Tuesday 20 March 2018

Five most disappointing Premier League signings of the season

Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini
Dani Osvaldo failed to make an impression following his move to Southampton last summer.
Mesut Ozil has struggled for form at the Emirates.
Erik Lamela has failed to live up to the pre-season hype.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel


With the conclusion of the Premier League less than a week a way, we assess the most disappointing signings of the season.

Dani Osvaldo

A £15m fee in the summer and the striker managed just 13 appearances for the Saints before making a January return to Serie A.

Noted for his off-the-field indiscretions – he punched former Roma team-mate Erik Lamela – he kept up his volatile reputation on the south coast and was suspended after an altercation with Jose Fonte.

The club will be hopeful that Juventus will take up the permanent option of the loan deal this summer.

Marouane Fellaini

Symbolic of all that was wrong with United this season, the Belgian looked sub-standard when he was fit enough to pull on the red jersey.

His transfer was rushed through at the last minute and it is difficult to see how the Belgian can resurrect his career at Old Trafford after such a difficult start in an area of the pitch where United desperately need improvement.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel

The Canaries are on the brink of relegation and the inability to score goals has been one of their many problems. £8.5m van Wolfswinkel was signed along with Celtic striker Gary Hooper, but the club has the joint-lowest goal scoring return in the league.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel is suffering from a toe injury

While Hooper has shown his ability on occasions, the Dutch striker has looked completely out of his depth with just one goal in 27 appearances and very little to show for the heavy investment.

Mesut Ozil

He was heralded as the marquee-signing the Gunners have been craving, a break from the normally conservative transfer policy adopted by Arsene Wenger, but Ozil has struggled after an eye-catching start to the Premier League.

The German international is undoubtedly one of the most gifted players in the league, but the former Real Madrid man has struggled badly since Christmas, with some observers claiming he should have been rested to help recapture his form.

Mesut Ozil has struggled for form recently

After a season in the English top-flight, the £42.5m signing will be expected to replicate the type of performances that made him one of the most accomplished playmakers in Europe.

Erik Lamela

Roberto Soldado and to a lesser extent Etienne Capoue can count themselves fortunate not to make the list, but considering we restricted the list to one player per club, Tottenham’s record signing gets the vote.

The £30m signing didn’t make his debut until the 6-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City and on a personal level things haven’t improved since then.

Expectation was high that the Argentinean could replace the huge void left by Gareth Bale, but after a series of injuries, just nine league appearances and rumours of unhappiness in London, Spurs fans will need a lot of convincing that he will a reminder of lavish spending by former boss Andre-Villas Boas.

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