The January Transfer Window isn’t particularly one that polarizes opinion among managers; however just like every signing during this period the mid-season window has its doubters as does it have its fans.
Panic, pressure and desperation drive managers into taking calls they normally would think twice before taking. While the following signings may not particularly be bad calls yet, here is look at some of the flop mid-season signings in the past 4 seasons in England.
1. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Montpellier to Newcastle United)
Signed on in the January of 2013, Yanga-Mbiwa joined the Geordie French revolution at Newcastle. The Montpellier captain fresh off leading the not-so-fancied French outfit to a Ligue 1 triumph against all odds joined Newcastle United as a possible long-term replacement for club captain FabrizioCollocini, if only things panned out the way it should have. Yanga-Mbiwa never justified his £7 million transfer fee on Tyneside throughout his short stay at the club. With reasons including a language barrier and simply not adapting to the English game spoken about by the loyal Toon Army; their replacement for the dependable Collocini soon became someone the club wanted nothing to do with. For Yanga-Mbiwa a loan move away at AS Roma has seen him back in the Champions League and back to his best form as he looks to resurrect his career after a debacle on Tyneside.