6 of the worst Premier League performers of 2015/16
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 20, 2016
We all know the extent that some clubs will go to secure the services of a player, almost always involving huge financial backing or a sizeable transfer fee and seeing as there is a high number of footballers who’ve disappointed over the last year, I thought I’d explore some of the worst.
Raheem Sterling – Liverpool to Manchester City
There’s plenty of competition for the award of worst signing of the season, but it can only go to one man, surely? In his final season on Merseyside, Sterling scored seven goals and assisted seven in the Barclays Premier League, with just 18 goals in his entire Liverpool career, which isn’t bad for a then 20-year-old, but come on, for £50 million, you’d expect more than that, wouldn’t you?
Now 21, most at that age are just adjusting to the game so it wouldn’t be too bad, however, for a man to cost that much money, it isn’t good enough.
It’s extremely hard to remember when Raheem Sterling last performed to an acceptable standard in the Premier League and with Guardiola now in town, is his time up at Manchester City? Will he join the growing list of failed Englishmen at Manchester City, following in the footsteps of Fabian Delph and Jack Rodwell?
Memphis Depay – PSV to Manchester United
Huge expectation greeted the Dutchman upon his arrival at Old Trafford after his £25 million move but things are looking pretty bleak for the 21-year-old, with some fans also labelling him ‘Worst buy of the season.’
Depay started life off at his new club reasonably well, grabbing his first two goals in the first month before dropping off the pace and slowly fading into mediocrity, accused of being more interested in his social life than living up to his hefty price tag.
His future remains uncertain and so will have a big task on his hands to convince new boss, Jose Mourinho he’s good enough to stay after scoring just seven goals all year.
Oumar Niasse – Lokomotiv Moscow to Everton
Everton signed the Senegalese international for £13.5 million pounds from Lokomotiv Moscow in January, making him the third most expensive signing in the club’s history.
He featured for just 29 minutes for the Toffees last season, costing roughly £465,000 for every minute on the pitch.
Like most names in this article, Niasse was welcomed by the Everton faithful with such promise with fans hoping he’d add a different dimension to Lukaku, I think it’s safe to say they were disappointed.
Niasse was substituted against Bournemouth and a huge ovation echoed around the ground, more for Lukaku’s entrance rather than a show of thanks to the Senegal striker, though.
Be under no doubt that Niasse has a huge job on his hands to ensure those cheers turn into acclaim rather than a sign of relief.
Joleon Lescott – West Brom to Aston Villa
Aston Villa brought in the experienced centre-back from West Brom to help sure up the defence and keep the Villains clear of a relegation fight.
Instead, Lescott’s season will be remembered for the time he ‘accidentally’ tweeted out a picture of his Mercedes following a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool with Villa finishing bottom of the Premier League by a mile.
Still, at least it’s a weight off his shoulders.
Alexandre Pato – Sao Paulo to Chelsea
The 26-year-old had to wait 64 days until making his debut for Chelsea, having joined on-loan from Sao Paulo in January.
Pato made just two appearances in total, failing to even make the bench for most games.
somehow, I don’t think Roman Abramavic is going to take up the £12 million option to make his move to Stamford Bridge permanent.
Few players have made less of an impact in the Premier League with a track record as impressive as the Colombian’s.
Despite a horrendous season at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho inexplicably took the former Monaco striker on-loan, paying him £140,000 per-week.
Twelve appearances and one goal later, Falcao’s reputation lies in tatters with the Colombian undoubtedly one of the worst signings of the season.