The 2019 Premier League summer transfer window saw teams spend £1.7 billion. The transfer windows early closure at the beginning of August saw the league’s teams spend its lowest amount of money on new players since 2015. Still, clubs signed a number of stars for large sums.
Several of these stars moved teams with big expectations, yet haven’t produced the goods. Sportsweek looks at 5 Premier League transfer busts in 2019-20.
Busted: 5 Premier League transfer busts in 2019-20
5. Moise Kean – Everton; £25 million
Juventus offloaded teenage striker Moise Kean to Everton in the summer for £25m. Expectations were high from the moment Kean signed his name to the contract. He hasn’t been able to meet those high expectations, however.
Everton have been inconsistent and Kean has failed to find the back of the net. He has zero goals in six matches in all competitions. He is just 19, so there is hope for the future that he will come good one day.
4. Ryan Sessegnon – Tottenham Hotspur; £24.3 million
Tottenham Hotspur bought their own 19-year-old in the summer when they signed Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham. The left-sided player was long rumoured with a move to Spurs and they finally shelled out £24.3m to sign him.
Sessegnon has not featured for Tottenham Hotspur this season due to a hamstring injury. The teen was on the comeback trail until recently suffering a reoccurrence of the hamstring issue and looks set to miss more time.
3. Pablo Fornals – West Ham; £25. 2 million
West Ham have spent a lot of money in recent seasons on transfers. Midfielder Pablo Fornals was another player they spent a large amount of money on. Villarreal, who just missed out on relegation last term, must have laughed all the way to the bank after receiving £25.2m.
Fornals has scored zero goals and tallied zero assists in five Premier League matches. He did score in a Carabao Cup fixture, but more is expected of the attacking midfielder.
2. Che Adams – Southampton; £15.03 million
Southampton took a punt on Che Adams spending £15.03m on the striker. Adams rose through non-league football to make it in the Football League with Sheffield United and Birmingham City. He always had potential but didn’t start scoring goals until last term with Birmingham City in the EFL Championship.
Adams bagged 22 goals in 46 games for the Blues in 2018-19. It prompted Southampton to sign him but right now, it looks like Adams may not be able to make the step up to Premier League football.
1. David Luiz – Arsenal; £8 million
Arsenal looked to have got a steal when they purchase centre-back David Luiz from Chelsea for £8m. Luiz has played four times for the Gunners with just one match ending in a victory.
The Gunners have conceded eight goals with Luiz at centre-back. They kept a clean sheet in the first match of the season in which he did not play against Newcastle United. Luiz’s ridiculous shirt pull on Mohamed Salah resulted in Liverpool receiving a penalty and Arsenal haven’t won’t since that debacle at Anfield. He has been mistake-prone and shown his age and lack of pace on the pitch.