Halloween came early last night when we asked Twitter who Sunderland’s worst ever January buy was. The trip down memory lane was far from a pleasant one, and the countdown continues as we move past the group stages.
First of all, here’s the results from last night.
Group 1 - Couldn't hit a barn door
Benjani (2010, loan) – 28%
Dame N'Doye (2016, loan) – 16%
Danny Graham (2013, £5m) – 32%
Rade Prica (2008, £2m) – 24%
A close run contest of some of Sunderland’s deadliest strikers. Fresh in the memory, Dame N’Doye was a clear loser (winner?) in this one. Rade Prica, famed for his debut goal and nothing else, was edged out by former Manchester City man Benjani, who will join Danny Graham in the next round.
Group 2 - Couldn't man mark Jozy
Wayne Bridge (2012, loan) – 16%
Sotirios Kyrgiakos (2012, loan) – 40%
Kader Mangane (2013, loan) – 28%
Tal Ben Haim (2009, loan) – 16%
Martin O’Neill didn’t have his finest hour in the January market at Sunderland, loaning Kyrgiakos and Bridge in his first year and Mangane in his second. Bridge’s recent celebrity-status hasn’t helped him, as the other two hapless hopefuls go through.
Group 3 - Couldn't do much
Matthew Kilgallon (2010, undisclosed) – 12%
Liam Bridcutt (2014, £3m) – 58%
Rory Delap (2006, free) – 14%
Anthony Stokes (2007, £2m) – 16%
A clear winner, current Leeds captain Bridcutt still faces a lot of fans frustrations from his time on Wearside. It was close between the other three, with Stokes’ off-field antics perhaps giving him the edge.
Group 4 - Couldn't remember
Kevin Cooper (2004, loan) – 6%
Talal El-Karkouri (2003, loan) – 9%
Calum Davenport (2009, loan) – 9%
Ignacio Scocco (2014, £3m) – 76%
Ironically, Scocco’s heavy defeat probably comes as a result of the most recognisable name in the group. While his contributions on the field were non-existent, he was by far the most recent to pull on a Sunderland shirt, leaving Wearside in 2014. In contrast, Cooper (apparently) made one appearance on loan in 2004, El-Karkouri played eight games in the ill-fated 2002-03 season and Davenport managed the same number in 2009.
There’s still all to play for in the race to be crowned Sunderland’s worst ever January signing.
Join us from 8pm tonight on Twitter @WeAreWearside for the highly anticipated quarter-finals, where the winner of each group will face a runner-up from another.
Here’s how it’s looking:
Liam Bridcutt vs Benjani
Sotirios Kyrgiakos vs Calum Davenport
Danny Graham vs Kader Mangane
Ignacio Scocco vs Anthony Stokes
Who is your money on?