(Original post by J4GGYBoss)
Forlan - Man utd.
If you think it's Forlan then you know nothing about football apart from the media's crap.
He was bought for £7 million, I think
, so not a large amount (Andy Cole, excellent player but starting to pass his peak, was sold that month for not much less). He wasn't given a chance all season, only coming on for minutes at the end of the game. Even the very best players are unlikely to score much in those circumstances.
The following season he started getting more chances. His sub apperances were more succesful and included two fairly late equalisers in consecutive games (if United had lost those two games their title chances were gone). He also scored a few other important goals including a brace against Liverpool (vital win) and winner against Chelsea in the closing minutes. So not a great number of goals, but bloody vital ones. He made as important a contribtution to that title winning team as Scholes and Van Nistelrooy did.
Then the season after that (03-04) van Nistelrooy was injured so Forlan was given his chance and was able to string some games together. He went on a goal streak scoring in four or five consecutive games (including a superb volley in the Champions League) but van Nistelrooy comes back and he's made to sit on the bench again. Leaving him out of the FA cup final squad was disgraceful and a great lack of respect. He was unfairly treated by both the media and, to an extent, his own club.
He was worth every single penny, and then some. He is a quality player. You don't win the European Golden boot (as he did in his first season in Spain after leaving Manchester United) by being a crap player. His international record wasn't too bad either. A hat tick against Brazil sticks out in my mind.
People and the media got on his back because he played for Manchester United. Anyone who is not a sheep and looks beyond this realises he is a quality player.
(Original post by NDGAARONDI)
Ali Dia - Southampton.
Although I'd disqualify him, given his one appearence (what was it? 30 minutes?). He went to Gateshead (not far from me) after Southampton and I think he only managed one goal there
then again, he probably only made a handful of appearences.