Sunday,December 4,2022

Top 10 Premier League Transfers that Flopped Big-Time

The transfer season provides the manager of the team with an influx of new talent that can bolster either part of the pitch for the team. Managers carefully analyze and calculate their requirements and then subsequently bid for the player most suited to their purposes. The new transfer can often hit the ground running and perform excellently, even better than what the management expected. Sometimes, bona fide stars from foreign leagues or domestic come into the club off of staggering amounts on transfer fees, and then perform deserving only a quarter of the amount.

Here we look at 10 players that had the most hype and money surrounding their transfer and failed to deliver.

 

10. Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven to Man Utd,  £25m)

Depay's Transfer Flopped Big TIme

Not many players have delivered performances that warranted in fans mangling with their Wikipedia page. That was the fate of Mephis Depay, when United fans edited his entry and anointed him “the worst player in the club”.

That may be overstepping the mark, but not a great deal has gone right for the expensive young Dutchman since he arrived at Old Trafford in his souped-up Rolls Royce last summer.

Accused of concentrating more on fast cars than goals and assists, Depay started brightly at Old Trafford before fading away into mediocrity.

9. Pedro (Barcelona to Chelsea, £19m)

Pedro's Transfer was Disappointing

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Pedro was an essential cog in the machine that was Barcelona, but he never seemed to get the appreciation he deserved. So, he packed his bags and moved up to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £19 million, in search of better pastures. Pedro showed signs of promise at the start of the season, after an assist in a game against West Brom, he was pretty much anonymous throughout the rest of the season.

In 23 further appearances, he has only found the net on two occasions and has become emblematic of Chelsea’s troubled campaign.

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8. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool, £32m)

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Benteke, Transfer Flop.

When it was announced that Liverpool bid £32 million for the Aston Villa star, it raised more than a few eyebrows. There was no doubt that Benteke was a very talented forward with the pace, strength and skill to be a major threat in the box. But, his consistency always got the better of him.

All strikers are judged on goals and, in this regard, £32m Benteke has been a disappointment to the Anfield faithful.

He has scored seven goals in 28 outings for the Liverpool to date and plenty have already concluded that the Belgian is another expensive failure.

7. Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia to Manchester City, £28.5m)

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Nicolas is an imposing figure in the defence, no thanks to his wacky haircut. If Otamendi has proven anything since his expensive arrival in the Premier League, it’s that Manchester City are still utterly reliant on Vincent Kompany to marshal their defence.

The Argentine has been unconvincing in quite a few matches in his debut season in England, especially without the Belgian colossus next to him.

6. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco to Chelsea, Loan)

Falcao's transfer to Chelsea

Radamel Falcao had an aura about him during his first transfer to Manchester United, an aura of an almost legendary player who would leave the opposition’s defense in pieces after he was done playing his game. The aura wavered quickly when Radamel Falcao failed to put in any significant performance throughout the entire league.

It came as a shock to many when Chelsea chose to loan in Falcao for a season and Chelsea felt that could coax the Lion to perform as he was capable of. That hasn’t come to pass. The Colombian scored just once before injuring his thigh at the start of November, sitting on the sidelined ever since.

To add insult to this injury, Falcao was then left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the knockout phase to make way for new signing Alexandre Pato.

5. Xherdan Shakiri ( Bayern Munich t0 Stoke City, £12m)

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Xherdan Shakiri was once dubbed the “Alpine Messi”, just putting it out there. After all, this was a major coup for a side that just got promoted to the Premier League in 2008 as they had signed a Champions League winner who had played previously for Inter and Bayern Munich.

The Swiss star has yet to prove his mettle at Britannia Stadium, failing to score a single goal and only registering one assist in his first 10 games. It was big news for Stoke as they had been recently promoted, it now seems that they could’ve utilized the money elsewhere to strengthen the team.

 

4. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa to Manchsester City, £8 million)

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The Aston Villa skipper, made his journey to the Emirates at a modest fee of £8 million, but it has been anything but a good transfer for the Manchester side. With just four league appearances under his belt — all as a substitute — Delph was nothing more than a James Milner replacement, so that City could fill their homegrown players requirement. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll rack up the same number of appearances that he did at Villa, where he appeared 57 times in the last two league seasons.

