McCarthy was signed by West Ham for an undisclosed fee on deadline day of the 2010 January transfer window from Blackburn Rovers. He signed a two and a half-year contract that was due to run until the summer of 2012. He made his Premier League debut for West Ham against Burnley at Turf Moor in a 2–1 defeat on 6 February 2010, where he sustained an injury which would keep him out for six weeks.
In February 2011, having played just 326 minutes of football, making only three starts and failing to score any goals for West Ham, McCarthy was omitted from West Ham’s 25-man squad for the remainder of the 2010–11 season. He was also offered a £1million pay-off in exchange for terminating his contract prematurely.
In April 2011, McCarthy left West Ham by mutual agreement after the parties agreed to a £1.5million pay-off to terminate his contract. He made only two Premier League starts and fourteen appearances in all competitions scoring no goals.
In a nutshell, he picked up an injury in his debut that would keep him out for up to six weeks. He came back extremely unfit and only went on to play another 13 games for West Ham. Awful!
He was always going to be somewhere in this list, the question was only where? Just because of the sheer peculiarity of this special case in the history top flight British signings warrants his place here.
Beauchamp was sold to Premier League side West Ham United in 1994 for a then club-record (sales) fee of £1.2 million from his boyhood club Oxford United. However, he didn’t last long; having not played a single competitive game for the Hammers, Beauchamp decided he couldn’t stand the traffic travelling from Oxford each day, and a mere 58 days later he was signed by Swindon for a club-record combined fee of £800,000, which included defender Adrian Whitbread going in the opposite direction. Whitbread was valued at £750,000 in the deal.
3. KIERON DYER
Coming to the real celebrity in this list, PUN INTENDED, Dyer completed a move to West Ham on 16 August 2007 for £6 million, signing a four-year deal. He made his debut for West Ham in the 1–0 away win at Birmingham City on 18 August 2007. However, this has been one of the few positives in Dyer’s time at West Ham as he has since been blighted by injury.
Just ten days after his debut, he was stretchered off after a tackle by Joe Jacobson in a League Cup match against Bristol Rovers that resulted in his right leg being broken in two places. Dyer subsequently missed the rest of the 2007–08 season. His injury was re-assessed in August 2008, when it was decided that a six-week specialist rehabilitation programme was required before he began pre-season training.
During this time, Dyer’s slow recovery from his injury sparked widespread speculation that his career may be over.
On 3 January 2009, Dyer made his comeback for West Ham after 17 months out, coming on as a second-half substitute against Barnsley in the FA Cup third round tie at the Boleyn Ground. Dyer’s injuries continued in May 2009 when he was ruled out with a hamstring injury. He played in West Ham’s first match of the 2009–10 season against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but had problems with injuries after the match. He managed only one more match, away to Blackburn Rovers, before hamstring problems hit again. He returned for two further matches before another injury in September kept him out until returning in a reserve match against Stoke City in November when he scored two goals.
After taking over West Ham in January 2010, David Sullivan revealed the full extent of the club’s debts, which totalled £110 million. Shortly afterwards, in addition to the swingeing cuts being made by vice-chairman Karren Brady, Sullivan suggested that Dyer should follow Dean Ashton into retirement; Sullivan expressed the club’s frustration that Dyer, who was earning £60,000 per week, had only played 18 matches in three years. Ipswich town had expressed an interest in re-signing Dyer, but the move stalled amid reports Dyer had demanded a £1 million pay-off from West Ham; the media had also speculated about whether Dyer could actually pass a medical.
In May 2010, figures in The Daily Telegraph stated that Dyer, who had made only 22 appearances and had never played a full 90 minutes for West Ham, was the club’s top earner on £83,000-a-week. His deal included £424,000-a-season for image rights and £100,000 in loyalty fees. Dyer was released by West Ham at the end of the 2010–11 season, after costing the club around £450,000 for every match he played in.
”Wait let me sum it up, I have to say I was shocked when I saw he made 30 appearances for the club. Mind you, it doesn’t say how many minutes each appearance was”! Chairman David Gold once said that Dyer cost the club £6million and by the time he left, had cost the club £10million in wages. Outrageous!
Before I move onto the top 2 here are a few honourable or in this case dishonourable mentions :
Savio Nsereko, Titi Camara, Rigobert Song, Javier Mascherano, Florin Raducioiu, Roger Johnson, Razvan Rat, Dani, Alou Diarra, Emmanuel Pogatetz Marouane Chamakh, Matthew Upson, Robbie Keane, Nigel QuashieGary, Charles, Mido and lastly Rebrov and Suker.
All of them are equally deserving to be on this list, some of them have even more appalling stats than the ones featured in this list but they didn’t come with as much of a hefty fee or the amount of expectation that these gentlemen have. In plain words they just aren’t gossip worthy article material. The players featured here are remembered by the fans for all the wrong reasons whereas these folks aren’t even that. Except only Mascherano, but I have dedicated a few words to that infamous transfer deal already.