With £835 million spent in the summer transfer window, it was yet another influx of big signings and talented prospects. Big name signings like Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez have flourished while bargains such as Diafra Sakho have shined. However, there have been plenty of flop signings as well as we take a look at some of them.
Joining from Arsenal on a free transfer, the French international has only made 6 appearances in the Premier League so far. With Pablo Zabaleta ahead of him in the pecking order, Sagna seems to be a little rusty as well as whenever he has played, he hasn’t impressed and looks miles from the player he was while at the Gunners.
While he may win more trophies with Manuel Pellegrini’s side, one wonders why he decided to leave Arsenal right when they broke their trophy drought and could have pushed on for better things, especially with him as their starting right back.
West Bromwich Albion’s record signing at £10 million, the Nigerian international hasn’t impressed at all for the Baggies.
After scoring 33 league goals in 74 games for Dynamo Kyiv, Ideye has only managed one goal in 10 league games in the Premier League and considering he’s their biggest ever signing, the fact that he can’t even get in the starting eleven nowadays only further highlights how bad a signing he’s been.
What is there to say about the controversial Italian other than aside from the headlines, he is not even close to a valid replacement for Luis Suarez. While the Uruguayan chased the ball, putting his heart and soul into every game, Balotelli is lazy and expects the ball to come to him.
At £16 million, Liverpool fans expected better from a player who has shone in the Premier League before but with not a single league goal scored after 11 games, many have already been frustrated with the Italian who has found himself behind Rickie Lambert in the pecking order.
While he has scored 3 goals in 11 league games, it’s still not good enough for the Colombian who set the world on fire just a few years earlier.
Loaned in from Monaco for a £6 million fee, Falcao will have to do much more – especially fitness wise – if he expects Louis van Gaal to pay over £40 million more to make the deal permanent
When you pay £32 million for a defender, you expect him to be calm and composed on the ball even if it’s a debut season but Mangala has not shown that he is worth his fee at all.
While he is quick, strong and can be a presence, he has made many key errors which have cost City more than a few times this season while his positioning could use a lot of work. If he was signed for half the fee, maybe his performances would be more acceptable but for a player who cost more than Cesc Fabregas, City have definitely been hung dry by Porto.