5 transfers from Spain to England that didn't work out
There has always been lots of transfer activity between La Liga and Premier League clubs, with lots of the players typically moving from Spain to England. 21 players in total have left Spain to move to England in the last two seasons, and the majority have been successful in England.
However, with the change in tactics and style of play in the two leagues, some players just never adapt and never acclimatise to life in England. Therefore, among the successful moves, there have also been many players who have had short, unsuccessful spells.
Here are five transfers from Spain to England that never worked out:
#5 Lucas Perez
Although Lucas Perez may never have been Arsene Wenger’s first choice when it came to buying a striker in the summer of 2016, he had still scored 17 La Liga goals the previous season and was expected to be a very good utility player for the Gunners.
However, just one season on from that signing, Perez has re-joined Deportivo. Albeit on loan, but he doesn’t look likely to ever step foot in London again unless it is to be for a new club.
Although it seems like Perez had a horrendous season and was given opportunities that he didn’t take with him leaving the club again so quickly, that wasn’t the case at all. In his only Champions League start, the Spaniard scored a hat-trick, and in his sub appearances for the Gunners, he impressed Arsenal fans, with many of them calling for him to be given more opportunities.
But Wenger refused. He did regularly state his sympathy for the 28-year-old, saying in a press conference at the end of last season: “He’s a top-quality striker and I couldn’t give him the games that he wants and that he deserves. I feel sorry for him on that front.”
Perhaps Wenger was being honest and did wish he could have given Perez more games, but one thing’s for certain, his transfer to the Premier League never worked out.