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.
2. Jean Alain Boumsong
Newcastle paid £8 million for Boumsong. Rangers, who’d picked the French defender up for free a few months earlier must’ve thought they’d won the lottery.
What made it even more strange was Boumsong’s almost total lack of ability. Despite being quick and strong, Boumsong made numerous errors and cost his team goals at vital times.
To make things worse, he regularly partnered Bramble at the heart of Newcastle’s defence in 2005. Boumsong was shipped out after one season in a Newcastle shirt, somehow negotiating a move to Italian giants Juventus.
1. Michael Owen
It’s not Owen’s fault that he spent most of his time at Newcastle injured, but that doesn’t soften the blow for fans who saw 26 goals in four years.
Owen spent far too much time on the treatment table. Suffering regularly from hamstring and thigh injuries, it was clear Owen was not the player he once was.
He made only 71 appearances in his four-year stay at Newcastle, before running down his contract and leaving Tyneside on a free.
The reason behind Owen topping this list is his attitude to life in a Newcastle shirt. He never seemed bothered about the numerous games he missed and spent increasing amounts of time looking after his beloved racing horses in Cheshire.
When he finally left for Manchester United, there weren’t too many Newcastle fans who were upset to see him leave.