Written by David Robinson
In the modern game we see clubs throw millions of pounds towards transfer deals particularly in the Premier League, that are desired to have a positive impact on the team however naturally with transfers there will always be the element of risk about them with players having to adapt to a new scene. Research can be conducted thoroughly however this will not guarantee success. Several factors will impact a new signing and while there is always some notably successful transfers which really does improve the performance of a team, there are always going to be players who have failed to make an impact, which could be for a number of reasons. I look at the top 3 flops signed this season.
3. Christian Benteke – Aston Villa to Liverpool
The Belgium forward was a machine at Villa Park with his aerial ability, power and composure in front of goal making him the Villains key man having been the main goal scorer in the side. He would create goals all by himself but also convert chances which were sometimes at a premium. The 25 year old looked to be a top striker and while Liverpool were not the type of team to go direct often under Brendan Rodgers, you could still see Benteke’s ability shine at Anfield despite the £32.5 million price tag above his head. Sadly he has failed to make the impact his price would expect, chipping in with just the odd goal and finding his way largely on the substitute bench. While it would be harsh to completely criticise Benteke with the forward not being given a full season of opportunities, he has still not grabbed any chances that have fell his way with fellow Belgium International Origi preferred under Klopp. He doesn’t seem the right fit for Liverpool so this transfer looks to have failed.
2. Oumar Niasse – Lokomotiv Moskow to Everton
A bit harsh to single out a January signing but Niasse has contributed effectively nothing to Everton since arriving for a fee of £13.5 million. A price that Everton cannot afford to pay for next to no return. Again the Senegal striker has had chances at a premium but question marks must ultimately be raised. With Lukaku and Kone at the club, you would expect this signing to provide competition for places at least and provide an alternative option for the Toffees. I’m sure Niasse will be judged fully on performances next season but he has to go down as a huge flop so far.
1. Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United
A lot of hype and a £25 million fee to match which really only resulted in a couple of good displays against European minnows in Champions League qualifying. The Dutchman would make a good impact of the bench on rare occasions using his pace and trickery to some effect however this is not why Manchester United spent a lot of money on him. When he started he was wasteful and was well below standards. The fact that striker Anthony Martial took his wide position as well as teenager Marcus Rashford making far greater contributions from limited appearances show how ineffectual Depay has been. A huge disappointment for the Red Devils and for me the flop of the season.
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