Your club’s worst player... EVER! As voted for by the fans
Swansea (Aidan Newhouse)
By Steven Carroll (@StevenSOS1987)
Newhouse arrived from Fulham for £30,000 in October 1997 and failed to score in 17 appearances for the club. In fact, he only netted 21 in a 12-year career, which says it all.
Once, a team-mate received the ball on the edge on the box and was about to shoot, only for Newhouse to kick him in the back of the leg
One game stands out above all others. Carlisle visited the old Vetch Field in February 1999, and due to injuries and suspensions, Newhouse was awarded a rare start.
Early on he was put through on goal and fouled by the keeper inside the box – but while the referee looked set to award a penalty, with said goalkeeper on the floor and both Newhouse/the ball free, our hapless striker shot from close range and missed an open goal. No penalty.
In the second half, Stuart Roberts received the ball on the edge on the box and was about to shoot, only for Newhouse to kick him in the back of the leg. He never played again after that.
Swindon (Alberto Comazzi)
Comazzi has yet to kick a ball since leaving Swindon, after being banned for four years for his a part in the 2011 Italian match-fixing scandal
Paolo Di Canio brought Comazzi to Swindon in 2011 as a supposed first-choice centre-back, but his time at the County Ground lasted only seven months and five appearances – one of which ending prematurely after he was sent off.
Comazzi, a former Milan academy graduate, left Swindon in January 2012 after deciding his style of play and lack of pace didn't suit League Two. The Robins went on to win the title without him.
But there’s more: Comazzi has yet to kick a ball since leaving Swindon, after being banned for four years for his a part in the 2011 Italian match-fixing scandal.
In terms of outlay and return, Paulinho rises to the top of Tottenham’s very deep pool of expensive non-talent over the years. The £18m Brazilian started reasonably well, scoring a last-minute backheel winner against Cardiff, but very quickly his ‘new Lampard’ tag became laughable.
The £18m Brazilian started reasonably well but very quickly his ‘new Lampard’ tag became laughable
The overriding memory of Paulinho is his unforgettable ‘shot’ against Burnley in 2015, which caused scenes of sheer disbelief in the away end. In another game against Norwich, he trapped a pass so poorly that it bounced up and hit him in the face.
Some limited players at least put in the effort, but even that was beyond him; managers gave unsubtle nods towards him crying off injured before European games.
Thinking about Paulinho makes me physically angry, and I’m glad he’s in China where I no longer have to look at him.
Walsall (Andy Petterson)
By Rob Jones (@RobJNumber13)
There’s been no shortage of calamitous signings in my 22 years following the Saddlers, but none made a more disastrous impact on a season than veteran Australian goalkeeper Petterson.
He shipped six goals on his debut at home to Coventry; we ended up being relegated on the final day of the season by virtue of goal difference – two goals
Signed in 2004 as cover when club legend Jimmy Walker picked up a three-game ban for slapping Dennis Wise at the New Den (a bit daft, but who could blame him?), we were Petterson’s 16th club in English football.
If alarm bells weren’t ringing at Colin Lee signing a 35-year-old goalie with only 20 first-team appearances to his name in four years, they certainly were when he shipped six goals on his debut at home to Coventry. Two games later and a whopping total of 10 net-ripplers added to our Goals Against column, Petterson resumed his rightful position on the bench, presumably hoping his disastrous spell in goal wouldn’t prove too costly.
We ended up being relegated on the final day of the season by virtue of goal difference. Two goals.
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