Is Dexter Blackstock Rotherham’s worst ever signing?

Following his post transfer-window move to Rotherham, Dexter Blackstock has turned himself into a hate figure with fans after a string of woeful performances and clear lack of effort.

The lack of impact has been doubly disappointing for the Millers to take owing to his reported £10,000 per week on a three-year deal, which meant he has hardly provided value for money.

Here’s a look at other Rotherham signings who did not deliver the goods over the last 15 years.

Jordan Bowery

The striker was signed from Aston Villa ahead of the 2014-15 for a then club-record fee of £250,000 and was supposed to lead Rotherham into an exciting new era. However, Bowery proved to be a total let down and the Millers got very little for their investment. Proving weak and lacking appetite for the challenge, the former Chesterfield man scored just six times in 44 appearances and was allowed to leave for nothing.

Paolo Vernazza

The former Arsenal player arrived at Millmoor in 2004 as a player with pedigree and was supposed to add more quality to the Championship Millers. However, the midfielder soon acquired the nickname ‘Vanessa’ after a string of lightweight performances in the 2004-05 horror season and will be best remembered for a comical own goal at Gillingham. He left the following season on loan and never returned.

Chris Maguire

Another player who arrived ahead of a Championship season with the intention of adding more quality, the former Sheffield Wednesday man was on the back foot immediately due to a distinct lack of fitness last season. He looked overweight and could barely complete a match and he didn’t last long, particularly after Steve Evans was sacked. He joined Oxford on loan just three months into a two-year deal and never returned.

Scott Allan

The scary thing to consider is that Rotherham tried to pay substantial cash for the Celtic loanee just 12 months before he arrived at New York Stadium on loan. One of Alan Stubbs’ summer signings, Allan has been an absolute disaster and has been so bad that his parent club have no interest in taking him back during the current January window.

Kelle Roos

Steve Evans expected us to believe that the rookie Derby goalkeeper was his first-choice signing ahead of the 2015-16 season, but that seemed impossible just four minutes into his debut against MK Dons after a shocking blooper. More followed as he was directly responsible for a number of goals and his season-long loan was cut short after just four games.

Tom Pope

The first instance of Tony Stewart putting his had in his pocket was to break the club-record fee to bring Crewe striker Tom Pope to the Millers for just over £150,000 in 2009. He came with baggage, with an assault charge hanging over him, and he struggled to live up to his fee. He scored just six goals in 59 appearances and after falling out of favour with Ronnie Moore joined Port Vale on loan.

 

 

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