With the January transfer window underway, we thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at some players who were signed during the summer for which things have not quite gone to plan …
Jese Rodriguez – Stoke
Oh Jese, it just wasn’t supposed to be like this, the man PSG paid Real Madrid £21 million for back in the summer of 2016 moved to Stoke this summer with a reputation for dazzling wing play and dodgy rapping.
His introduction to Premier League life couldn’t have gone much better when he netted the winner on his home debut against Arsenal back in August, but since then things really have not gone well for the two-time Champions League winner.
The former Spanish youth international has only managed to make a further seven appearances for The Potters, and looks a shadow of talented youngster that burst on to the scene at Real Madrid. Rumour has it his season long loan deal is set to be cut short and he will head off to home town club Las Palmas before the end of the month.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City
Most observers of the Premier League believed Leicester had pulled off a serious coup when it emerged that they had snapped up talented 21-year-old striker Iheanacho from Manchester City this summer.
The fact his former club supposedly inserted a £50 million buy back option into the deal, also suggested it was more the breakthrough of the world-class Gabriel Jesus that forced the Citizens to sell the player, as opposed to any serious misgivings about his talent.
Iheanacho made his debut for City in the 2015/2016 season and had such an outrageous goals to minutes ratio by the end of last year that when his move to the King Power was confirmed, many fans were left wondering why in fact their own club had not done everything in their power to try secure his signature.
Alas, things have not gone to plan for the Nigeria international, and he has only managed two Premier League starts so far this term. Rumour has it that new Leicester boss Claude Puel thinks he has too many strikers at the club and is ready to show the £25 million man the exit door this month.
Sandro Ramirez – Everton
Ok, so this fella was cursed the minute I said he was going to be the best value signing of the season.
My prediction went a little something like this : Look at all these crazy transfer fees. Everton have gone and got themselves a former Barcelona youth player who’s just banged in 14 goals in La Liga for a struggling Malaga side, and they only paid £5.25 million. This fella’s quality, he’s a lethal finisher (I checked on youtube obviously) and he’s gonna take the Premier League by storm.
Well, as it turns out, it looks like The Toffees actually paid about £5million too much for the hapless 22-year-old, who has looked about as useful as a chocolate teapot in the four Premier League appearances he’s made this season. Valencia are said to be interested in brining him back to Spain before the window shuts.
Grzegorz Krychowiak – West Brom
Poland international Krychowiak is the second PSG player to make our list. The 27-year-old developed a reputation as one of Europe’s top central midfielders during his time with Sevilla.
So impressive was he during his sides’ Europa League successes that he was snapped up by money bags PSG in 2016, unfortunately for Krychowiak the French club also seem to discard players just as easily as buy them, and he surprisingly found himself rocking up to The Hawthorns on loan at the end of August.
What has transpired since is 15 Premier League appearances in which he has looked lethargic and uninterested for the most part. His agent has recently been talking up a potential January switch back to La Liga. Oh well, at least he can always say he had the honour of working with Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew.
Javier Hernandez – West Ham
When West Ham secured the signature of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen the general consensus was that this was a really good signing, and The Hammers boards disastrous run of signing duff strikers was finally about to come to an end.
Chicharito had proven during his time at Old Trafford that he was a proven Premier League standard goal getter. Mexico’s all-time leading scorer has been poor however, and has managed just four goals in 17 appearances.
There have of course been extenuating circumstances, most notably his being played out of position and the replacement of Slaven Bilic with a manager who doesn’t rate him in David Moyes.
But, all this aside Chicharito really hasn’t been good at all this season, and for all the plaudits he gets for his predatory finishing prowess, the fact is, his all round footballing ability leaves a lot to be desired.
The 29-year-old is said to be considering his options this month ahead of the next summers World Cup in Russia.