Date:Wednesday June 24 2009
This week, Vital Colchester counts down all things U`s. Today, we look at the club`s top five players considered bad value for money.
This being a selling club supreme, the records since formation in 1937 betray a distinct lack of permanent signings, until the club entered the Championship. This is reflective in the list, as all five candidates for the club`s worst investments of all time were signed by previous manager, Geraint Williams.
5) Bela Balough - Defender, loan, with £250,000 by-up option, MTK Hungaria.
The Hungarian international definer singed after a protracted agreement to bring him to England on laon. He had already failed a trail with West Bromwich Albion but eventually joined for a season with a view to a permanent transfer, somewhere in the region of £250,000.
Asked if he was going to sign the player after pre-season ties against Heybridge Swifts and Bromley, ex-manager Geraint Williams famously said he was unsure because he hadn`t seen the him actually do any defending.
After a difficult transfer - his on-off arrival was due to language difficulties according to ex Chief Executive Marie Partner and at one point the deal was deemed dead - Balugh finally agreed the switch following trials.
His time in England didn`t improve however, as Balugh broke his nose twice while with the U`s, also failing to establish himself in United`s squad having waited until October 2007 to make a full debut.
4) Chris Coyne - Defender, £350,000 from Luton Town.
Although Coyne was hailed by Vital Football as a new iron man when he transferred from Luton eighteen months ago for what was then a record fee paid by the U`s, he has since turned out to be very lily-livered indeed.
Despite being made skipper last summer after the departure of Karl Duguid last summer, Coyne`s on-field duties were soon passed over to Dean Hammond.
Coyne`s international rise in Australian colours has been tempered with his decline at Colchester, where the defender has had a dubious injury record and was replaced last season by short-term loanee Neil Trotman from Preston.
The stand-in hadn`t played all season but automatically displaced Coyne at United.
Ever since, Coyne has been linked with a return home, which he himself has admitted is more than likely.
Date:Wednesday June 24 2009
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