Newcastle United fans have had a lot to put up with in recent times and some of the club’s transfer moves over the last few years have been baffling. They have proved in the past that you don’t need restrictions on trade to buy poorly. They used to happily do it the summer as well, or at any time during the season when they felt their money was sitting around doing nothing. So let’s take a look back at the top ten worst Newcastle United signings ever.
Considering various factors like fee, wage, performances, attitude and ability, here are the ten worst Newcastle United signings ever.
5. Titus Bramble
Arguably the worst defender ever to pull on a Newcastle United shirt, Bramble was a calamity at the back for Newcastle.
Bought by the legendary Sir Bobby Robson as a physically talented 19-year-old, Titus Bramble had the prowess to be a useful defender. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the talent to back it up.
Bramble spent five years on Tyneside, making countless mistakes in the process, before finally moving on to play for Wigan.
4. Alan Smith
For a brief period, Alan Smith was seen as one of England’s most exciting talents, but in the end he wasn’t even the best player called Alan Smith in recent times. Especially considering the monstrous £60,000 a week wage he picked up over the five years he was at St. James’, that’s £15.6million by the way.
Smith played 84 games for Newcastle, he didn’t score any goals but he did effortlessly harvest bookings. He will always be remembered among the worst Newcastle United signings ever.
3. Albert Luque
Newcastle could probably have signed Luque for £2 million, but instead they paid £9 million. Luque was a striker, but his usual position was on the treatment table. When he took a rare break from being injured, he’d play wherever he was needed – usually on the wing – and remind fans he will still there.
He clearly had quality, as proved by his price tag, but the move to Newcastle signalled the start of his demise. His sole bright moment was a derby goal against Sunderland in April 2006.