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5 summer signings who are yet to justify their price tag

Conor O'Hara
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02 Dec 2017, 00:13 IST

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Danny Drinkwater is yet to make his presence known at Chelsea

The 2017 summer transfer window was the biggest and arguably, the best one to date. It was a record-breaking campaign with a figure in excess of £1.4 billion being spent by Premier League clubs; a 23% rise from the amount spent last summer.

This is the sixth summer transfer window in a row, where the record has been broken by Premier League teams. With the clubs' revenues growing constantly, there's no doubt, that figure will continue to be broken over the years to come.

Some of the expensive transfers are-- Romelu Lukaku switching from Merseyside to the red half of Manchester (fee of around £75 Million), Alvaro Morata leaving the sunny Spain for England (fee of around (£60 million) and French striker, Lacazette leaving Lyon for Arsenal (fee of around £53 million). Those are just a few examples of the deals that managed to accumulate the ludicrous amount of money spent this summer.

However, some players have found it hard to adapt to life at their new club, whereas some others are flying. This piece will be focusing on five players who haven't quite proved their worth as of yet.

Also read: 10 best signings of the summer transfer window

#5 Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater was the subject of a £35 million move from Leicester to Chelsea in September, but he has not had a brilliant start to his career in West London. A lot of people were surprised when Chelsea forked out such a price for the English midfielder, considering it is only £5 million less than the amount they sold Nemanja Matic for.

With N'Golo Kante and Tiémoué Bakayoko already fulfilling the defensive midfield roles, it was clear that Drinkwater was bought as a back-up; that's exactly what has happened thus far.

The 27-year-old suffered an early setback with an injury and only made his debut for the club in the Carabao Cup in late October. Drinkwater has managed just five Premier League games this term, with four of those off the bench.

You get the feeling that the injury and lack of game-time have been the main reasons for Drinkwater's slow start at Stamford Bridge. An injury always has the ability to knock a player's confidence.

Drinkwater's injury meant that Kante and Bakayoko have had plenty of opportunities to prove to Conte why they should be taking up the midfield roles. However, with a couple of poor performances from Bakayoko of late, Drinkwater will be looking to make a good impression when he gets a chance again.

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