The team that is known as Wolverhampton Wanderers FC today, was once known as St. Luke when it was formed. John Baynton and John Brodie had formed it in the year 1877. In 1889 the club was given Molineux stadium which is filled with good atmosphere and cheerful Wolves fans.
The journey of Wolves has been a roller coaster ride. There have been decisions that have created history and there also have been decisions that can be contemplated as the worst managerial decisions. People blame the fluctuations in ownership of these decisions.
Many things are responsible for the performance of a team. It is the set of players, the coaching staffs, managers, the coordination amongst players, the coordination between players and staffs, etc. All of these act as important factors behind the performance of the teams.
The Wolves are one team that has seen both the sunrise, sunset and sunrise again. The failure of the team was a testing time for the players and the fans. There have been many signings that have resulted adversely for Wolverhampton. In this article, we will have a look at some of the worst Wolves signings ever.
Based on performance, impact, loyalty, signing fee and behaviour, here are the 10 worst Wolves signings ever.
10. Paul Gladon
Everyone knows the degree of risk that goes hand-in-hand with signing a striker from the Eredivisie. Wolves learned it the hard way when they signed Paul Gladon. The 26-year-old arrived at Molineux in the summer of 2016, when Walter Zenga was at the helm, and made three appearances within his first month at the club.
He hardly made any impact on the club and was shown the exit door soon. Wolves would be laughing if they could get back the £1 million fee they invested in Gladon, but that will be easier said than done for a player they probably should never have signed in the first place.
9. Oleg Luzhny
After playing for Arsenal for four years, Ukrainian right-back signed for newly-promoted Wolves in their first season in the Premier League.
At the time, he was considered as an experienced defender who was captain of the national side and could help Wolves avoid an immediate return to the second division.
Instead, he only played six games for the club and was then sold as Wolves dropped out of the top flight with a whimper. He is undoubtedly one of the worst Wolves signings ever.
8. Andy Lonergan
Wolverhampton has never got a bad record with the goalkeepers. If you see the goalkeeping department of Wolves, the last twenty years have been pretty good and it has been quite stable. However, Andy Lonergan is an exception.
He is in this list of worst Wolves signings ever, because expectations of the fans were a lot from him and he could not stand up to that in the 11 appearances he had.
7. Tomasz Frankowski
Frankowski was considered as a good move from Glenn Hoddle when he was signed from Elche. The club had invested around € 1.4 million.
Prior to signing for the Midlands side, Frankowski scored an impressive 115 goals in 173 games for Wisla Krakow before scoring 8 in 14 for Spanish side Elche. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make any impact on Wolves.
Unable to find the net once during his 16-game spell with the club, he soon earned the unenviable nickname of “the Pole without a goal” around Molineux.