Ranked! The 50 worst players in Premier League history

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15. Antonio Nunez

The Spaniard arrived at Liverpool from Real Madrid as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to the Spanish capital in 2004. Winger Nunez set the tone for things to come by getting injured on day one of training and missing the first three months of the season (a perfect replacement for Owen in some respects).

Nunez managed to make 27 appearances in his solitary season at Anfield, despite a reputation for sending crosses into the stands, and remarkably came away with a Champions League winners medal before leaving to join Celta Vigo.

14. Claude Davis

When Derby County were promoted to the Premier League in 2007, manager Billy Davis sought to strengthen the defence for the rigours of top-flight football. He spent £3m on centre-back Claude Davis, who had played under him at Preston North End.

Yet Davis proved wholly unsuited to Premier League football. He played just 19 times as the Rams slumped to a record low points total of 11, while earning himself the nickname 'Calamity Claude'.

13. Sean Dundee

The South African striker joined Liverpool with a healthy record in the Bundesliga when Roy Evans signed him for £2m in 1998. Dundee was supposed to provide cover for the injured Robbie Fowler. As it turned out, the Reds had signed another dud – one in a long line of strikers who failed to cut it in front of the Kop, as Dundee couldn’t displace Owen or Karl-Heinz Riedle. Almost mesmerically slow, he made just five first-team appearances and failed to score.

"One player I do regret signing was Sean Dundee,” said Evans later. "He was terrible on and off the pitch. He didn't take any notice of me, did what he wanted and lacked discipline. He certainly shouldn't have joined Liverpool."

12. Eric Djemba-Djemba

Alex Ferguson made a number of bizarre signings in the years after winning the Treble, with midfielder Djemba-Djemba sitting high on the list. The Cameroon international was plucked from Nantes in 2003 and earmarked as a potential successor to Roy Keane.

While he certainly had the unchecked aggression, he had little of the Irishman’s passing ability. Djemba-Djemba spent 18 months being largely awful at Old Trafford, didn’t do any better at Aston Villa and is now playing in the Swiss fifth division.

11. Andrea Silenzi

In the mid-1990s, Football Italia had been captivating audiences with the skill of European players, but the first Italian to play on these shored had the opposite effect.

Silenzi, signed for £1.8m from Torino in 1995, horrified Nottingham Forest supporters with his leaden touch and laid-back approach. He managed just a handful of appearances and two goals in the FA Cup before Forest cut their losses and loaned him back to Italy, with Venezia. When Forest boss Dave Bassett tried to recall him, Silenzi refused to come back.