With so much money spent last summer, there were always going to be some expensive transfer nightmares. It’s a little early to dismiss players as total duds, but here are the leading candidates so far.
Marko Arnautović - £23million
After Andy Carroll and André Ayew’s injury problems last season, West Ham needed to strengthen their strikeforce over the summer. The fans were pleased with Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández for £16million, but Arnautović for £23million? The Austrian is a gifted footballer, but his Stoke City record was 26 goals in 145 matches. With a big point to prove, Arnautović threw an elbow at Southampton’s Jack Stephens and got sent off. With 15 Premier League games played, West Ham’s record signing is yet to score.
Kelechi Iheanacho - £25million
In his 2 seasons at Manchester City, Iheanacho showed all the signs of being a natural young finisher. As back-up for Sergio Agüero, the Nigerian scored 21 goals 64 games. But when Gabriel Jesus arrived and stole the show, it was time for Iheanacho to move on. Leicester City looked like a decent fit but so far, it hasn’t worked out. After 9 Premier League appearances (7 off the bench), Iheanacho remains goalless. What’s worse, Demarai Gray has taken his place as Leicester’s young star.
Davy Klaassen - £23.6million
The Everton team is littered with transfer nightmares right now - Jordan Pickford for £25million, Michael Keane for £30million, Gylfi Sigurdsson for £45million. But the worst of all looks like Ajax’s Davy Klaassen for £23.6million. Despite scoring 35 goals in his last two Eredivisie seasons, the Dutchman has gone the way of Afonso Alves and Siem de Jong. You’ve got to feel sorry for Klaassen, however. It’s not his fault that Everton signed 4 Number 10s in one summer.
Victor Lindelöf - £30million
A few weeks ago, Lindelöf would have topped this list of transfer nightmares. But after a dodgy start at Manchester United, the Swedish defender is now finding his feet. José Mourinho’s change of formation is key. Lindelöf struggled against Real Madrid and Huddersfield alongside Chris Smalling in a back four. But on the right side of a back three, he looks more comfortable. The jury is still out, however.
Other potential transfer nightmares to consider:
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Arsenal to Liverpool - £35million
Nathan Ake – Chelsea to Bournemouth – £20million
Andre Gray – Burnley to Watford - £18.5million
Kevin Wimmer – Tottenham to Stoke - £18million
Wilfried Bony – Manchester City to Swansea - £12million