The 2016-17 season saw a number of successful signings: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Leroy Sane, Marcos Alonso, Sadio Mane, and Gabriel Jesus, to name a few. But the same cannot be said for some of the others, who joined a new club but failed to make any significant impact. Follow Your Sport takes a look at the 10 worst signings in the Premier League this season.
The season started off at a high for the Foxes as they signed Ahmed Musa from CSKA Moscow. The forward made an immediate impact in his first game for Leicester, with a brace and looked like the best strike partner for Jamie Vardy. But Musa’s fairytale did not continue beyond the first game he played as he recorded just 4 more goals in the entire campaign.
This season was the one to forget for the Sunderland fans and players, who will be competing for the Championship next season. A certain Belgian who goes by the name of Adnan Januzaj was the biggest disappointment for the Wearsiders. The youngster, who was projected as the ‘next big thing’ by the English media, scored two goals in his debut against Sunderland in the David Moyes era, but the quality of his performances dwindled drastically later on. With loan spells at Dortmund, wherein he failed to rise to his earliest stature and a disappointing season at Sunderland, Januzaj spent most of his time on the bench owing to his performances and injuries.
Saido Berahino came out on top as he competed with Wilfried Bony for Stoke’s worst signing of the season. After finally getting the move he had been waiting for ages, he was nowhere close to his stellar form of the 2014-15 season. Berahino has been notching appearances for Stoke now and then, but in the dozen games he has played for the Potters, he is yet to find the back of the net.
Another Spanish player for the Swansea fans after Fernando Llorente and Michu, Borja Baston has nowhere lived up to his reputation. The fans, who expected goals galore from the Spanish forward, has disappointed them in the worst way possible, with just a goal to show for his performances in 16 games for the Swans.
Patrick Bamford impressed in his 2014-15 season in the Championship for Middlesbrough, wherein he scored 17 goals, but this loan turned permanent deal did not turn out too well for a side who were promoted last year and relegated instantly. Bamford couldn’t make it to the starting eleven this season.
Jurgen Klopp found his No. 1 in Karius, who possessed the consistency that Mignolet lacked, and could rely on him week after week between the sticks. Or so he thought. He started off well in the Premier League, but after two disastrous performances against West Ham and the goal fest at the Vitality, Klopp had to make do with Mignolet. Yet Again.
Tottenham Hotspur acquired the services of the Newcastle United midfielder on deadline day after the Frenchman impressed with his Euro 2016 performances. Tottenham fans were satisfied with the buy until they saw the price: a club record signing of 30m. Sissoko has failed to justify his price tag and consequently, has had limited opportunities under Pochettino. He is yet to find the back of the net for Spurs.
The young Liverpool Academy graduate had a disastrous, disappointing season at Bournemouth. He left Anfield in search of more first team football and found exactly that under Eddie Howe, who granted him 23 appearances and Ibe failed to make an impact, with ‘zero contribution in 23 games.’
Pep Guardiola justified his acquisition of Bravo in place of Joe Hart by saying that he needed a keeper who was ‘good with his feet.’ The Chilean goalkeeper joined City for 17m from Barcelona, and was a player Pep was very keen to sign. But Bravo came nowhere close to living up to the expectations in Manchester. He made just 33 saves in 22 games, keeping a clean sheet in 5 of them. He was at fault for the first goal he conceded on his debut against City rivals United and was heavily criticized for his performance. Since then, Claudio Bravo has crumpled under criticism; he even went a full month without keeping a clean sheet.
The Juventus striker flew into London after Euro 2016, and struggled miserably, failing to score even once, much to the disappointment of Slaven Bilic, who was of the opinion that the Italian could replicate his Juventus form in England as well. Zaza admitted later that he could not cope up with life in England, and later signed for Valencia in January.