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Underwhelming XI: The worst signings of the Premier League 2017-18 season4 min read

Worst Signings Of The Premier League 2017-18

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Former Ajax midfielder Davy Klassen 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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

2 thoughts on “Underwhelming XI: The worst signings of the Premier League 2017-18 season

  1. Hector Bellerin should’ve made it, no Arsenal Players and they finished 6th is the writer an Arsenal fan? 😛

    1. Hi Nikhil, You’ve got me, I am an Arsenal fan. The reason why Bellerin didn’t make team was due to the fact that he wasn’t signed last summer, unlike the other players in the team. I do agree with you on the point that Arsenal had a poor season yet I believe that no player that they signed in the summer was poor enough to make it to this team. Cheers.

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