Who was the worst signing of the 2021 January transfer window? Amad Diallo? Olivier Ntcham?
In the final January transfer window podcast with Eurosport and The Beautiful Game, the team join forces to look at the window and review the best signings, the worst signings and the ones that they wish had happened. In the second of a three-part special we focus on the worst signings of the window.
So upset were Marseille at the Portuguese’s comments that they sacked him anyway, adding to the club’s woes after some supporters broke into the club’s training centre on Sunday.
“I don’t think this is any reflection on Ntcham, I think he’s a perfectly decent player. Maybe he hasn’t developed in the way we would have liked when he first went to Celtic but he’s a really solid player,” said Sharland.
“This is going to end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back and Marseille are going to lose one of the best managers they’ve had since Marcelo Bielsa.
“Villas-Boas is such a good manager and I can’t believe how badly Marseille have treated him. To go and sign a player he says he doesn’t want – I know you’ve got to try and think of your future… but you don’t bring him in when the manager who is there has said that he doesn’t want him. It’s just unbelievably poor.”
Amad Diallo (Atalanta to Man Utd, £19m)
‘Shelling that money in this climate?’ – Was Diallo the worst signing in January?
Diallo has been drafted into United’s Europa League squad but is yet to make his debut for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“He’s an 18-year-old winger who has made five appearances for Atalanta and scored one goal,” said Justin Cole.
“When you consider Manchester United’s team and who’s ahead of him in the pecking order, you’ve got Dan James, Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani. So many other attacking players who could occupy those positions and so it’s hard to see where he would fit in.
“Between now and the end of the season, he’s not going to feature much for United. So shelling out that kind of money in the current climate we’re facing just seems a bit touchy to me.”
Abijoh made the case that Brighton were crazy to let him leave and that he was a better stopper than Graham Potter’s preferred No.1 Robert Sanchez.
“Sanchez kept a clean sheet against Tottenham, had a very solid performance, but I just can’t see how he’s a better goalkeeper than Mat Ryan," said Abijoh.
"I think Arsenal have gained from this situation.”
Why not listen to the full podcast, then have your say on which of our pundits' picks was the worst signing in the poll below (we've omitted Mat Ryan because, well, he quite clearly isn't the worst signing).
WHO WAS THE WORST SIGNING OF THE 2021 JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW?