Eric Djemba-Djemba had a funny career. How did he manage to make a Manchester United appearance? He looked more suited to Sunday League than the Theatre of Dreams. St Mirren fans know that more than most, as they got to see the midfielder first hand.
He’ll ultimately go down as one of United’s worst ever players, having been signed by former Buddie Sir Alex Ferguson in 2003. 11 years on from that dream move though, he found himself in Paisley.
That’d be easier than emulating Roy Keane right? Nope, and the midfielder did his best to prove it.
Signing someone who once caught the eye of a legendary boss should get you buzzing. By the end of Djemba-Djemba’s brief Paisley stint, fans were glad the nightmare was over.
Djemba-Djemba seen his career fade in Paisley
For the limited ability he clearly had, the Cameroon native made a decent career for himself. Spells at Burnley, Aston Villa and Qatar SC followed on from his United move, before he moved to Odense in Denmark.
He salvaged some part of his credibility, playing well in spells over a four year period in Denmark. He made over 100 appearances for Odense, where he made a Europa League start against Motherwell.
Djemba-Djemba was decent for them. Poorer spells at Hapoel Tel Aviv and Partizan Belgrade brought him to Paisley.
The midfielder had potential to be good, his Odense spell showing he could perhaps perform at Premiership level. His Saints debut against Dundee United made it clear that this was a terrible idea for everyone involved.
His next couple of appearances weren’t exactly great either. Djemba-Djemba was seemingly incapable of having a decent game, with his performances riddled with errors. He left the club after some truly harrowing appearances.
After this horror showing the ex-Red Devil has sunk as low as amateur football in Switzerland. His Paisley spell ended his hopes of moving up the football ladder.
After starring early in his career, Djemba-Djemba turned into a sorry excuse of a footballer. He made a living out of it though, so you can’t fully label him a flop.
St Mirren can always say they played a part in the weird career that Djemba-Djemba had.