From Mario Balotelli to Wilfried Zaha: 20 footballers looking unhappy at signing for new clubs

Mario Balotelli could be heading out of the door at AC Milan.
Not so Super Mario Balotelli had a tough time at Liverpool. Image Valerio Pennicino

Last minute transfer deals have been known to catch football fans out every now with deadline day deals increasingly commonplace in the mad, bad world of the Premier League.

From Andre Santos arriving at Arsenal to Liverpool shelling out £30 million for Andy Carroll, these moves are always a little on the crazy side and can often not only catch supporters out but the very player involved.

Having previously assumed they would spend the season with their respective club, these players find themselves suddenly surplus to requirements and being pushed out the door to any number of prospective teams.

As a result, a fair few of these professionals have often struggled to show any enthusiasm for the move ahead and the results are always amusing.

Here are 20 Premier League players, past and present, who looked unhappy during their official unveilings.


20

Aaron Lennon to Everton

Aaron Lennon signs for Everton

He arrived on loan with a face like a slapped arse.

 

19

Carl Jenkinson to West Ham

Carl Jenkinson signs for West Ham.

The perfect mix of fear and bemusement.

 

18

Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United

Wilfried Zaha unveiled by Manchester United.

Zaha was loving life at Old Trafford.

 

17

Shaquile Coulthirst to Southend

Shaquille Coulthirst signs for Southend from Tottenham,.

Shaq thought he deserved better than Southend and he got it – he’s now at Peterborough.

 

16

Michail Antonio to West Ham

Michail Antonio signs for West Ham.

Cheer up Michail, you’ll be a shoe-in for the England squad after this, honest!

 

15

Benik Afobe to MK Dons

Benik Afobe signs for MK Dons on loan.

Afobe doesn’t look to happy about moving to MK Dons on loan. Cant’ blame him…

 

14

Robinho to Manchester City

Robinho leaves Real Madrid for Manchester City.

Robinho was delighted to be leaving Real Madrid for Chel…sorry Manchester City.

 

13

Robert Huth to Leicester 

Robert Huth signs for Leicester from Stoke.

What’s the worst that could happen?

 

12

Mario Balotelli to Liverpool

Mario Balotelli signs for Liverpool.

What’s the worst that could happen?

 

11

Julien Faubert to Real Madrid

Julian Faubert signs for Real Madrid on loan.

Alfredo Di Stefano’s face says it all.

 

10

Jordi Cruyff to Manchester United

Jordi Cruyff signs for Manchester United.

In all fairness, Cruyff had just moved sunny Barcelona for rain-soaked Manchester.

 

9

James Tompkins to Crystal Palace

James Tompkins swaps West Ham for Crystal Palace.

When you pretend to smile but just end up looking deranged. 

 

8

Jaap Stam to Lazio

Jaap Stam signs for Lazio from Manchester United.

That’s why you don’t f*** with Fergie….

 

7

Emmanuel Frimpong to Barnsley

Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong signs for Barnsley.

There’s nothing ‘Dench’ about Barnsley…

 

6

Fabio to Queens Park Rangers

Fabio signs for QPR

Fancy swapping a Premier League title race for a relegation dogfight? Of course you do…

 

5

Dedyck Boyata to Celtic

Dedryck Boyata signs for Celtic.‘What do you mean permanently?!’

 

4

David Goodwillie to Aberdeen

David Goodwillie signs for Aberdeen.

Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.

 

3

Barry Bannan to Crystal Palace

Barry Bannan signs for Crystal Palace.

They are Premier League…for now…

 

2

Nicolas Anelka to West Bromwich Albion

Nicolas Anelka signs for West Brom.

Ah, Anelka at West Brom. So many memories. Well, one…

 

1

Andros Townsend to Newcastle United

Andros Townsend signs for Newcastle.

Looks like he’s been forced to issue a public apology for urinating on a nightclub dance floor.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.