Premier League teams are already planning their moves as the summer transfer window draws nearer in an effort to outsmart their competitors and complete their business as quickly as possible. An impending window, though, offers the possibility to examine individuals who were previously brought in but did not perform up to par.
Some of the season’s best additions include Erling Haaland, Lisandro Martinez, and Sven Botman, all of whom have prospered since joining the Premier League. However, there have also been a lot of acquisitions that have failed, which teams are hoping are just experiencing adjustment problems rather than wasting transfer money.
Check out the 9 flops who will be hoping to make a comeback next season.
Chelsea thought to have hit the jackpot when they paid £47.5 million to sign Raheem Sterling away from Manchester City in the midst of their spending binge. However, the England international has become a shell of his former self, and the winger’s future depends on Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment.
It was implied by the plot of Mykhaylo Mudryk’s transfer to Chelsea that he would struggle after moving there in January. The international player for Ukraine has shown promise on the few instances that he has been given a chance, but he needs a significant confidence boost to get his advancement strategy back on track.
Marc Cucurella has been terribly out of place ever since moving for £63 million from Brighton to Chelsea, despite interest from City. Recent boos from the crowd imply that supporters have lost faith in the Spaniard and that his time at the club is running out.
Kalidou Koulibaly, who was once regarded as one of the best central defenders in Europe while playing for Napoli, has shown that the Premier League is a completely different beast. The Senegal international has struggled with the tempo and ferocity of the English top division and has since joined Chelsea as a bench warmer; a trip back to Italy beckons.
Richarlison’s first season at Tottenham has been significantly impacted by VAR, which has cost him several crucial goals. In any case, the Brazilian international appears a little out of place in north London, and his confidence has been severely shaken.
Anthony Gordon was acquired by Newcastle for £43 million in January after a protracted transfer controversy, yet if his cameos are any indication, he will find it difficult to justify that price. The Magpies have done a great job recruiting since they took control, but the 22-year-old’s signing felt hasty, and he has had trouble cracking Eddie Howe’s starting lineup.
The Brazilian winger has plenty of Samba flare, but Old Trafford is quickly growing concerned about his lack of results.
After Jack Grealish, Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, and Chelsea’s most recent acquisition, Mykhailo Mudryk, Antony is the fifth-most expensive player in British football history, according to reports that United executives have secretly admitted to overpaying for him.
Anthony is referred to as a flop because of how one-dimensional he is. Everyone is aware of what he will do when he receives the ball
The £64 million striker has scored 15 goals for Liverpool this season across all competitions, but Anfield wants more from Darwin Nunez.
The Uruguayan has undoubtedly had his moments on Merseyside. Nunez has clearly shown promise with 15 goals throughout all competitions.
It’d be foolish to write off the 23-year-old, or indeed any player, after just 11 months at a new club in a new country, but whether he’ll actually do it is another story. As a Liverpool player, Nunez’s future is still very much up in the air.
After his struggles in front of goal, Weghorst’s five-month loan at Old Trafford is unlikely to turn into a permanent arrangement.
The six-foot-six-inch Holland international played in 27 games for Erik ten Hag, but after scoring nine goals for Besiktas in the first half of the season, he failed to score for them in the Premier League.