Portal ESPN has released a ranking of the 50 worst transfers of clubs in the English Premier League for the entire 28-year history of this tournament.
It was a place for two Ukrainians – forwards Sergei Rebrov, who in 2000 moved from Dynamo Kyiv to Tottenham for £ 16.2 million, and Andriy Shevchenko, who replaced Milan to Chelsea in 2006 in exchange for 39.5 million pounds.
Rib the authors of the rating took the 25th position, explaining the introduction of Ukrainian as follows: “Rebrov was part of the famous Bombardier bundles with Andriy Shevchenko in Kiev. While Shevchenko was surprised in Milan, and then was disappointed in Chelsea, Rebrov immediately fell in plain English the stage of their career. Spurs were hoping to see the striker, who has scored 10 goals in the Champions League, both during his final season at Dynamo, Rebrov but managed to score only 10 goals in 59 Premier League matches, including one in 30 matches in the second season. Tottenham then loaned him out Fenerbahce for the remainder of the contract.”
As for Shevchenko, it was placed on the 7-th position of the worst transfers in the history of the Premier League.
“For years Roman Abramovich was considered a “white whale”, but in the end, the Russian oligarch finally managed to acquire their own man in London, convincing Milan to sell Andriy Shevchenko Chelsea for a record British market amount. The arrival of Shevchenko, apparently, was supposed to indicate the imminent departure of Drogba and Jose Mourinho expected that the Ukrainians will be his priority option. The problem was that the novice was already 29 years old, and although he scored a lot for Milan, at Stamford bridge, as it seemed, he suddenly got old. Injuries, inconsistent play and the resurrection Drogba has led to the fact that Shevchenko scored only 9 goals in 48 games in the Premier League. Mourinho trusted Drogba and Shevchenko used without an explicit position, with the result that Abramovich sacked Portuguese coach in 2007. Shevchenko after his second season in London went on loan to Milan, and then returned to Dynamo Kyiv on a free transfer,” the newspaper notes.
With a full list of the worst transfers in the history of the EPL on ESPN can be found here.