Five worst EPL signings this season


Barclays Premier League clubs spent £870m in the summer, which is an eye-watering amount compared to other leagues in Europe.

But many of those new recruits have so far failed to lighten the EPL thus far.

We reveal the five worst signings this season considering their price tag, pedigree and form.

Florian Thauvin (Newcastle United)

Florian Thauvin was chased by Newcastle United all summer and they finally landed him for £12m plus Remy Cabella going to Marseille on loan.

He has failed to nail down a place in the starting eleven, due to poor performances. The Frenchman looks too lightweight for the league and he loses the ball too often which puts his own side in trouble. He hasn’t really threatened in the final third yet with no goals or assists to his name in the league.

Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

Stoke thought they had made the signing of the summer when they managed to land Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan, but he has so far flattered to deceive.

He has started nine times for the club and has only one assist to his name. There have been flashes of brilliance, but a player of his ability should be standing out in the Stoke side and at the moment he isn’t.

His attitude has caused him problems at every club he has been at and it is now becoming clear why Stoke faced little competition for his signature.

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

The Brazilian arrived at Anfield on the back of two exceptional seasons with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga, which is often seen as similar to the Premier League.

Therefore, in theory, it should take him less time to adapt to the league. This is why Firmino is in this list ahead of Memphis Depay, who arrived from the Eredivisie. He has played nine times in the league, and four of those were from the start.

Firmino has just one assist so far and he has had little effect in the final third.

Radamel Falcao (Chelsea)

The decline of Radamel Falcao’s career since his knee injury has been staggering and he could arguably be included in the worst signings in Premier League history twice.

He was brought into Chelsea as a backup after an equally dismal season at Manchester United, and has looked under par this season once again. The Colombian managed to get a goal against Crystal Palace, which was a rare bright spot in his Chelsea career to date.

Jordan Veretout (Aston Villa)

Aston Villa spent a lot this summer and they haven’t reaped the rewards from that as yet. Jordan Veretout came in with a huge reputation in France, with many expecting him to develop into a French international in the future.

However, he has looked poor so far at Villa Park, and he is struggling to get into the team. He has only played six times in the league and he has yet to make an impact.

In Ligue 1, he looked like a very good midfielder, capable of creating chances and controlling games from deep. He hasn’t showed that for Aston Villa, but at the age of 22, he has time on his side.