Aston Villa have had their fair share of bad signings over the years. Not necessarily bad players, but also players that haven’t worked for whatever reason. In this article, we will have a look at some of the worst Aston Villa signings ever.
Here are the 10 worst Aston Villa signings ever –
10. Ivo Stas
You might not remember him because he never actually kicked a ball. The classy Czech midfielder had impressed Villa manager Jo Venglos during a UEFA Cup tie between the clubs but was injured in his first training session at Bodymoor Heath and didn’t actually play a competitive game for the club.
Signed from Czech side Banik Ostrava for £750k in 1990, the stopper appeared in a couple more friendlies before returning to Czechoslovakia the following year.
9. Habib Beye
Beye arrived for £2.5m from Newcastle United in the summer of 2009. At 31 years of age, the right-back was at the wrong side of 30. But, the likes of Luke Yong and Carlos Cuellar restricted the former Marseille captain to a handful of appearances.
The most baffling thing is that the player was on an eye-watering £42,000. In the end, he was released from his contract and ended up at Doncaster Rovers.
8. Jean Makoun
It is amazing to think that Makoun has only been at Villa for 18 months following a £6.2million move. He played just seven games in the second-half of 2010/11, and then actually joined Olympiakos on a season-long loan in August 2011, just seven months after joining.
Looks as if Villa may have paid nearly £1million per league appearance. Nice work. Definitely one of the worst Aston Villa signings ever.
7. Stephen Ireland
Ireland came to Villa off the back of Man City’s purchase of James Milner. He looked like a player who had been told to go to the Midlands against his will. This was reflected in his performances.
Ireland was valued at £8 million as part of his switch, cost Villa a fortune in wages. He left for Stoke two years later and looked like a decent footballer again.
6. Charles N’Zogbia
Ashley Young made his way to Manchester United in the summer of 2011 and we needed to fill his void. Charlie N’Zogbia looked to tick all the boxes following a stellar campaign with Wigan Athletic having practically kept them up singlehandedly.
However, he was a massive anti-climax at Villa having cost a little over £10m. In five years at Villa, he earned around £17m in wages and chipped in with just four goals. He even refused to accept a pay-off in the final months of his contract as he was happy to sit on his £66k-a-week wages.