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EPL 2019-20: 6 flop signings of the season

Sachin Bhat
ANALYST
Modified 28 Jul 2020
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#3: Alex Iwobi (Everton)

Everton fans already want Alex Iwobi out of the club.
Everton fans already want Alex Iwobi out of the club.

Bright, young and talented, Alex Iwobi made a burgeoning reputation at Arsenal which made him one of the most valuable young players. Everton didn't hesitate before splurging £35 million for his services last summer. However, after just a solitary strike all season, they must be kicking themselves for the hefty investment.

Iwobi's performances in the EPL this season were largely pedestrian as he looked as much likely to get on the scoresheet as goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Did he fare better on the assists front? No, he had no assists for the season. Perhaps, the most enduring moment of his forgetful campaign will be the fans slating him on Twitter for the sloppy pass which allowed Tottenham to snatch a late draw in November.

#2: Moise Kean (Everton)

The 19-year old Moise Kean struck only twice to show for Everton
The 19-year old Moise Kean struck only twice to show for Everton's €27.5 million investment.

Barring the exception of Richarlison, none of the new arrivals at Everton since the start of the 2018/19 EPL season have proved to be value for money. And that includes Moise Kean.

After promising in bits and parts with Juventus, he came to the Merseyside last year for regular football but couldn't really cover himself in much glory.

It took him until 24 matchdays to open his EPL account before he doubled that tally on the final day of the season. His woeful run at the start of the EPL campaign even saw then-manager Marco Silva leave him on the bench to dry for a couple of games.

The change of landscape and footballing standards might have had a role to play , but the 19-year-old must turn it around next season and show that Everton haven't overspent on him.

#1: Joelinton (Newcastle United)

Joelinton must be one of Mike Ashley
Joelinton must be one of Mike Ashley's biggest blunders.

With great money comes great expectations, and Joelinton certainly couldn't live up to them. Newcastle United's club-record signing of £40 million proved to be an epic bust, but that's not completely Joelinton's fault either as manager Steve Bruce's unappetising style of play stifled his true qualities.

With just two EPL goals all season, the ex-Hoffenheim star struggled to lead the line.

His much-vaunted electric dribbles and incisive passes were few and far between, but to cut him some slack, Joelinton is still only 22 and is merely adapting to life in the EPL, much like Kean. He could still emerge from this rut and star for the Toons with some more experience under his belt.

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Published 28 Jul 2020
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