Premier League

The worst players in Premier League history

UK based magazine Four Four Two has complied a ranking of the Top 50 worst players ever to grace the English Premier League with three Spaniards included.

Radamel Falcao, Albert Luque y Bebe.

Respected UK monthly football magazine Four Four Two has complied a ranking of the Top 50 worst players to ever play in the Premier League with three Spanish players in the ignominious listing.

Topping the pile is Ali Dia. During a poor spell for Southampton in the mid 1990s, then Saints boss Graeme Souness claimed to have received a call from George Weah asking that the south coast club sign his cousin.

Weah was alleged to have told Souness about the player's time with PSG and in Senegal and managed to get Dia a spell with the club. With the injury room full Dia managed to make the bench for the visit of Leeds United in the 96-97 season. 

Wearing the number 33 shirt for the November 1996 game after originally being scheduled to play in a reserve team friendly against Arsenal (which was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions), the player came on as a substitute for the injured Matthew Le Tissier after 32 minutes. With time running out and 'Saints' trailing Sopuness had seen enough and substituted the substitute in the minute, Leeds went on to win and Matt Le Tissier later said: "He ran around the pitch like Bambi on ice, it really was very embarrassing to watch".

Top 50 worst Premier League players (FourFourTwo)

Ranking Ranking Ranking
Ranking Ranking
1 Ali Dia 11 Andrea Silenzi 21 Bruno Cheyrou 31 Lukas Jutkiewicz 41 Christian Poulsen
2 Savio 12 Djemba-Djemba 22 Mitroglou 32 Van der Meyde 42 Makoun
3 Taibi 13 Dundee 23 Rasiak 33 Chalkias 43 Agustín Delgado
4 Milton Núñez 14 Claude Davis 24 Grabbi 34 Meijer 44 Ahmed Musa
5 Altidore 15 Antonio Núñez 25 Gilberto 35 Sanogo 45 Squillaci
6 Junio Lewis 16 Boogers 26 Cort 36 Leacock 46 Tonev
7 Bebe 17 Boumsong 27 Marcelino 37 Piechnik 47 Jerkan
8 Bogarde 18 Albert Luque 28 Kozma 38 Kingson 48 Roque Junior
9 Stepanovs 19 Ricky van Wolfswinkel 29 Akinbiyi 39 Cornelius 49 Salif Diao
10 Balaban 20 Brolin 30 Jardel 40 Jo 50 Falcao


Dia was released by Southampton two weeks into his contract and it was later discovered that the player was unrelated to Weah and Souness had been duped.

The list also features many named to have graced LaLiga such as Radamel Falcao (Atleti), Bogarde (Barcelona), Bebe (Rayo Vallecano), Van Wolfswinkel (Betis) and Jozy Altidore (Villarreal) along with Spaniards Albert Luque, Marcelino and Antonio Núñez.