 

3. Florian Thauvin (Marseille to Newcastle,  £12m)

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You know it has been a  poor signing, when its only been a season, and there are rumors of the player departing the club already. At 22 years old, the French prospect from Marseille, was expected perform better than Remy Cabella, who went the other way on loan as part of the deal, who failed to make a mark in England.But as of now, it looks like Thauvin’s Newcastle career trajectory will be exactly the same, as he has also failed to make an impact in the last season. Thauvin is yet to register a goal or an assist and has even recently found himself resigned to the bench as opposed to earlier in the season where he was starting games.

 

2. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea, £50 million)

fernando torres

Fernando Torres was a relentless goal machine at Anfield, and delivered performances that garnered praise from the fans as well as legends like Alan Shearer. Torres was an absolute legend in the making at Anfield, so much so, that the £50 million price tag seemed a bargain, because fans believed he was worth a lot more. Little did they know, that Torres would go on to Stamford Bridge and give rise to internet memes and jokes about his inaccurate strikes and general lackluster performances.

 

1. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City to Liverpool, £7m)

Liverpool v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League

You know there is something off when a club is ready to let go a World Cup winner for a meagre transfer fee of £7 million. However, this was the case of Mario Balotelli. The only man on this list who can be attributed to having picked a fight with then Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini. Balotelli  finally seems to be looking to end his hellish run at Anfield by agreeing a move to Nice after he was left out of the season’s plans by Jurgen Klopp.

The transfer season provides the manager of the team with an influx of new talent that can bolster either part of the pitch for the team. Managers carefully analyze and calculate their requirements and then subsequently bid for the player most suited to their purposes. The new transfer can often hit the ground running and perform excellently, even better than what the management expected. Sometimes, bona fide stars from foreign leagues or domestic come into the club off of staggering amounts on transfer fees, and then perform deserving only a quarter of the amount.

Here we look at 10 players that had the most hype and money surrounding their transfer and failed to deliver.

 

10. Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven to Man Utd,  £25m)

Depay's Transfer Flopped Big TIme

Not many players have delivered performances that warranted in fans mangling with their Wikipedia page. That was the fate of Mephis Depay, when United fans edited his entry and anointed him “the worst player in the club”.

That may be overstepping the mark, but not a great deal has gone right for the expensive young Dutchman since he arrived at Old Trafford in his souped-up Rolls Royce last summer.

Accused of concentrating more on fast cars than goals and assists, Depay started brightly at Old Trafford before fading away into mediocrity.

9. Pedro (Barcelona to Chelsea, £19m)

Pedro's Transfer was Disappointing

Pedro was an essential cog in the machine that was Barcelona, but he never seemed to get the appreciation he deserved. So, he packed his bags and moved up to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £19 million, in search of better pastures. Pedro showed signs of promise at the start of the season, after an assist in a game against West Brom, he was pretty much anonymous throughout the rest of the season.

In 23 further appearances, he has only found the net on two occasions and has become emblematic of Chelsea’s troubled campaign.

 

8. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool, £32m)

Benteke, Transfer Flop.

When it was announced that Liverpool bid £32 million for the Aston Villa star, it raised more than a few eyebrows. There was no doubt that Benteke was a very talented forward with the pace, strength and skill to be a major threat in the box. But, his consistency always got the better of him.

All strikers are judged on goals and, in this regard, £32m Benteke has been a disappointment to the Anfield faithful.

He has scored seven goals in 28 outings for the Liverpool to date and plenty have already concluded that the Belgian is another expensive failure.

7. Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia to Manchester City, £28.5m)

1364007330999-1

Nicolas is an imposing figure in the defence, no thanks to his wacky haircut. If Otamendi has proven anything since his expensive arrival in the Premier League, it’s that Manchester City are still utterly reliant on Vincent Kompany to marshal their defence.

The Argentine has been unconvincing in quite a few matches in his debut season in England, especially without the Belgian colossus next to him.

6. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco to Chelsea, Loan)

Falcao's transfer to Chelsea

Radamel Falcao had an aura about him during his first transfer to Manchester United, an aura of an almost legendary player who would leave the opposition’s defense in pieces after he was done playing his game. The aura wavered quickly when Radamel Falcao failed to put in any significant performance throughout the entire league.

It came as a shock to many when Chelsea chose to loan in Falcao for a season and Chelsea felt that could coax the Lion to perform as he was capable of. That hasn’t come to pass. The Colombian scored just once before injuring his thigh at the start of November, sitting on the sidelined ever since.

