Top 10 Most Unhappy Footballer Signings

10. Aaron Lennon to Everton


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Aaron Lennon has been an epitome of a player who did not fulfill his early promise and after struggling for first team football at Tottenham Hotspur this season, the winger was allowed to leave White Hart Lane on loan in January. Lennon decided to join Everton but given their torrid campaign this year, Lennon did not seem to be too chuffed at joining the Toffees.

9. Royston Drenthe to Everton


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Much had been expected from Royston Drenthe after he joined Real Madrid as a youngster back in 2007 but the Dutchman simply did not fulfill his potential at the Santiago Bernabeu. Having found himself out of favour at the club, Drenthe made a move away from Madrid on loan to join Everton in 2011. However, the Dutchman did not look excited at all in having to make a move down to Merseyside and it showed in his woeful performances for the club.

8. Shaq Coulthirst to Southend


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Shaq Coulthirst is a highly rated Tottenham Hotspur youngster who has been tipped for a big future in the coming years. As every youngster has to these days though, Coulthirst has been moving around on loan at various different clubs in order to gain experience. The striker recently made a move to Southend United but his expression during his unveiling was one which lacked any sort of enthusiasm at the prospect of regular first team football.

7. Nicolas Anelka to West Bromwich Albion


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French striker Nicolas Anelka has earned the name ‘Le Sulk’ for his moody attitude and he never seems to be ver pleased with anything. Having played for the likes of Arsenal, PSG, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Juventus, Anelka looked particularly unhappy at having signed for West Bromwich Albion at the start of the 2013 campaign. The striker did not look a happy figure on the pitch as well and exited after making only 12 appearances.

6. Afonso Alves to Al-Gharafa


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Afonso Alves was hailed as one of the best strikers in Europe following his prolific spell with Heerenveen and Premier League club Middlesbrough were so impressed with the Brazilian star that they decided to splash a whopping £15million to secure his services in 2008. However, Alves managed only 13 goals in 57 appearances for Boro and was offloaded to Qatari side, Al- Sadd for half the price. Suffice to say that “one of the best strikers in the world” did not look too happy.

5. Emmanuel Frimpong to Barnsley


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Emmanuel Frimpong seemed to spend more time on twitter than he did concentrating on football and unsurprisingly, the midfielder was sold by Arsenal to Championship strugglers Barnsley. From the bright lights of Emirates to the rough and tumble of Oakwell, Frimpong certainly did not look very excited about the move and the midfielder was released after only four months at the club.

4. Robert Huth to Leicester City


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From playing for Chelsea in the Champions League as well as representing the German national team at the World Cup, Robert Huth now finds himself plying for relegation certainties Leicester City. After having struggled for regular first team football at Stoke, Huth made a move to Leicester and the defender did not look happy at having endured such a downward spiral in his career.

3. Marouane Chamakh to West Ham United


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Marouane Chamakh was hailed as one of the signings of the season after Arsenal managed to lure the striker to the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer back in 2010. However, Chamakh did not fulfill the hype which surrounded his arrival as he managed only 12 goals in 63 appearances for the Gunners. Arsene Wenger decided to get rid of Chamakh in January of 2013 and sent him out on loan to West Ham United. The Moroccan striker wanted first team football but he looked a bit bemused at having joined a relegation battling West Ham side.

2. Fabio to Queens Park Rangers


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It was believed that along with twin brother Rafael, Fabio would become the mainstay in one of the full back positions for Manchester United for years to come. Over the course of time though, Fabio did not look as good as his brother and was shifted out on loan by the Red Devils to Queens Park Rangers. Having left his brother as well as one of the biggest clubs in the world behind, Fabio was not very excited and it showed during his unveiling as a Queens Park Rangers player.

1. Julien Faubert to Real Madrid (Alfredo di Stefano)


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In one of the mos strangest transfers of all time, Real Madrid decided to loan West Ham United outcast Julien Faubert in the January transfer window of 2009. His signing seemed to puzzle even Madrid Honorary President Alfredo Di Stefano as he looked bemused during the unveiling of Faubert. The Frenchman unsurprisingly struggled at Real Madrid, making only 2 appearances and comically falling asleep on the bench during a La Liga clash.

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