5 big-money summer signings who are yet to step up this season
It was a busy transfer window for football clubs across the top leagues in Europe this summer. Many records were broken and massive figures spent as European powerhouses beat one another to secure the signatures of the top superstars. From the likes of Lucas Hernandez, Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix to the likes of Luka Jovic, Joao Cancelo and Eden Hazard, many top players secured mega transfers this summer.
As expected, some of these signings have wasted no time in showing us what they've got. With their amazing performances, they continue to justify the decisions of their clubs to splash astronomical figures to acquire their services. Players like Rodri, Frenkie de Jong, and Romelu Lukaku have been shining bright for their respective clubs since the term kicked-off.
Meanwhile, there are also those who are yet to hit the ground running after sealing mega-transfers this summer. This category contains top stars whose contributions and level of performance haven't met expectations since the campaign kicked off. They are as follows:
#5 Matthijs De Ligt
After scoring the famous goal that sent Juventus packing from the UEFA Champions League in the quarterfinals last season, Dutch center back Matthijs De Ligt is now donning the black and white jersey of the Italian champions.
Courtesy of his brilliant performances for Ajax across all competitions during last term, the defender was lured to the Allianz Stadium in a big-money transfer worth €75 million this summer. He was expected to be an instant hit in Turin by the Old Lady's fans.
However, he has started his Juve career on a slow note and is yet to hit the level that earned him the attention of European powerhouses last seas. De Ligt had a debut to forget as he conceded an own goal just 10 minutes into his first game for the club in a preseason game against Inter Milan. He also endured a torrid time during the 4-3 victory over Napoli.
The defender was an unused substitute in Juve's Serie A opener against Parma. Although he has now featured 7 times for the Bianconeri this season, that has only been helped by the fact that Giorgio Chiellini has been on the sidelines since suffering a knee injury in August.