Billions of pounds were spent in the summer transfer window. The world transfer record was broke yet again. Not only players moved clubs as many managerial changes took place as well. Some moves have worked, some have not.
We identify the top ten summer transfer flops in the Premier League, players who have either failed to perform or have not justified their price tag.
It was transfer deadline day, and Everton were expected to complete a deal for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko. The Frenchman was on his way to Goodison before Tottenham swooped in at the last minute to secure his signature for a whopping £30m. Many were perplexed by the move as Sissoko had been such an inconsistent performer with the Magpies. Games of brilliance were usually overshadowed by matches where you wouldn’t even know he was on the pitch.
Yet to score or register an assist since his move to North London, Sissoko is not good enough for Tottenham, and he never will be. Mauricio Pochettino has dropped the midfielder in recent games as his form is not good enough. It’s hard to see Sissoko justifying his £30m price tag anytime soon.
What were West Ham thinking when they decided to bring Simone Zaza in on loan from Juventus? Famed for his horror penalty at Euro 2016, Zaza’s deal also included a clause which meant the Hammers must purchase him after a set amount of games. Eager to make sure that requirement isn’t met, Zaza will likely be offloaded in January.
The Italian is yet to score a goal for Slaven Bilic’s side. He has shot accuracy of just 22% this season which has contributed to him not yet finding the net since leaving Italy. With Valencia and Napoli interested in the forward, West Ham must quickly find a suitor to avoid a £20m bill if Zaza plays 14 games this season.
Another player who has failed to have any impact at his loan club is Enner Valencia. The West Ham forward was seemingly set for a move to Swansea before the Toffees completed a late loan deal to with a view to a permanent switch. Valencia would provide competition in the forward position to Romelu Lukaku and Oumar Niasse.
However, he has played just 318 minutes of football under Ronald Koeman, all from the bench. With Lukaku scoring for fun, it’s hard to see where Valencia gets into the side. If the Belgian was to get injured, Valencia might be an option, but it’s becoming evident that a move for the Ecuadorian was the last option.
Pep Guardiola just can’t seem to get it right at Manchester City. For all of their attacking prowess, their backline isn’t good enough. The signing of John Stones has not helped, but the addition of Claudio Bravo in place of Joe Hart has contributed to the Citizens’ poor defensive record. While Bravo may distribute the ball better than Hart, he is a liability in between the sticks.
The Chilean has kept just two clean sheets in 12 appearances in the league – Jordan Pickford is the only keeper in the league to have kept less in the same amount of games. Guardiola’s experiment using a sweeper keeper has clearly failed and must address the issue in the January transfer window otherwise, Bravo will continue to cost City vital points in the race for the title.
Belgian forward, Michy Batshuayi, has failed to make any impact following his £33m move from Marseille. The striker has made nine appearances, all from the bench, and has found the majority of his game time with the U23 development squad.
The 23-year-old clearly has potential but his £150,000 per week wages suggest he should be playing more first-team football. However, the form of Diego Costa has kept Batshuayi on the bench. A loan move in January could be the right move for the Belgian international to keep his hopes of a career at Chelsea alive.
Buying a player who impressed in the Eredivisie is always risky business. While moves for the likes of Luis Suarez have paid off, countless others have failed to make the grade when swapping the Netherlands for England. Vincent Janssen scored 27 goals in the Dutch league last year but has struggled at Tottenham.
The £17m signing could not fill the void left by Harry Kane when he was injured, and Tottenham’s form dipped as a result. Janssen has scored just one goal in 13 appearances – a penalty against Leicester – and has frustrated Spurs fans by missing chance after chance. With Kane back in form, Janssen has no chance of breaking into the side based on his past performances.
Bournemouth raided Liverpool in the summer transfer window, completing deals for Brad Smith and Jordon Ibe. The English winger was once highly rated at Anfield and was set for a rise to the top similar to Raheem Sterling. However, he couldn’t force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and was shipped to the Cherries for £15m.
Liverpool will be happy with their business as Ibe has struggled since his move. The 21-year-old is yet to score or register an assist for his new side since making a move from Merseyside. He has a shot accuracy of just 20%; the worst of Bournemouth’s attackers. Though he may look like an expensive failure, Ibe has time on his side to turn it around.
Many fans questioned Wilfried Bony’s decision to leave Swansea for Manchester City as it seemed that the Ivorian had accepted the role as back up to Sergio Aguero. After 46 appearances for the Citizens, he found himself surplus to requirements following the arrival of Guardiola.
Stoke signed the forward on a temporary basis and went seven games without a goal at the start of his career with the Potters. He finally ended his drought with a brace against former side Swansea but now finds himself behind Jonathan Walters in the pecking order. Reports suggest that Bony has a clause in his contract with enables Chinese clubs to sign him in January which could be an option that City looks to exercise.
Few would have heard of Atletico striker Borja Baston at the start of the summer before Swansea broke their transfer record to sign the forward for £15m. On loan at Eibar last season, Borja scored 18 goals in La Liga, prompting the Swans to bring the forward to Wales.
However, he has arguably been the worst signing of the season. Just one goal in seven appearances highlights his ineffectiveness up top where he has created just one chance. He has already been linked with a move back to Spain with Valencia interested in ending his nightmare in the Premier League.
Arsenal beat Everton to the signing of Deportivo striker, Lucas Perez, this summer by securing the 28-year-old’s signature for £17m. Perez hit 17 goals in La Liga this season and was brought in to ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud – Arsenal’s only recognised striker.
However, Arsene Wenger has preferred to use Alexis Sanchez in the centre-forward role, where has scored 11 goals already. Perez has had just 91 minutes of Premier League action but has impressed in the Champions League and EFL Cup when given a chance. With Arsenal not keen to use the striker, he would be an asset to any club on loan in January.
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