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.
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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.
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6. Freddy Eastwood
How can we forget Freddy Eastwood? Freddy was on fire when he was playing for Southend. He was brought in with a lot of anticipation. Wolves thought they had landed themselves another star when Freddy Eastwood put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Molineux for £1.5m.
But when Freddy was handed over the jersey of the Wolves, his performance was dismal. The club held special mentoring sessions for Eastwood, but it resulted in futile. The player could score only 3 goals for the Wolves in the 31 appearances. This was absurd. Seeing this Mick handed him to Coventry only a year later.
5. Nathan Byrne
Nathan Byrne was an excellent player when he played for his previous club Tottenham Hotspur. He was the third biggest deal of 2015-16 season. There was a lot of things that was expected from him and rightfully so.
But the right-back disappointed his fans on the field and as well as with his decision to transfer himself to Wigan Athletic. The fans were outraged when this news about Nathan came in media. Nathan only played 24 matches for Wolves and deservingly earns a place among the worst Wolves signings ever.
4. Jamie O’ Hara
If we talk about the most disappointing performances, O’Hara’s name would feature that list for sure. Jamie was brought from Tottenham Hotspur. What was a much bigger news breaker was the fact that the club had invested around €5 million on the player.
When you invest such a big amount you want them to be loyal and play for the club with passion. The player appeared for 17 times. He had some good performances. But his performances were not consistent.
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3. Stefan Maierhofer
In the year 2009, Stefan Maierhofer was signed for € 1.8 million. When this news broke out, everybody criticised the decision. This was plenty amount for a team which is based in the Midlands. The only thing that the Manager of the Wolves thought could shut the mouth of the critics was the performance of Stephan.
But, he was very bad on-field apart from one match against Blackburn. He also suffered from an injury. People said that he has a hernia. He could score only one goal in the two years and was disappointment for the club and the fans.
2. Marlon Harewood
When Marlon Harewood was signed for Wolves it was been hyped much. He was considered as the best move and there were many articles on the media backing up this move.
But whenever Marlon entered the ground, he was lacking intent. He was lazy with his moves and failed to create even a minimal impact that was expected from him. Thus, the decision to buy him turned out to be a disaster for the Old Golds. In the Championship league, he failed to make appearances. He appeared five times for the Wolves and went goalless in all the occasions.
1. Roger Johnson
If we talk about the most underperformed players in the history of Wolverhampton, Roger Johnson would feature on the top of the list everytime. Roger was brought from Birmingham for around €5 million. He was soon handed over the captaincy. The club had good expectations from him. But soon, things turned out worse for them.
He appeared 72 times for the Wolves and the performance of the team dipped during this phase. Moreover, there was a division amongst the players. There was no unity. The fans and players blamed the boss Mick McCarthy for all of this.
But Roger was to be blamed equally for it. There were a lot of expectations from him. His behaviour at the club was also absurd. He came drunk in the training session after the 5-0 loss that Wolves suffered against Fulham. This should be considered the worst Wolves signings ever.