5 expensive summer signings who are still on the bench
Several of the big clubs spent huge sums of money to strengthen their squads in the summer. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City had a disappointing season last time out and needed to bring in reinforcements.
Real Madrid surprisingly weren't one of the headliners of the summer transfer window only recruiting Alvaro Morata from Juventus. Their primary La Liga rivals Barcelona were the busier of the two investing a lot during the window.
But some of these big money signings are still spending time on the bench and haven’t really made their mark in the squad. They were expected to slot right into the starting XI or at least play an important part at the start of the season.
5) Michy Batshuayi
Antonio Conte made headlines after being appointed as Chelsea boss in the summer. The Italian made his mark with Juventus by winning three successive titles with the Turin giants, even going one of those seasons unbeaten.
He revolutionized the formation of the that team with his 3-5-2 system which worked well even with the Italian national side. So everyone felt he would do the same with Chelsea when he took over but injuries and a lack of knowledge about the league meant he has played it safe in his first few games.
The recruitment of Michy Batshuayi was probably with the intent of playing that formation but so far Diego Costa’s form has kept him out of the side. Conte has also preferred to go with only one striker up top.
To his credit, he has got on the scoresheet when he has come off the bench and looks like a good signing but he did not expect to be spending so much time on the sidelines. The Blues spent €38 million on the striker and maybe he should be starting more often.
But as long as Diego Costa’s form doesn’t wade the Belgian will have to make do with starts in other competitions like the League cup and FA Cup.