Every Premier League Club's Most Disappointing Transfer In Recent Memory

The summer transfer window has just about closed and even though the World Cup stole headlines for much of the summer, clubs were working hard to prepare for the new campaign which is now just about here.

Transfers are a crucial part of soccer as every club needs to constantly improve their squads and make sure they are prepared for the brand new season, but not every single transfer works out the way both player and club hope.

There have been plenty of examples of incredible transfers when a player joins a new team and instantly becomes a success, however, there are equally as many flops when players simply do not click in the new team and fail to perform at the same level they previously did.

Whether it's because they are plagued with injuries, don't get on with the manager or simply lose all their confidence, there can be plenty of reasons as to why, but when a new player doesn't settle in, especially after a big money move, it can be a big issue.

With the new Premier League campaign ever approaching and as each club begins to get their Summer business done, we take a look at every single team's worst transfer in recent memory.

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20 Arsenal: Lucas Perez

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Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger had a very hit and miss track record on transfers, especially during the final stages of his time with the club.

After missing out on Jamie Vardy, despite throwing huge sums of money at Leicester City, Arsenal turned to Lucas Perez as a second, and last minute option and he eventually joined the club but went on to make a very little impact.

Perez made 11 appearances in the league during the 2016/17 season and only found the back of the net on one occasion.

Despite showing flourishes of quality in cup games and in rare Champions League outings, he could never turn that into consistent form and in the end, this transfer was a major flop for the club.

19 AFC Bournemouth: Jordan Ibe

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There is a reason that Liverpool was more than happy to let go of Jordan Ibe.

Leaving Liverpool for £15 million, there was a lot of hope that the regular game time he was guaranteed at Bournemouth would pay off and allow Ibe to step up.

Sadly, this hasn't been the case and while, there have been flashes of brilliance, patience is quickly wearing thin in the eyes of the Cherries fans with Ibe offering very little.

After failing to score a league goal in his first season, Ibe would then play 36 league games last season and only manage to find the back of the net twice.

18 Brighton & Hove Albion: Jürgen Locadia

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After joining Brighton & Hove Albion in January for £15 million, there was plenty of expectation from fans for Locadia, mainly because he was highly touted and had plenty of talent.

However, since arriving, he has failed to make much of an impact as he spends the vast majority of his time sat on the bench, simply watching the game pass him by.

Glenn Murray is a brilliant player and is someone who works better as a lone striker, hence why Locadia hasn't been afforded much game time, but given the club spent £15 million for him to warm the bench, it really has to be considered a flop.

17 Burnley FC: Nahki Wells

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It was quite a surprise to see Burnley sign Nahki Wells as the striker had played a crucial role in securing Huddersfield Town's promotion to the Premier League that season, yet he opted to leave the Terriers for a new challenge.

It might be a decision both Wells and Burnley regret because while Burnley was having its greatest season, Wells was sitting, watching as his former club managed to pull off the great escape and survive.

Wells only made nine appearances during Burnley's brilliant campaign last year and he failed to score in every single one of them, with the club gaining nothing in return for bringing Wells in.

16 Cardiff City: Frederic Gounongbe

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Joining Cardiff City in 2016, Frederic Gounongbe was supposed to make a big impact in Wales and attempt to fire the club back into the Premier League, but instead, he's had a truly awful experience with the club.

During his first season, Gounongbe only managed to make 11 appearances, despite the Championship having even more games than the Premier League and he managed to find the back of the net a grand total of zero times.

It was clear he would be out of favor with the club and he slipped right down the pecking order, only managing to make three appearances during Cardiff's successful 2017/18 promotion back into the Premier League.

15 Chelsea FC: Fernando Torres

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In 2011 when Chelsea signed Fernando Torres the entire soccer world was talking as most people thought that the Blues had managed to sign the world's best striker.

While £50 million may now seem like a small fee, at the time it was a huge amount and was Chelsea's record signing at that point, however it turned out to be one of the biggest flops in the history of the Premier League.

It took Torres 903 minutes to score his first goal for the club and that proved to be his only one that season as Torres failed to recover the same form that he had shown for Liverpool when he lit up the division.

You couldn't fault Torres was a lack of effort, he certainly did try and eventually, his performances did improve, but he never got to the level that was expected.

