Since the start of the Premier League in 1992, not many clubs have been involved in as many transfer activities as Manchester City. While they are now rightly considered among England’s elite, over the past two decades there have been some outright failures to play for the club. In this article, let us have a look at some of the worst Manchester City signings ever.
Here are the 12 worst Manchester City signings ever.
12. Laurent Charvet
The French full-back joined City from Newcastle for £1m in 2000 when £1m was still quite a lot of money in football.
Quite quickly it turned out that whatever City paid was too much, as Charvet set about demonstrating he wasn’t fit for purpose.
He made 20 Premier League appearances in his first season – but City were relegated, and of the 20 he appeared in, they only won five. He made just three appearances the following season under Kevin Keegan before heading back to France with Sochaux after his contract was cancelled.
11. Wilfried Bony
Before joining Manchester City, Bony scored 35 goals in 70 games for Swansea and was on the radar of few Premier League clubs. Manchester City signed him in Januray 2015, for a fee of £25 million.
He didn’t have a great start to his manchester City career. Bony scored eight goals in 34 appearances in 2015–16.
Bony struggled for game time at Man City and following the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016 he joined Stoke City on loan for the 2016–17 season. He was later sold to Swansea.
10. Christian Negouai
Negouai was bought for £1.5 million by Manchester City from Charleroi in 2001. He made just six league appearances of which two were match starts and scored only once, against Rotherham, in his four years at the club.
His time at Manchester City was hampered by a serious injury that required operations on both knees restricting his appearances. He is definitely one of the worst Manchester City signings ever.
9. Eliaquim Mangala
The latest addition among the worst Manchester City signings ever is Eliaquim Mangala. He signed for Manchester City on a five-year contract, for a reported £31.8 million transfer fee in August 2014.
Mangala made his debut in City’s fifth match of the Premier League season, a 1–1 home draw against Chelsea on 21 September. Lining up alongside captain Vincent Kompany, his performance was described by BBC Sport as “colossal”.
However, his performances after that game were poor. Despite media criticism, manager Manuel Pellegrini said “we continue to trust him because he is a very good player who had very bad luck”. But continous poor performances made him very unpopular among the fans and he was soon shown the exit door.
8. Gerry Creaney
Creaney moved to Manchester City in 1995, with City paying £500,000 and £1million-rated Paul Walsh moving to Fratton Park in exchange. While Walsh scored for fun at Fratton Park, Creaney scored just four league goals in three seasons at City, dropping out of the starting line up for Uwe Rosler and Nigel Clough to take his place.
He was loaned out to Oldham, Ipswich, Burnley, and Chesterfield whilst at Maine Road before being released in 1999. All these earns him a place among the worst Manchester City signings ever.