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Top 5 Summer Signings that have flopped in the Premier League this season

Fred has found life very difficult at Manchester United
Fred has found life very difficult at Manchester United
Jayesh Motwani

We are already past the halfway mark of the 2018/19 season of the Premier League and by now we tend to know how the new signings of all clubs have fared. Some signings turn out to be brilliant, while some are never able to live up to their expectations.

There have been players who haven't lived up to their reputations and the kind of form for which their new clubs signed them. With a high amount of money being spent by almost every Premier League club every summer, we are bound to experience a few bad signings and here we discuss the worst of this season.

So, without further ado, here are the top 5 summer signings who have flopped in the Premier League this season:

#5 Adama Diakhaby

Adama Diakhaby has not been good enough for Huddersfield Town
Adama Diakhaby has not been good enough for Huddersfield Town

Adama Diakhaby was signed from Monaco by Huddersfield Town for 10 million Euros. This transfer always looked like a risk as so many players coming from Ligue 1 have failed in the Premier League. For the amount of money spent on him, a return was expected, but he has done nothing of note so far this season.


The Terriers are currently languishing at the bottom of the Premier League and their previous boss David Wagner, who had very high expectations from Diakhaby, has been sacked. Their new boss Jan Stiewart has mostly played the 22-year-old as a right winger and although he has shown some promise, that is never going to be enough if your team is currently battling for survival. Diakhaby can still come good as he has age on his side.

In terms of stats in the Premier League this season, Diakhaby has played 11 games and has scored zero goals and given zero assists, which is shambolic in all honesty.

#4 Ben Gibson

Manchester City v Burnley - FA Cup Fourth Round
Manchester City v Burnley - FA Cup Fourth Round

Ben Gibson was signed by Burnley from Middlesbrough for a club record 15 million Euros. It felt like a very strange acquisition as Burnley already had a settled back line of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski. The center back has very high potential and he was also tipped for an England call up, but his time here at Burnley might have changed all that.

Gibson has started just one Premier League game against Everton at home, which the Clarets lost 5-1. His other start came away to Manchester City in the FA Cup and in that match as well, Burnley shipped 5 goals. The young Englishman's time at Burnley has been nothing short of a disaster and right now his decision to leave his hometown club looks like a bad one.

In terms of stats in the Premier League this season, Gibson has started just 1 game and he has spent the rest of the time on the bench.

#3 Alireza Jahanbakhsh

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United - Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v West Ham United - Premier League

Alireza Jahanbakhsh was signed by Brighton from AZ Alkmaar for a club record fee of 17 million Euros. This transfer always looked questionable as not many former Eredevise players have made a fruitful switch to the Premier League and he has also endured the same fate.

The Iranian winger was involved in 33 goals last year for his former team AZ in the Netherlands, but he has found life much more difficult on the south coast. His time at the AMEX stadium has been cut short due to injuries, a few substitute appearances and he also featured for his country in the Asian Cup.

Chris Hughton clearly had very high expectations from the 25-year-old when he decided to splash out such an amount, but Jahanbakhsh's career at Brighton has been nothing short of a disappointment.

In terms of stats in the Premier League this season, Jahanbaksh has played 11 games and has scored and assisted zero goals.

#2 Mohamed Elyounoussi

Southampton FC v Burnley FC - Premier League
Southampton FC v Burnley FC - Premier League

Mohamed Elyounoussi was signed by Southampton from Basel for 16 million Euros. Brought in as a direct replacement of Dusan Tadic, the Norwegian has not lived up to expectations. The former Southampton boss, Mark Hughes played him on a regular basis but he never showed his form from his Basel days.

The winger netted 23 goals from his 83 games in Switzerland before making the switch to England. The new Southampton boss, Ralph Hasenhuttl, has used the Norwegian to warm the bench and has rarely given him a start. He has a knack of making a bad decision in the final third and his efficiency can also be questioned.

In terms of stats in the Premier League this season, Mohamed has played 14 games and has scored zero goals and assisted zero, which is really bad for a winger.

#1 Fred

Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League
Cardiff City v Manchester United - Premier League

Fred was signed by Manchester United for a whopping 52 million Euros from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Brazilian so far has endured a miserable time at Old Trafford and many have even forgotten the last time they saw the midfielder playing for United.

The Brazilian came to Manchester United with a reputation of being an all-action midfielder who can break up the play and has the vision to start counterattacks. Barring a few glimpses of his talent, we haven't really the seen the Brazilian at his best.

While Jose Mourinho used the Brazilian more frequently, the caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left Fred out of his team on many occasions. Considering the amount paid to acquire his services, the 25-year-old has been nothing short of a disappointment.

In terms of stats in the Premier League this season, Fred has played 10 games and has scored one goal and assisted none.

Edited by Zaid Khan

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