14 Crystal Palace: Jairo Riedewald

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Crystal Palace was attempting to change up their image and style of play when the club brought in Jairo Riedewald.

Riedewald can play either as a defender or a midfielder which was part of the reason why the club brought him in, happy with the ball at his feet with a John Stone style of play, except nowhere near as talented.

He was brought in by Frank de Boer who wanted a fast counter-attacking team with Riedewald expected to be the man who would start that from the back either with a pass or a driving run.

The issue with that was that De Boer was fired very soon into his career at the club and Riedewald no longer fit the style of play that the club.

13 Everton: Wayne Rooney

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Everybody was full of emotion when Wayne Rooney announced he would be leaving Manchester United to make a return to his boyhood club where his career had begun, Everton, it seemed like the perfect fit for Rooney as he moved toward the end of his career.

Everton attempted to make a point in the 2017/18 Premier League campaign as the club spent big money in the summer in an attempt to make a push to the Champions League spots, however, the season totally failed for the club and the money spent was wasted.

In the end, Everton only managed an 8th place finish, which for the money spent that season proved to be a major disappointment and sadly Rooney's triumphant return was not quite that.

12 Fulham: Ragnar Sigurdsson

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Sometimes soccer players can gain big reputations following a tournament with their international team, whether that's the European Championships, the Cup Of Nations or the World Cup.

Having spotted his performances in international play, Fulham opted to pay £4 million fee to sign the central defender, but he failed to bring that Icelandic spirit and performance to his new London home and only made 15 appearances for the club.

Fulham opted to send Sigurdsson away on loan to Rubin Kazan for last season after making no impact in the previous campaign and his absence could have been a reason for their promotion.

11 Huddersfield Town: Sean Scannell

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Huddersfield Town's recent history has seen incredible success for the small West Yorkshire club who has grown from a team who many thought would be relegated from the Championship to one that got promoted and then survived in the Premier League.

Originally joining from Crystal Palace for a fee of £1.1 million, Scannell has managed to make over 170 appearances for the club, getting a lot of game time.

Scannell has clearly played an important role in the success of the Terriers, but when you break down his actual stats from all those appearances, his records quickly begin to look a lot less impressive.

Only managing nine goals during a six-year spell with the club isn't anywhere near good enough for an attacking winger.

10 Leicester City: Kelechi Iheanacho

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Initially, it seemed like Kelechi Ineanacho would have a major future with Manchester City after showing promise during his early games with the club, but when Gabriel Jesus arrived, he quickly fell down the pecking order.

When he fell out of favor at Manchester City he made the switch to former Premier League champions Leicester City for a fee of £25 million, but for such a price tag he never really managed to live up to that.

Only making three starts in his first season, Ineanacho played second-fiddle to both Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki, struggling to fully burst into the team in the way that he had hoped, even though his performances were not too bad..

9 Liverpool FC: Andy Carroll

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The signing of Fernando Torres didn't just harm Chelsea, it also had a major knock-on effect to his former club, Liverpool, who were forced to panic buy.

Halfway through the season, Liverpool had to act quickly in order to have a top striker and they decided upon Andy Carroll who had been impressing with Newcastle United and had an impressive goalscoring record for the Geordies.

Carroll was never on the level of Torres as they were totally different players, with Carroll being much more robust and physical rather than a skillful, clever soccer player, but the pressures of being at a top club backfired as he failed to live up to the expectations.

8 Manchester City: Robinho

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Robinho was the first big name signing in Manchester City's new era of wealth and was supposed to be a major star for the Man City, however, things didn't work out for him.

Signing for £42 million, Robinho cost the club a huge fee, but after he was billed as Brazil's next major talent, Man City was hoping that would be nothing more than a drop in the bucket at the end of his career.

But even his signing failed to take place without problems as he was infamously supposed to sign for Chelsea, with the Blues even promoting shirts with his name on it, but he eventually settled on Manchester as his home.

In his first season, Robinho showed signs that he might live up to his promise, finishing as Man City's top scorer, but after that, it was nothing but a flop.

7 Manchester United: Radamel Falcao

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At one point a deadly striker who was one of the most feared forwards in the entire world, Manchester United took a gamble on Radamel Falcao by bringing him on a season-long loan in 2014 after he had just returned from a serious injury.

