Premier League 2017-18: Worst summer signings XI
Here's looking at the worst signings made by the Premier League teams in the summer of 2017.
The English Premier League made a return this Saturday with a 1-1 draw between Leicester City and Stoke City after a nearly two-week-long hiatus.
As we look forward to the remaining fixtures of the week, with Chelsea's visit to Old Trafford being the marquee match of the lot, let us also reminiscence the events of the past few months and analyse the performances that have led to the current Premier League table.
Many clubs had brought in new recruits back in the summer to help their cause. While Mohammed Salah has undoubtedly made the biggest impact, the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata have left a mark as well.
However, there were many signings who failed to deliver on their potential and they did so miserably. A lot was expected from these players by their new clubs but all they managed to do was disappoint everyone.
Let us now have a look at a starting eleven comprising of the worst summer signings from the Premier League clubs this season. A 4-3-3 formation has been used for the same.
Joe Hart - West Ham United (Goalkeeper)
Ever since he lost his starting spot to the Chilean Claudio Bravo at Manchester City back in the summer of 2016, Joe Hart's career has been on the decline.
After a poor showing at Torino, where the England No.1 managed to keep only five clean sheets in 37 games, Hart returned to Manchester City after his loan term at the Turin-based club expired.
He was shipped out on loan to West Ham United again this summer but has shown no signs of improvement.
Hart has managed to keep only three shutouts in the 14 games that he has started for the London outfit in the Premier League. He has also conceded an average of more than two goals per game.
Club veteran Adrian has understandably replaced him in the starting XI as Hart made his last Premier League outing against Everton back in November 2017, where the Hammers were hammered by the Toffees in a 4-0 defeat.
Given Hart's current form and with the likes of Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford presenting themselves are noteworthy options for goalkeeping duties in Russia, the future does not look good for the two-time Premier League winner.