Premier League Transfer Record Flops
When a Premier League club’s transfer record is broken, fans expect their new star to instantly set the world alight.
Sometimes it simply doesn’t work out like that.
Here’s our round-up of six of the worst Premier League transfer record flops…
Premier League Transfer Record Flops – Who Were the Biggest Disappointments?
ÁNGEL DI MARÍA, MAN UTD, £59.7m
In retrospect, an Angel was never likely to settle at the home of the Red Devils. That proved to be the case when Man Utd’s record-breaking Argentinean struggled to adapt to the demands of Premier League football when signed by a defensively-minded Louis Van Gaal in 2014. After just four goals in 32 appearances, the Champions League winner made a swift exit stage left to join PSG. Utd settled for a cut-price £44m to move him on just one year into his English adventure.
ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO, CHELSEA, £30m
The early years of the Roman Abramovich revolution saw the Blues rarely put a foot wrong in the transfer market. However, the previously free-scoring Ukrainian striker has to go down as one of the club’s biggest disappointments. At the time, this move seemed a no brainer for all parties, with Shevchenko scoring more than a goal every other game during his stint with Milan. However, Shevchenko never truly settled at Stamford Bridge, failing to reach double figures in Premier League goals during his time with the club. A case of what might have been.
ISLAM SLIMANI, LEICESTER CITY, £29m
After shocking the world with their Premier League title win, Leicester approached the 2016 summer transfer window with the world at their feet. That feat also offered the carrot of guaranteed Champions League football to help upgrade their playing squad. The Foxes used a hefty chunk of their new-found riches to acquire Algerian powerhouse Slimani, but three years on and two loan spells away from the King Power later they’ve yet to see much return on their investment.
JEAN MICHAËL SERI, FULHAM, £27m
No player embodies the Cottagers’ disastrous 2018 summer transfer window more than the much-hyped Seri. The Ivorian midfield ace was considered one of the hottest prospects in French football prior to his arrival at Craven Cottage. Many outside observers were surprised by his decision to sign for a newly-promoted Premier League side, but he failed to live up to the billing. Fulham’s ambitious summer outlay – headed by Seri – blew up in their faces as the club sank without a trace. He’s now on loan at Galatasaray after a season to forget all round in West London.
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE, CRYSTAL PALACE, £27m
Palace were hoping to reignite the Villa, not Liverpool, version of Benteke when he arrived at Selhurst Park in a club-record deal in 2016. However, the Belgian’s troubled spell at Anfield clearly knocked his confidence to the extent that he has struggled to reboot his career ever since. One goal from his entire 2018/19 campaign hardly bodes well for his fourth season at the club. However, the Eagles may need him after a low-key summer in the transfer market.
ALIREZA JAHANBAKHSH, BRIGHTON, £17m
The Seagulls splashed the cash to land the most-wanted man in the Eredivisie in the summer of 2018. The South Coast side even fought off Leicester City to snap up the Iranian in a club record deal. Jahanbakshsh’s introduction to Premier League football proved to be a chastening experience with no assists and no goals to show for his efforts during his first season in English football. Brighton fans will be hoping a more adventurous approach from new boss Graham Potter gives the 25-year-old a new lease of life this season.
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