We’re heading towards the halfway point of the Premier League season and everybody is starting to see which clubs have done well in the summer transfer window and which clubs have flopped miserably.
With that being said, this is the eleven of Premier League players who made big moves in the summer, but have had a nightmare at their new clubs:
1. GK – Joe Hart (West Ham)
Joe Hart’s two Premier League titles must feel like a lifetime ago now. The England keeper had a disastrous loan spell at Torino last season, conceding over 60 goals. The point of him going to the Olympic Stadium was to show Pep Guardiola what he’s missing and prove to Gareth Southgate he is England’s number one.
To say it’s not gone that way is an understatement. He’s played every game of a Hammers side which sits in the bottom three and has conceded 26 goals in 13 games.
Hart has made some clangers along the way, such as flapping Richarlison’s average shot into the net at Watford and allowing goals in, which by his high standards he should arguably save.
Fair to say Pep Guardiola doesn’t regret letting Hart go.
2. RB – Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham)
Pablo Zabaleta was another player, who despite being part of two title winning teams for Man City, Guardiola made it clear that he was happy to let him go. In hindsight, it certainly wasn’t a bad choice at all.
For a club like West Ham who are looking to progress to the next level, signing a 32-year-old past his prime doesn’t send a good message.
Zabaleta has struggled in a defence which has leaked goals for fun and has offered the Hammers nothing going forward, so it’s no wonder they’ve only won two games with an ageing defence that looks as if it’s been brought in to sell shirts rather than get points.
3. CB – Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea)
With John Terry’s Chelsea career coming to an end in the summer, Chelsea sought Antonio Rudiger as a potential replacement. At £29m, there was a lot of expectation on the German centre back’s shoulders and he simply hasn’t lived up to the hype.
Rudiger was poor in defeats against Burnley and Man City and his performances in the Champions League was nothing short of shambolic.
At 24, there’s plenty of time for the big German to improve, but even then Antonio Conte would have expected better for a player who came to Stamford Bridge with a big reputation.
4. CB – Victor Lindelof (Manchester United)
A £31m signing from Benfica, big things were expected of the Swedish defender. United fans must have been mortified when, as soon as he came on against Huddersfield, the Red Devils back four fell apart and Lindelof played a huge role in the Terriers winning goals before yet another error against Newcastle, albeit in victory.
He’s also struggled in the EFL Cup and Champions League, and simply hasn’t looked comfortable in United’s defence, with the team having have lost in three of the four games he’s played in.
Yes, there is time for him to turn it around, but he will have to improve quickly before Jose Mourinho does what he did with Lukaku and De Bruyne and runs out of patience with him and sells him.
5. LB – Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Jurgen Klopp looked as if he had finally fixed Liverpool’s problems in the left-back position when he spent £10m on Andy Robertson, but the Scot has pretty much been frozen out after the improvement of Alberto Moreno.
In the games he has played, all three of them, he has impressed, but when you can’t get ahead of a player who lost his place to James Milner last season, Robertson be happy.
Like Antonio Rudiger, Robertson is still a young player and at 23 has plenty of time to play a big role at Anfield, but after a bright start, it’s all fizzled out in limp fashion.
6. RM – Jacob Murphy (Newcastle)
Could be easily forgotten, but Newcastle did in fact pay Norwich £15m for his services and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the youngster, who regarded the transfer as a dream move.
However, the 22-year-old has made just three Premier League appearances in slow season for the Magpies and the big money move now looks a bit pointless.
Like many players on this list, there is plenty of time for the youngster to make an impact, but in a Newcastle side on the back of four straight losses how much longer can they wait for the ex-Norwich man to make an impact?
7. CM – Glyfi Sigurdsson (Everton)
A lot of eyebrows were raised when Everton paid Swansea a club record £45m for Gylfi Sigurdsson, but to say he hasn’t looked like he’s worth it is an understatement.
In an Everton side which has looked lost since the departure of Romelu Lukaku, Sigurdsson was intended to offer real flair and creativity in midfield, but things have sunk so low that he’s even playing as a striker, having mustered a solitary Premier League goal in the 4-1 hammering at Southampton.
A supposed dream move for a boyhood Everton fan, Sigurdsson has been one example of a disastrous season for the Toffees, that begun with a dreadful transfer window.
The price tag on the Icelandic midfielder’s head was ridiculous, and he’s done very little on the pitch to make fans and pundits to think otherwise.
8. CM – Davy Klaassen (Everton)
There were high hopes for Davy Klaassen at Goodison Park after the Dutchman captained a talented Ajax side to last season’s Europa League final, but those hopes have not been met.
Klaassen is another Toffees player who has made literally no impact on Merseyside and must be wondering why he left Amsterdam for a relegation battle.
Klaassen has appeared just four times in the Premier League and his lack of impact has shown just how poor Everton’s transfer window really was.
9. LM – Marko Arnautovic (West Ham)
Even after a stellar few years at Stoke, many people were surprised when West Ham splashed out a club record £20m on Arnautovic.
The Austrian’s best moments have only come against lower league opposition in the EFL Cup, whilst in the Premier League he has contributed quite literally nothing to the cause as the team have struggled week after week.
His only meaningful contribution of any kind was a sending off against Southampton in August and rumours of a bad attitude behind the scenes has only made the transfer look worse.
Slaven Bilic brought him in as someone to add a bit of flair that was missing when Dimitri Payet left, but all Arnautovic has added is over-aggression, over-playing and not much else as he has only helped them into the bottom three.
10. ST – Wayne Rooney (Everton)
Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton 13 years after leaving for Manchester United was supposed to be the ultimate homecoming, but instead it’s been a nightmare.
It started well with two goals in the first two games, but ever since then, his lack of fitness, loss of form and inability to be a regular goalscorer, have contributed to Everton’s slow but sure demise.
Ronald Koeman thought Rooney’s experience could fill the gaping hole left by Romelu Lukaku, but instead it’s epitomised how badly Everton’s summer transfer really was.
11. ST – Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester)
Leicester fans were excited at the prospect of Kelechi Iheanacho forming a blistering partnership with Jamie Vardy after some quality displays for Man City in the last two seasons, but instead the Nigerian is yet to score or assist a league goal this season and his only strike came in the League Cup.
Leicester have proved to be an inconsistent force as their season has failed to get started and they hope that the huge £25m can finally make the impact many fans thought he would from the off.
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