10 shocking transfers that shook the S.League
Since the inception of the S.League in 1996, plenty of foreign players have come and gone while local players have had more clubs on their playing resume than they have had girlfriends.
Which of those transfers stand out as the most shocking, either due to the stardust it provided or for simply being shockingly bad out on the pitch?
Deepanraj Ganesan took a look and picked out the 10 of the most shocking transfers in the S.League.
Martin Wagner to Tampines Rovers (2013)
To describe Martin Wagner’s time at Tampines Rovers as ill-fated would be generous, such was the let-down caused by the Argentinian’s performances in the S.League.
Purchased as part of the marquee player scheme, Wagner signed on a one-year contract believed to be worth around 200,000 euros ($325,000) and immediately caused a buzz as fans and media were eager to have a taste of some South American flavour.
But from the get-go, it was apparent that he was not the dish they ordered. Wagner looked extremely off the pace and while supporters turned up to see something special from the central midfielder, all they got was five-yard sideway passes and countless loss of possession.
Even the most loyal supporter would squirm at the mention of Wagner.
Wagner and Stags’ fans would be put out of their miseries mid-season when the Argentinian was released after just 742 minutes of action — most of which came from the bench.
The shock doesn’t end there. The S.League flop would then be snapped up by one of Argentina’s most illustrious teams, Argentinos Juniors, who were leading their domestic league at that time.
As Sir Alex Ferguson would testify — football. Bloody Hell.
Yang Mu to Young Lions (2009)
Where do we begin with this one?
Firstly, Yang Mu, 19, was signed by the Young Lions after a protracted transfer saga. Yes, you read that right. There was once a transfer saga in our very own S.League.
Yang’s parent club, Changsha Jingde (now known as Guangzhou R&F) demanded compensation for the development of the forward and after much prolonged negotiations, Young Lions finally got the player after paying out a fee in the region of $20,000.
Yang failed to show his exorbitant worth on the pitch however, as he managed to net a mere four goals in 18 appearances for the developmental side under then coach Terry Pathmanathan.
Standing at 1.91m, the China-born striker was also the second tallest player in the league at that time (behind a certain 1.92 m tall Aleksander Duric).
But unlike the close difference in vertical measurement between the pair, the difference in the height of success that both players reached were strikingly different.
There is Peter Crouch. There is Duric. And then there was Yang.