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EPL 2017/18: Flop Transfers XI Of The Season

Like evolution is a part of humanity, evaluation is another part of humankind. We are, at our crux, slaves to evaluating things. It is actually what keeps us going in life without reviewing what has happened. There can be no way to improve.

The Premier League clubs have made a lot of signings this season. While some of them have turned out to be fantastic, a few others were just atrocious – and here are worst signings XI of the season in a 3-5-2 formation.

Goalkeeper – Joe Hart

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From Manchester City’s number one to West Ham’s soon-to-be reject, Joe Hart’s fall from grace has been extraordinary to say the least. He has kept only four clean sheets in the league and it is expected that West Ham won’t make their loan deal a permanent one.

Right-center-back – Jairo Riedewald

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When he was bought from Ajax for £7.9 million by Crystal Palace, there was a lot of expectations from him given that he was among the most highly-rated defenders in the Eredivisie last season along with then-teammate Davinson Sanchez. He has, however, failed to stand out like his former teammate but could still make a case for himself since he is still very young.

Center-back – Victor Lindelof

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Signed with much hype and expectations for €35 million + €10 million addons, becoming their most expensive defender ever, Victor Lindelof couldn’t get the ground running like Eric Bailly could the season before. As a result, Manchester United are now consistently linked with new defenders and the clock’s ticking with the Swede, who has started only 11 games in the league this season.

Left-center-back – Kevin Wimmer

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How he still plays in English top-tier is a mystery. Neither is he good in the air nor does he tackle well. It is actually almost incomprehensible as to how he is a defender if he can’t do those things. An absolutely terrible signing from Stoke and that, too, for £18 million.

Right-wing-back – Danilo

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Who else but Danilo? He was among the most inconsistent players in Real Madrid’s double-winning campaign last summer. So when Real Madrid got the chance to recoup all the money that they had paid for him earlier (£30 million), they just jumped at the chance.

Left-wing-back – Cuco Martina

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Signed on a free as a replacement for the great Leighton Baines, Cuco Martina has unfortunately not been even half the player that Baines was in his peak. He is not really great at going forward neither is he good at defending, so it is unsure what he is good at exactly.

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Central-defensive-midfielder – Tiemoue Bakayoko

Chelsea fans were much hyped about the former Monaco, signed for £40 million. However, he alongside N’Golo Kante was never supposed to work due to the similarity in their style of play. And it hasn’t really helped by the fact that Bakayoko has been far from the player that stormed Monaco to the Ligue 1 title last season.

Right-central-midfielder – Davy Klaassen

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There was not anyone who could have snatched this infamous place from the Dutchman. Signed from Ajax for £23.6 million as a potential midfield general for the Toffees, he hasn’t been able to control games like he did with his former side, resulting him into playing just five times in the league.

Left-central midfielder – Renato Sanches

This time, two years ago, Renato Sanches was dubbed as the next big thing in the world of football. A Bayern Munich move following a wonderful Euro 16 made people think of his ceiling. However,  he found it impossible to get into the mix at the Allianz stadium and now almost a season at Swansea later, it is perhaps right to say that he might not be as good as people thought he was. He has played in only 12 league games and is unlikely to be bought by Swansea on a permanent deal.

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Right-striker – Sandro Ramirez

He was so bad after joining Everton for £6 million last summer that they loaned him out to Sevilla last January. The Spaniard could muster only one goal during his tenure with the Toffees, who made a lot of poor signings last summer.

Left-striker – Jese

Everything has gone from bad to worse for Jese since being injured by Sead Kolasinac during a Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Schalke in 2014. He came to Stoke City as a loan signing but couldn’t stamp his authority and incurred the wrath of the management for his failure to report to training. He has only scored once in 13 games for Stoke this season.

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