To add insult to this injury, Falcao was then left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the knockout phase to make way for new signing Alexandre Pato.

5. Xherdan Shakiri ( Bayern Munich t0 Stoke City, £12m)

xherdan-shaqiri-stoke-premier-league_3340808

Xherdan Shakiri was once dubbed the “Alpine Messi”, just putting it out there. After all, this was a major coup for a side that just got promoted to the Premier League in 2008 as they had signed a Champions League winner who had played previously for Inter and Bayern Munich.

The Swiss star has yet to prove his mettle at Britannia Stadium, failing to score a single goal and only registering one assist in his first 10 games. It was big news for Stoke as they had been recently promoted, it now seems that they could’ve utilized the money elsewhere to strengthen the team.

 

4. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa to Manchsester City, £8 million)

promo279552305

The Aston Villa skipper, made his journey to the Emirates at a modest fee of £8 million, but it has been anything but a good transfer for the Manchester side. With just four league appearances under his belt — all as a substitute — Delph was nothing more than a James Milner replacement, so that City could fill their homegrown players requirement. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll rack up the same number of appearances that he did at Villa, where he appeared 57 times in the last two league seasons.

 

3. Florian Thauvin (Marseille to Newcastle,  £12m)

florian-thauvin-newcastle_3406509

You know it has been a  poor signing, when its only been a season, and there are rumors of the player departing the club already. At 22 years old, the French prospect from Marseille, was expected perform better than Remy Cabella, who went the other way on loan as part of the deal, who failed to make a mark in England.But as of now, it looks like Thauvin’s Newcastle career trajectory will be exactly the same, as he has also failed to make an impact in the last season. Thauvin is yet to register a goal or an assist and has even recently found himself resigned to the bench as opposed to earlier in the season where he was starting games.

 

2. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea, £50 million)

fernando torres

Fernando Torres was a relentless goal machine at Anfield, and delivered performances that garnered praise from the fans as well as legends like Alan Shearer. Torres was an absolute legend in the making at Anfield, so much so, that the £50 million price tag seemed a bargain, because fans believed he was worth a lot more. Little did they know, that Torres would go on to Stamford Bridge and give rise to internet memes and jokes about his inaccurate strikes and general lackluster performances.

 

1. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City to Liverpool, £7m)

Liverpool v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League

You know there is something off when a club is ready to let go a World Cup winner for a meagre transfer fee of £7 million. However, this was the case of Mario Balotelli. The only man on this list who can be attributed to having picked a fight with then Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini. Balotelli  finally seems to be looking to end his hellish run at Anfield by agreeing a move to Nice after he was left out of the season’s plans by Jurgen Klopp.

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The transfer season provides the manager of the team with an influx of new talent that can bolster either part of the pitch for the team. Managers carefully analyze and calculate their requirements and then subsequently bid for the player most suited to their purposes. The new transfer can often hit the ground running and perform excellently, even better than what the management expected. Sometimes, bona fide stars from foreign leagues or domestic come into the club off of staggering amounts on transfer fees, and then perform deserving only a quarter of the amount.

Here we look at 10 players that had the most hype and money surrounding their transfer and failed to deliver.

 

10. Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven to Man Utd,  £25m)

Depay's Transfer Flopped Big TIme

Not many players have delivered performances that warranted in fans mangling with their Wikipedia page. That was the fate of Mephis Depay, when United fans edited his entry and anointed him “the worst player in the club”.

That may be overstepping the mark, but not a great deal has gone right for the expensive young Dutchman since he arrived at Old Trafford in his souped-up Rolls Royce last summer.

Accused of concentrating more on fast cars than goals and assists, Depay started brightly at Old Trafford before fading away into mediocrity.

9. Pedro (Barcelona to Chelsea, £19m)

Pedro's Transfer was Disappointing

Pedro was an essential cog in the machine that was Barcelona, but he never seemed to get the appreciation he deserved. So, he packed his bags and moved up to Stamford Bridge for a fee of £19 million, in search of better pastures. Pedro showed signs of promise at the start of the season, after an assist in a game against West Brom, he was pretty much anonymous throughout the rest of the season.

In 23 further appearances, he has only found the net on two occasions and has become emblematic of Chelsea’s troubled campaign.

