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5 signings who have failed to impress so far

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Feyenoord v Manchester City - UEFA Champions League
Man City signed Bernardo Silva for £43m in May

This summer we saw many a club spend well in excess of a £100m in the transfer market. The value of players have been inflated astronomically this year and £40m is now the new £20m. With such money being spent, the pressure on these players has inflated too. Many expect them to now hit the ground running and anything less is deemed a failure.

The players on this list were all hyped up to the moon before coming but life hasn’t been easy for them since making the switch. The modern game doesn’t give players a transition period like it used to, instead the fans want to see what the club paid so much money for straightaway. Unfortunately for these players, they haven’t proved to be worth their price tag, yet.

Here are 5 signings who have failed to impress thus far. 

#5 Bernardo Silva

The fact that Manchester City have so many bright young attackers, it was expected that they were always going to leave some stars on the fringe. Bernardo Silva has become a casualty of that squad depth, failing to make an impression so far.

This season, Bernardo Silva has only started 1 Premier League game, making 4 substitute appearances. That equates to only 148 minutes of football in six gameweeks.

If the Portuguese star had impressed in those cameos, he’d be starting. Pep Guardiola is not a manager scared of dropping big players, as he showed with Agüero last season.

Silva has been billed as Portugal’s most creative midfielder since Deco, however, so far, he hasn’t proved that. Instead, he’s gradually blending into the periphery of Manchester City’s talented squad. 

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