There are two ways a transfer could affect your club, either positively or negatively. This article is about the latter, not only that but also making a starting line-up of the players who underperfomed this season in the Premier League.
Goalkeeper: Joe Hart – Loan (Manchester City to West Ham)
West Ham have decided against signing Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the summer. (Source: Metro) pic.twitter.com/uXMVAYiyJU
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) April 26, 2018
The story of Joe Hart is a rather tragic one, from winning three Premier League gloves and being Englands no. 1 in the past decade to being snubbed by Manchester City as well as England’s World Cup squad. The 31-year old stopper made 19 appearances for the club and managing to keep only 4 clean sheets.
Centre Back – Victor Lindelöf – £31.50 million (Benfica to Manchester United)
With the signing of the 23-year old defender, there was a promise of overhauling Manchester United’s defensive problems, but it was not to be as the Swedish International got to play only 17 matches and did not earn a place as a regular starter. The errors Lindelof made and the indecisiveness was enough to leave the £32m defender out of Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven.
Centre Back – Kevin Wimmer- £17.46 million (Tottenham Hotspur to Stoke City)
Kevin Wimmer. Pound for pound the worst Stoke City signing of all time ?? #scfc
— poc (@peteoconn) May 25, 2018
Stoke have had a horrendous season and an even more terrible defensive record with 68 goals (League highest) conceded in 38 matches. They got relegated and Wimmer could not do anything about it, playing only 17 of the 38 matches and failing to make an impact that his £18m price tag would have suggested.
Centre-Back – Jairo Riedewald – £8.10 million (Ajax to Crystal Palace)
Sky Sports reckon three at the back for Palace, including Riedewald – but it looks like a flat back four of Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Dann and Van Aanholt. Riedewald to hold midfield perhaps. #cpfc
— Mark Ritson (@MarkRitson_TM) December 31, 2017
Another central defender in the line-up is Crystal Palace’s Jairo Riedewald, unlike most of the clubs on the bottom side of the table, Palace had a very good season finishing 11th in the League but Riedewald had barely any part to play in it, getting only 4 starts out of 38 games.
Defensive Midfielder – Tiémoué Bakayoko – £36 million (Monaco to Chelsea)
Sarri is 100% coming to Chelsea.
The problem is, he’s 60 years old and smokes more than Snoop Dogg.
Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a heart attack watching Bakayoko play.
— Cesc Fabulous (@LordArnaav) May 23, 2018
Perhaps one of the biggest letdowns of the season, Bakayoko joined Chelsea from Monaco as one of the brightest stars in the game. Soon, the French midfielder understood that the Premier League was very different from his previous league. While the 23-year old did play the majority of games, he was heavily criticized by the fans and pundits alike.
Centre Midfielder – Davy Klaassen – £24.30 million (Ajax to Everton)
Soren Lerby (Klaassen’s agent) tells ‘Algemeen Dagad’ (Dutch publication) Davy wants to fight for his chance at #Everton. Would you like to see Klaassen given more of a chance this season? #EFC pic.twitter.com/cqDEFlExsQ
— THE BLUE ROOM (@TheBlueRoomEFC) May 19, 2018
Former Ajax midfielder has had a very rough first season with Everton in the league. When he joined with a hefty £25m price tag, everyone expected him to be top-class from the start, but as it was not to be. The Dutch International only played 7 matches and failed to earn a place in the starting eleven.
Centre Midfielder – Renato Sanches – Loan (Bayern to Swansea)
Renato Sanches, winner of Young Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016, has been omitted from Portugal’s World Cup squad, having completely forgotten how to play football since moving to Swansea.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 18, 2018
When the news broke that one of the hottest prospects in world football, Renato Sanches would join Swansea on loan from a team like Bayern, it seemed like they had won the lottery even with a paying an insane £7.65m as the loan fee. It turned out to be one of the worst seasons for the 20-year old midfielder when he played only 12 matches while making no real contribution to the club.
Right Midfielder – Oliver Burke – £13.68 million (RB Leipzig to West Brom)
Another promising youngster goes to the Premier League, another promising youngster fails to fulfill his potential. Playing in just 15 matches for the relegated team, Burke disappointed the fans who were so eager to watch him play. The £14m price tag doesn’t help either.
Left Midfielder – Gylfi Sigurðsson – £44.46 million (Swansea to Everton)
🇮🇸 Congratulations to Gylfi Sigurdsson who has been called up to Iceland’s 23 Man Squad for the World Cup pic.twitter.com/PHsWyx8PrK
— The Toffee Blues (@EvertonNewsFeed) May 21, 2018
Everton’s record signing, Gylfi Sigurðsson played 27 matches scoring 4 goals and creating 3. The 28-year old didn’t necessarily have a really poor season but his £45m transfer fee seemed to be excess, even more so after this underperforming season who had much better stats the season before but he still has the fans on his side.
Striker – Fernando Llorente – £13.59m (Swansea to Tottenham Hotspur)
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) May 21, 2018
The 33-year old striker joined Spurs on a £14m deal as a backup striker to Harry Kane. Llorente played 16 matches for the club scoring just a single goal, which is considered extremely poor by any standard. He later lost his place to Erik Lamela (who is not even a striker) and was a forgotten man in the Spurs squad.
Striker – Álvaro Morata – £59.40 million (Real Madrid to Chelsea)
Thing’s what @Chelsea could get with Morata + £40M ;
1. Icardi’s shoe
2. Icardi’s underwear
3. Icardi’s empty shampoo bottle
— Škricardi (@Dunia_Interisti) May 25, 2018
Chelsea’s big money move for a supposed world-class striker turned from sweet to extremely sour really fast as the 25-year old started his campaign strong by netting 10 goals in his first 16 matches in the Premier League and then scoring only 1 in his remaining 15 matches, his poor run of form got him a place on the bench as he was gradually replaced by their new striker Olivier Giroud. The £60m paid for Morata doesn’t seem like a really good deal for Chelsea as of now.