Best league? Or just big waste of money?

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If you go along with the propaganda then the Barclays Premier League is supposed to be the best in the world.

An alternative view – where it is regularly referred to as The Greed is Good League – suggests there are far too many millions being spent across the top flight.

So from the current campaign this is The Waste of Money XI (total value £185m) based on transfer fees, wages and the lack of impact...


Craig Gordon

Hearts to Sunderland (£9m – August 2007)

Injuries have restricted the Scotland international goalkeeper to just 94 appearances for the Black Cats and he hasn’t been seen in first-team action for over a year.


David Luiz

Benfica to Chelsea (£21m – January 2011)

The Brazilian can appear good going forward but he doesn’t look like a world-class centre-half. Nine yellow cards so far this season suggest he need to work on those defensive skills.

Stefan Savic

Partizan Belgrade to Manchester City (£6m – July 2011)

He has made more starts in the Carling Cup and European Championship qualifiers for Montenegro than in the league, hardly making any impression for the title contenders.

Roger Johnson

Birmingham City to Wolverhampton Wanderers (£7m – July 2011)

Relegated at the end of last season, he is facing the drop again. The Molineux skipper was axed from the line-up following Mick McCarthy’s sacking and a 5-1 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Wayne Bridge

Chelsea to Manchester City (£12m – January 2009)

At one stage he was arguably better than Ashley Cole for club and country. Now the left-back has been sent on loan to join the Sunderland substitutes after last year’s unsuccessful spell at West Ham United.


Charles N’Zogbia

Wigan Athletic to Aston Villa (£9.5m – July 2011)

Despite claims that he has attracted interest from bigger clubs, the Frenchman still finds himself towards the bottom of the table. He has just two goal so far this season.

Joey Barton

Newcastle United to Queens Park Rangers (free – August 2011)

Qualifies on the basis of his weekly wage plus the fact Newcastle were prepared to let him leave for nothing four years after spending nearly £6m. Eight bookings and one red card for a struggling side yet the midfielder still thinks he should be playing for England.

Jordan Henderson

Sunderland to Liverpool (£16m – June 2011)

His only goal for the Reds came against Bolton Wanderers in August, he was taken off in the Carling Cup final and he has failed to establish himself at Anfield, despite regular call-ups to the England under-21 squad.

Stewart Downing

Aston Villa to Liverpool (£20m – July 2011)

Another who hasn’t lived up to the price tag so far with no goals in the Premier League this term.

The man-of-the-match award in the Carling Cup final was very generous on the basis of a couple of first-half crosses.


Fernando Torres

Liverpool to Chelsea (£50m – January 2011)

Remember when he was a world-class forward? Both league strikes this season came in September and he has got more cards than goals. Left out of the Spain squad and should be stuck on the Chelsea bench.

Andy Carroll

Newcastle United to Liverpool (£35m – January 2011)

Three cup goals match his league tally. Not even good enough to get into the England squad when there are injuries and suspensions. Needs more time if he is going to deliver.