Sunderland are one of the biggest football clubs in England. They have a passionate fanbase and a rich history. Many great players have played for the club but the club also have made some horrendous signings. In this article, let us look at some of the worst Sunderland signings ever.
Considering various factors like impact, money spent, attitude and dedication, here are the 10 worst Sunderland signings ever.
10. James Vaughan
As Sunderland fell to the Championship they set about trying to build a squad fit for the second tier while on a budget. Vaughan had Premier League experience with Everton and finished the season prior as League One top goalscorer with Bury. On paper it looked a good move, but two missed penalties in pre-season ruined his confidence and he managed just two goals in 27 games before being loaned out after just six months.
9. Tore Andre Flo
Flo had the ability to terrorise defences, racking up a goal every two games on average. But at Sunderland, he didn’t suit the style, and bagged just four league goals in his only season, before being given a free transfer at the end of the season as the club spiralled into debt. A spectacular farce worth every ounce of infamy it receives.
8. Papy Djilobodji
Like many others, the defender was part of Sunderland’s decline from Premier League to League One. He was part of the squad that was relegated from the top-flight, Djilobodji moved out on loan as Sunderland crashed out of the Championship. As Sunderland prepared for League One, the defender looked for a route out. He is widely remembered as one of the worst Sunderland signings ever.
7. Jozy Altidore
Although he’d previously struggled in the top flight at Hull, Altidore arrived at Sunderland on the back of an incredible two campaigns in the Netherlands with Alkmaar where he netted 51 goals. In one and a half seasons at Sunderland, he managed just three. The club were able to use him in a swap deal to bring Jermain Defoe to the club.
6. Kelvin Davis
Kelvin Davis had been a reliable shot-stopper for Luton, Wimbledon, Ipswich, and Southampton. But his time at Sunderland though is a blip in an otherwise decent career, and the Sunderland fans understandably don’t have particularly fond memories of him. He made a number of embarrassing errors in the North East, playing 33 games as Sunderland ended the season with 15 points, the second-worst total in Premier League history.