 

8. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool, £32m)

Benteke, Transfer Flop.

When it was announced that Liverpool bid £32 million for the Aston Villa star, it raised more than a few eyebrows. There was no doubt that Benteke was a very talented forward with the pace, strength and skill to be a major threat in the box. But, his consistency always got the better of him.

All strikers are judged on goals and, in this regard, £32m Benteke has been a disappointment to the Anfield faithful.

He has scored seven goals in 28 outings for the Liverpool to date and plenty have already concluded that the Belgian is another expensive failure.

7. Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia to Manchester City, £28.5m)

1364007330999-1

Nicolas is an imposing figure in the defence, no thanks to his wacky haircut. If Otamendi has proven anything since his expensive arrival in the Premier League, it’s that Manchester City are still utterly reliant on Vincent Kompany to marshal their defence.

The Argentine has been unconvincing in quite a few matches in his debut season in England, especially without the Belgian colossus next to him.

6. Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco to Chelsea, Loan)

Falcao's transfer to Chelsea

Radamel Falcao had an aura about him during his first transfer to Manchester United, an aura of an almost legendary player who would leave the opposition’s defense in pieces after he was done playing his game. The aura wavered quickly when Radamel Falcao failed to put in any significant performance throughout the entire league.

It came as a shock to many when Chelsea chose to loan in Falcao for a season and Chelsea felt that could coax the Lion to perform as he was capable of. That hasn’t come to pass. The Colombian scored just once before injuring his thigh at the start of November, sitting on the sidelined ever since.

To add insult to this injury, Falcao was then left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad for the knockout phase to make way for new signing Alexandre Pato.

5. Xherdan Shakiri ( Bayern Munich t0 Stoke City, £12m)

xherdan-shaqiri-stoke-premier-league_3340808

Xherdan Shakiri was once dubbed the “Alpine Messi”, just putting it out there. After all, this was a major coup for a side that just got promoted to the Premier League in 2008 as they had signed a Champions League winner who had played previously for Inter and Bayern Munich.

The Swiss star has yet to prove his mettle at Britannia Stadium, failing to score a single goal and only registering one assist in his first 10 games. It was big news for Stoke as they had been recently promoted, it now seems that they could’ve utilized the money elsewhere to strengthen the team.

 

4. Fabian Delph (Aston Villa to Manchsester City, £8 million)

promo279552305

The Aston Villa skipper, made his journey to the Emirates at a modest fee of £8 million, but it has been anything but a good transfer for the Manchester side. With just four league appearances under his belt — all as a substitute — Delph was nothing more than a James Milner replacement, so that City could fill their homegrown players requirement. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll rack up the same number of appearances that he did at Villa, where he appeared 57 times in the last two league seasons.

 

3. Florian Thauvin (Marseille to Newcastle,  £12m)

florian-thauvin-newcastle_3406509

You know it has been a  poor signing, when its only been a season, and there are rumors of the player departing the club already. At 22 years old, the French prospect from Marseille, was expected perform better than Remy Cabella, who went the other way on loan as part of the deal, who failed to make a mark in England.But as of now, it looks like Thauvin’s Newcastle career trajectory will be exactly the same, as he has also failed to make an impact in the last season. Thauvin is yet to register a goal or an assist and has even recently found himself resigned to the bench as opposed to earlier in the season where he was starting games.

 

2. Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea, £50 million)

fernando torres

Fernando Torres was a relentless goal machine at Anfield, and delivered performances that garnered praise from the fans as well as legends like Alan Shearer. Torres was an absolute legend in the making at Anfield, so much so, that the £50 million price tag seemed a bargain, because fans believed he was worth a lot more. Little did they know, that Torres would go on to Stamford Bridge and give rise to internet memes and jokes about his inaccurate strikes and general lackluster performances.

 

1. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City to Liverpool, £7m)

Liverpool v Chelsea - Barclays Premier League

You know there is something off when a club is ready to let go a World Cup winner for a meagre transfer fee of £7 million. However, this was the case of Mario Balotelli. The only man on this list who can be attributed to having picked a fight with then Manchester City boss, Roberto Mancini. Balotelli  finally seems to be looking to end his hellish run at Anfield by agreeing a move to Nice after he was left out of the season’s plans by Jurgen Klopp.

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