Every club seemingly makes transfer mistakes, signing players that come with lots of promise, but ultimately flop during their tenure at the club.
Reading are a side that have made a number of transfer mistakes over the years, and we’ve decided to look at the worst Royals signings in the last five years.
The writers here at FLW issue their verdicts….
The midfielder was one of Reading’s most recent flops, with Mutch failing to make an impact during the second-half of last season.
Mutch arrived at the Madejski Stadium in January, with Jaap Stam hoping he could help guide Reading to the Premier League.
However, in nine appearances, he simply wasn’t good enough to aid Reading’s promotion push.
What a waste of time.
Perhaps there have been worse players in terms of talent but in terms of underwhelming no-one comes close to the Dutchman.
As a youngster he was tipped as the next big thing and Real Madrid took a punt on that with him possessing explosive pace. He decided, however, that football clearly wasn’t worth the effort and his time at Reading soon proved to be a damp squib.
It should be no surprise that he is pursuing a rap career and has retired from football already.
Royston Drenthe – the man who went from Real Madrid to Reading.
The Dutch winger had a rapid career decline and was said to be on a huge wage whist at the Madejski Stadium. Despite starting well and producing some fine performances, things went downhill quickly.
Drenthe fell out with Nigel Adkins, was sent to train with the reserves and had a very questionable attitude – all whilst picking up this mind-boggling salary.
He was an expensive mistake.