Jack Collison admitted he was baffled when West Ham signed Savio Nsereko in 2009, describing the striker as ‘bloody useless’, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday, April 1st).
The Hammers signed the now 30-year-old from Italian side Brescia for a fee believed to be worth £9 million (The Telegraph).
Savio really struggled in east London, however. He was clearly just not cut out for the Premier League.
It could actually be argued that he wasn’t even good enough for League One!
The former Germany under 20 international played 11 games in all competitions for West Ham, and he failed to score a single goal (Transfermarkt).
His time in east London was short-lived
Savio was quickly moved on. He was sold to Fiorentina just five months after joining the Hammers.
And Collison suggested that the 30-year-old was one of the strangest signings that West Ham have ever made, when speaking on the West Ham Way podcast last night (Wednesday, April 1st):
“Savio, that’s an incredible story. It would be interesting to get to the bottom of that. He turned up, I think he was our record signing at the time, I think they have given him the number 10 shirt. Poor kid. He was bloody useless wasn’t he. He struggled.”
Savio has played for 14 different clubs since leaving West Ham. And he is still only 30!
The striker is clearly a trier. But he never should have been signed for the Hammers. That much is certain.