Poll Result: Forget Mings – Carroll is most overpriced player


AFC Bournemouth may have smashed their transfer record to sign Tyrone Mings but Eddie Howe has got a relative bargain compared to some.

That is according to the latest Ladbrokes News poll, which showed that while some people feel the Cherries boss has overpaid for the 22-year-old there are an handful of managers who have done far worse.

We asked you to vote from our shortlist of big-money movers to let us know who was most overpriced and while Mings placed fifth out of six Andy Carroll won by a landslide.

The former Newcastle man is currently struggling to convinvce fans at West ham but it is his ill-fated move to Liverpool – for a staggering £35m – that saw him claim 47 per cent of the votes.

Second place was a draw between two struggling Spanish strikers of varying profile. Fernando Torres and Roberto Soldado picked up 16 per cent of the votes each.

The former was a £50m signing for Chelsea from the Reds and with just 20 goals from 110 Premier League games that price tag was far from justified.

Soldado is still at Tottenham, who paid £26m for his services, but unless there’s a sharp rise in the 16 goals from 76 games he has produced already he may not be there much longer.

Next on the voting was Fulham toward Ross McCormack with 13 per cent of the votes. The former Leeds man cost £11m but struggled to find his feet at Craven Cottage. However, a streak that saw him smash seven goals in the last seven games of the season means he could yet come good.

Then, with six per cent of the votes, was Mings who at 22-years-old could go on to prove a bargain at Dean Court – even for £8m.

And bringing up the rear despite being the British record signing at £59.7m and flattering to device at Old Trafford is Angel Di Maria.

The Argentine is firmly in the flop category at the moment but it seems there are plenty backing the former Real Madrid star to deliver, with just two per cent of the overall vote.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.