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.
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)
|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.