5 Aston Villa Strikers Who Failed to Make the Grade After Being Signed for Big Money

It was announced last week that Aston Villa's floundering striker Ross McCormack will join Melbourne City on short-term loan deal. Last summer it was hoped that the Scot could score the goals that would help fire Villa straight back to the Premier League, and the club paid £12m for his services. However, McCormack has endured a torrid time at Villa Park and has netted on just three occasions. As a result, he could well be remembered as one of the worst strikers that Villa have ever purchased....

Bosko Balaban

Quite possibly Villa's most infamous signing ever.

 

Balaban enjoyed a distinguished career in Europe and scored goals in Croatia and Belgium.

 

But his two-and-a-half year stint at Villa was a nightmare, having cost the club nearly £6m in 2001.

 

Balaban only ever made nine appearances for Villa and failed to net a single goal, despite being one of the highest paid players in the squad.

Stan Collymore

Collymore moved to his boyhood club for £7m in 1997, which at the time was Villa's most expensive transfer ever.

 

However, due to poor form and off the field problems his Villa career never really took off.

 

He managed just 15 goals in three-and-a-half years with the club, before being allowed to leave in 2000.

Nicklas Helenius

Having scored goals in his native Denmark, Villa hoped they were signing one of Europe's up and coming strikers in 2013.

 

However, Helenius failed to ever really force his way into the first team plans at Villa Park and only ever made six appearances in a claret and blue shirt.

 

After one year in the Premier League, Helenius returned on loan to his former side Aalborg, where he signed permanently a year later.

Marlon Harewood

Villa paid £4m for Harewood in 2007, but he failed to ever oust John Carew and Gabby Agbonlahor from the Villa starting XI.

 

As a result, the striker was loaned to Wolves and Newcastle during his time with the Midlands club, before leaving permanently in 2010.

Libor Kozak

Kozak joined Villa with a big reputation from Italian side Lazio, where he had been the top goal scorer in the Europa League the year before.

 

Despite an encouraging start, his Villa career was blighted by injury, including a broken leg he suffered in training.

 

After missing 15 months, the Czech striker made his comeback in March 2015, but failed to regain his place in the Villa side.

 

After playing just seven matches in his last two years with the club, he was released in June 2017.

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