Sadly for the Red Devils, that gamble did not pay-off and in the end, Falcao proved to be a waste of money for ManU who was forced to pay for his high wages for the year and the club opted to not take up the option to sign him at the end of the season.

Falcao spent an entire season in Manchester where he made 29 appearances, providing a miserable goal tally of just four at the end of it, which even for an out of form Falcao was still ridiculously poor.

6 Newcastle United: Florian Thuavin

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In terms of flops at Newcastle, winger Florian Thuavin took the top spot easily after having a terrible spell of form with the Geordie club, despite having a fantastic form both before and after joining the club.

Thuavin claimed that the league was too physical and that he made the move to the Premier League too soon in his career, but after managing to make just four starts for Newcastle it was no surprise to see him shipped out.

Costing Newcastle a fee of £13 million he only offered the club one goal during his time in England when it was clear he was totally miserable after failing to find his feet in the club which led even the hardcore Newcastle fans to turn their backs on him.

5 Southampton: Guido Carrillo

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Heading into the 2017/18 Premier League campaign it was clear that the Saints needed to add one thing to their teams; goals. The squad simply didn't score enough and one of the ways they hoped to deal with that situation was bringing in Guido Carrillo.

Spending £19 million on him in January and providing Carrillo with the prestigious number 9 shirt, a lot was expected following the success that he had during his time in Monaco.

Instead of lighting up the Premier League and becoming one of the most sought-after strikers in the division, Carrillo did the total opposite and failed to score in his seven games for the team as Southampton narrowly avoided relegation.

After failing to make an impact and slipping out of the starting line-up with Southampton, it is no surprise to see that he has already been shipped out on loan.

4 Tottenham Hotspur: Roberto Soldado

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Costing Tottenham Hotspur a fee of £26 million, which at the time was a club record, Roberto Soldado already had plenty of pressure on his back, but his performances left Spurs fans shocked that the club had brought him in.

Soldado had a horrendous time in the Premier League, only managing to score six goals in his first season with only two of them coming from open play. The forward was ridiculed by fans and members of the press, with many claiming he was the worst transfer of the entire season.

Things didn't really improve for him after that point either and after 76 games, Soldado only provided the club with 16 goals, which considering that he was the club's leading striker was a terrible record.

3 Watford: Andre Gray

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Many criticized Burnley when they decided to let Andre Gray leave the club to join Watford, but the Burnley fans were likely chuckling by the end of it.

Whilehe had shown moments of brilliance and potential in his career, when he arrived at Watford that seemed to leave his game with Gray often missing crucial chances for the club and not getting the simple elements of his game right.

Many people claimed Gray simply isn't good enough for the Premier League and would be better served with a move down to the Championship, which could very much be in his future plans.

Gray played 35 games last season, proving that he was one of the club's only real options, yet he only paid that trust back with five goals, which is a shocking return for the amount of soccer he was getting to play.

2 West Ham United: Joe Hart

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At one point, Joe Hart was one of the best goalkeepers in the world yet here we are in 2018 and after a horrendous season with West Ham, the former England number one goalkeeper failed to even make the plane for the World Cup.

After a dip in form his parent club, Manchester City opted to ship out Hart on loan to Torino and then back to England to West Ham United, but Hart went on to have a torrid time with the Hammers.

West Ham fans were originally excited to have such a talented keeper joining the club but those feelings quickly soured as Hart made countless mistakes that cost the team dearly, to the point where he was dropped.

Hart then spent a large majority of his time at the club sitting on the bench as the second choice goalkeeper whilst the club struggled to survive in the league.

1 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

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Last summer saw Wolves make countless smart transfers which is one of the main reasons they are now back in the Premier League, but the same cannot be said for the 2016/17 transfer market.

As we mentioned already, Iceland performed well in the 2016 Euros and Bodvarsson was another one of those unknown players who was quickly snapped up following the tournament.

Costing Wolves over £1 million, his record during that season was horrendous, managing to score only three goals in 42 appearances, making him a major transfer flop that the club will look back on with embarrassment.

He was quickly moved on to Reading during last Summer and therefore played no role in Wolves' promotion campaign and will not be part of the squad that plays in the Premier League this season.

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