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Worst XI Premier League Signings 2016/17

 • by Martin Laurence
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The Premier League campaign is drawing to an end. There’s been a lot of praise for the signings of the season such as N’Golo Kanté and Sadio Mané but very little mention of those who have failed to live up to expectations.

We’ve put together the Premier League’s worst XI for signings made last summer using stats and nothing more. Do you agree? Who else is worthy of a mention? Let us know.

Claudio Bravo

Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in FA Cup action against Huddersfield Town

While Loris Karius has underwhelmed since a move to Liverpool, losing his place in the side after just ten matches, there’s only one winner (loser) here. Claudio Bravo’s signing has been a calamitous one in every sense, having saved just 33 of the 61 shots on target he’s faced. A success rate, then, of just 54.1 per cent is comfortably the worst in the Premier League.

Paddy McNair

While his season was cut short by a serious knee injury at the end of last year, McNair had done little to warrant a fee believed to be in the region of £4.5million beforehand. Across nine league appearances the Northern Ireland international failed to complete the 90 minutes, racking up just 355 in total, completing under 13 passes per game and just 3 interceptions all season.

Papy Djilobodji

Just how Chelsea managed to get £8million for Djilobodji, or what convinced Sunderland to spend so much, is something of a mystery. In 17 Premier League starts the Black Cats kept just one clean sheet with the 28-year old at the back, with only two centre-backs in the top-flight committing more fouls per game than the Senegalese’s 1.3.

Mike van der Hoorn

While he wasn’t an expensive acquisition, it’s fair to say Van der Hoorn has proven to be a pretty poor one to now for Swansea. He was in and out of the team ahead of the New Year, starting 7 games, from which the Welsh outfit picked up a grand total of one point. Losing his place after a 4-1 defeat to West Ham on Boxing Day, the Dutchman hasn’t started since and has failed to even make the squad for 11 of the Swans’ last 15 league matches.

Jordon Ibe

Bournemouth winger Jordan Ibe

It takes a lot for a manager to come out and say that he expected more of a new signing while they’re still at the club but Eddie Howe admitted as much in reference to Ibe. A club record signing at over £15million, the youngster has started just one of Bournemouth’s last 10 league games and despite being involved from the off 13 times he’s never finished any of those matches.

With zero goals and zero assists, the fact that the winger offers little by way of defensive contribution has made him a pretty pointless inclusion in the Cherries line-up.

Nampalys Mendy

It was always likely to be nigh-on impossible to replace the aforementioned Kante so when Leicester secured a deal for Mendy it did seem a strange move. He wasn’t a ball winner after all, but instead impressed with his passing for a Nice side that adopted a possession based approach that just doesn’t suit the Foxes. As a result his passes per game dropped from a superb 77.6 per game to just 23.8 in four starts for the Premier League champions, and while his season has been hampered by injury, the £13million Leicester paid looks disastrous on reflection.

Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou of Tottenham HotspurMoussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou of Tottenham Hotspur

Speaking of fees that look disastrous on reflection, it’s fair to say the money Tottenham spent on Moussa Sissoko seemed as much from the time he signed on the dotted line. While it’s true that the £30million agreement with Newcastle was split into instalments, it’s been a risk that has backfired spectacularly for Spurs, at least in financial terms.

Signed for his pace and power, the Frenchman’s lack of technique and guile sticks out like a sore thumb in a talented Tottenham squad, and he’s started just 7 of 23 league appearances – only once since the turn of the year – and failing to score for the club.

Bartosz Kapustka

When Leicester announced the signing of 20-year old Kapustka they did so under the noses of a number of suitors for the Poland international. He made four appearances at the Euros last summer, including two starts, but hasn’t had a single kick in the Premier League, starting just twice in the FA Cup. One of those was the fifth round exit to Millwall, while his highlight in a Leicester shirt thus far is a goal for the under 23s in a 6-1 defeat to Cheltenham Town in the EFL Trophy…

Ahmed Musa

Breaking Leicester’s transfer record prior to the arrival of Islam Slimani – who could also have made the cut here – there was some hype around Musa’s acquisition, particularly after an excellent solo goal against Barcelona no less in pre-season. The disappointing fact is that remains the best we’ve seen from the Nigerian since his arrival and, at over £16million, he’s started just seven of 20 league appearances and last scored in October.

His pace and ability to get in behind opposition defences is something the team already possess in Jamie Vardy and as such first team opportunities have been severely limited.

Vincent Janssen

An incredibly popular figure with the fans given his woeful record in front of goal, that doesn’t change the fact that Tottenham can feel hard done by given the £19million they spent to secure Janssen’s services.

He’s only 22-years-old and has his redeeming qualities as far as his work rate and hold up play are concerned but the fact that it took the Dutchman 27 shots to find the net in the league aside from a penalty against Leicester is dire. Whilst he’s not that sort of a player, a total of just three successful dribbles all season is another poor return and Spurs are right to expect far more from the youngster next season.

Borja Bastón

A club record signing at £15million, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that Bastón existed after a dreadful debut season at Swansea. It may well be both his first and last at the club, having not settled in Wales, failing to convince three separate managers that he was even worth a shot at leading the line.

The Spaniard has started four league matches all season, never back-to-back, scoring his only goal for the club from.

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