impact that I’ve genuinely never heard of him. And you’ve made up Romo surely, haven’t you?
     
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  29. WillisWasTheWorst

    WillisWasTheWorst Its making less grammar mistake's thats important

    Goal at Arsenal. That’ll do for me.
     
  30. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    Celebrated like a nutter on the bus tour didn't he?

    Or was that a different bloke?
     
  31. Cude>2<

    Cude>2< First Team Captain

    Rafael Romo? The emergency keeper we loaned in from Udinese?

    Savic I believe bought the end of season shirt of something?
     
  32. TomWatfordFC

    TomWatfordFC First Year Pro

    Didier Ndong must enter the conversation at some point
     
  33. WatfordTalk

    WatfordTalk First Team

    Oulare is the worst by far, surely? Remember he came on once and jumped up for a header and mistimed it by about 3 seconds. Magical moment
     
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  34. barely1egal

    barely1egal First Year Pro

    By all accounts he turned up to training after we had signed him really excited and Quique didn't even know who he was or what position he played.

    I don't really think he was any good, but I don't really think we give some of these kids the environment to succeed.

    Convinced some like him are just brought in as a result of some shady dealings with Mogi Bayat.
     
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  35. wfc4ever

    wfc4ever First Team Captain

    Well just look at the list in the summer of people we let go who probably haven't even been in the country..

    We do stockpile a lot of players at a young age so many will just fall by the way side.
     

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