Listed below are the 11 worst Graham Carr signings for Newcastle United, players brought in who were various levels of a waste of money, time and opportunity.
No doubt many of you will have very different ideas of what the most disastrous aspects of Mike Ashley/Graham Carr’s transfer were – but I’m sure there will be plenty of common ground.
I am aware that Graham Carr was at Newcastle before he arrived but when Alan Pardew replaced Chris Hughton, it looks to be the time when the manager then had no say on signings, with Carr in total control.
So I have included only signings from the Pardew era onwards.
A few words of explanation for a few of the choices…
Top of the list is Florian Thauvin, this is the worst for a number of reasons – the fact a very similar signing in Remy Cabella had proved disastrous only a year earlier, the ridiculous (approx £14m) transfer fee paid, plus the fact Graham Carr had chased the winger for so long with Newcastle putting in various bids over the course of a few years.
Second ‘top’ is Seydou Doumbia, though I was tempted to put him top.
He may have only been on loan and not cost a major transfer fee BUT with Newcastle desperate for goals to save them from relegation, Carr brought in a forward who wasn’t fit and who even Steve McClaren could see was totally unsuitable for the job in hand. What Rafa must have thought when he inherited Doumbia!
Another loan signing makes the list, Facundo Ferreyra incredibly rated not good enough to play a single minute of first team football!
As for hopeless players brought in on overly long contracts who it is impossible to get rid of – the likes of Obertan, Riviere and Marveaux earn their places.
Siem de Jong was obviously knackered when we bought him at a ‘bargain’ price after a horrendous year of injuries at Ajax.
Whilst current players Vurnon Anita and Aleksandar Mitrovic may provoke the most disagreement.
Anita has only played a handful of good games at Premier League level over the course of four years and for close to £7m, the fact he is showing up decently in the Championship is not nearly enough.
Whilst Mitrovic – Newcastle surely paid at least double his real value when signing him last summer and with NUFC desperate for a striker to save them from another relegation struggle, the fact Graham Carr identified the then 20 year old Mitro as that man, was a disastrous decision.
Graham Carr worst signings, listed in order from 11th worst to the very worst…:
11th Aleksandar Mitrovic
10th Mapou Yanga-M’biwa
9th Vurnon Anita (August 2012)
8th Facundo Ferreyra (August 2014)
7th Gabriel Obertan (August 2011)
6th Sylvain Marveaux (June 2011)
5th Emmanuel Riviere (July 2014)
4th Siem de Jong (Jult 2014)
3rd Remy Cabella (July 2014)
2nd Seydou Doumbia (February 2016)
1st Florian Thauvin (August 2015)