The summer transfer window turned out to be a hectic one which saw many players move to different clubs, aiming for a change in their careers in order to enjoy much more success with their new clubs. There were some really high-profile transfers, the biggest seeing Cristiano Ronaldo moving to Juventus for over $100 million, making big headlines as a result. While not many transfers were of the same stature as Ronaldo's, there were some big-money moves secured by top clubs from Europe. Teams signed some extremely talented players to further strengthen their core, hoping the players will allow them to challenge for bigger things.
Some of these transfers can turn out to be really prolific for the clubs and players, mostly because of how the talented players can elevate the playing standards of the club; in return, they themselves profit by being part of such lavish, money-rich clubs. There are certain players who will be delighted to change teams because of how their newer clubs will allow them to attain more popularity and improve their performance-level, but there are some other players who have seemingly shot themselves in the foot by moving to other clubs.
Some big-name players have moved to teams which are less successful than their former employers, and this pressure on their shoulders can lead to the drop in form and popularity for these players. Here we'll look at 10 soccer players who will regret changing clubs this season and 10 who are glad they moved elsewhere.
20 Glad: Jorginho
Jorginho was one of Serie A's most promising midfielders last season and with his terrific passing ability and creativity, he helped Napoli play some stunning soccer last season. It was his impressive work which made Chelsea and coach Maurizio Sarri bring him to Stamford Bridge this season and the Blues seem to have made a real coup with him.
Jorginho will be the key to Chelsea's midfield and can help them control games easily with his fantastic distribution.
He will be glad to move to a club like Chelsea which loves winning trophies every year and it's because of Jorginho ambition matching the clubs which can allow him to be a key part of Chelsea's success under Sarri.
19 Regret: Gonzalo Higuain
Gonzalo Higuain was AC Milan's marquee signing of the summer when he completed a loan move (that will be made permanent next summer) to Milan, becoming their best player in the process. Higuain has been dazzling fans in the Serie A for years now and will definitely delight Milan's fans with his fantastic goal-scoring ability.
Despite his amazing ability to win matches on his own, there will be overwhelming pressure on Higuain to perform for Milan.
There will be expectations on him to win trophies for Milan, which is quite impossible at this stage due to the competitiveness in Italy. It's due to this overbearing pressure on Higuain' shoulders to bring trophies that might make him regret changing clubs this season.
18 Glad: Arturo Vidal
Arturo Vidal added to his impressive resume of playing for elite European clubs by moving to Barcelona in the summer. Despite age not being on his side, Vidal's incredible work-rate on the pitch can still make him succeed at Barcelona.
While there will definitely be pressure on him to perform, Vidal can probably take a breather in Barcelona because of the incredible talent around him.
There are many world-class players at the club who will make his job easier for him and allow Vidal to operate freely. The box-to-box midfielder from Chile will be glad for moving to Barcelona can produce more emphatic performances which will help them succeed and allow him to add more accolades to his glittering career.
17 Regret: Felipe Anderson
Felipe Anderson was regarded as one of the most exciting talents in the Serie A over the past few years, something which compelled West Ham United to spend a lot of cash to make their superstar signing. Anderson might be an extremely skilful player who is not only capable of scoring goals, but can create them and also inspire his team to succeed. Anderson might find life to be difficult in a physical league like the Premier League.
With a team like West Ham, who have struggled in recent years, he could stumble up.
There will be extreme pressure on Anderson to shine through for West Ham, which could lead to many regrets.
16 Glad: Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka is one of Germany's up and coming stars, something which convinced giants Bayern Munich to sign him up on a free deal this summer to add to their collection. This will be a move that will highly benefit Goretzka, who can now truly show his potential with the quality around him.
He only scored four for Schalke last season, but Goretzka now has the ability to become a terrific player because of Bayern's system. Goretzka will be glad to move to the reigning Champions of Germany, where he can not only become a world-class goalscoring midfielder but also add to his medal tally because of Bayern's tendency to win trophies every single season.
15 Regret: Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois faced the wrath of Chelsea fans after he controversially forced through a move to Real Madrid, what he states to be the "dream club" in his career.
Courtois had a terrific World Cup campaign in which he won the Golden Gloves, but things will be very different for him at Madrid.
It's because he was Real's only "marquee signing" of the year that there will be intense pressure on him to perform better than Keylor Navas, who was already a fantastic keeper for Real. Courtois will be booed by the ruthless Real Madrid fans and criticized by his critics for any errors he makes for Real Madrid, and the heated criticism might lead to him regretting moving to Los Blancos this summer.
14 Glad: Cristiano Ronaldo
The biggest news of the summer transfer window as Cristiano Ronaldo's high-profile move from Real Madrid to Juventus and the Balon d'Or winner proved how valuable he is with a $100 million+ move to Italy. Ronaldo will be donning new club colors for the first time in almost a decade, but he'll be glad to have moved to Juventus for a new journey.
Ronaldo proved how he's aging like fine wine by scoring 40+ goals for Madrid last season and he'll look to retain his fantastic form in Juventus. He has shown incredible ability to thrive under pressure and with the quality players around him, Ronaldo will take Juventus to newer heights and further stake his claim as the greatest of all time.
13 Regret: Paulinho
Paulinho was part of what was known as the most bizarre transfer of the summer as he went back on loan to Guangzhou Evergrande after arriving at Barcelona from that club just a year ago. The deal also involves an option to purchase, which means that Paulinho will probably be playing in the relatively unpopular CSL in China for years to come.
This was even surprising considering that Paulinho was actually great for Barcelona last season, as he scored many goals and was a valuable option in their midfield and often made an impact from the bench. Paulinho probably went back to China for the money, but he'll regret changing clubs when he becomes a forgotten figure among the fans.
12 Glad: Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci leaving Juventus for AC Milan last year surprised many, as everyone thought that the defender was extremely committed to the club for the long-term. Bonucci didn't really have the most enjoyable time at Milan, which made him change his mind and urge for a return to Juventus in the summer.
Juve wanted him back and managed to go through with it, something which must've thrilled Bonucci. Despite being a disliked figure among fans, Bonucci is still one of the best defenders in Europe and will be delighted to be back where he's most comfortable. He can now help them become even stronger defensively and gun for big trophies in the near future.
11 Regret: Andre Schurrle
Premier League side Fulham surprised many by bringing World Cup winner Andre Schurrle to their club in the summer in what was a huge coup for the promoted side. While Schurrle will be the undisputed top star of the team, he will also have a lot of expectations on his shoulders.
He didn't have the most prolific seasons in the Bundesliga last season, where he only scored a single goal for Borussia Dortmund and looked underwhelming. Schurrle's career seems to be on the decline and a move back to the Premier League with a club like Fulham doesn't seem the wisest and once the heat turns up, Schurrle will start regretting his move back to England.
10 Glad: Justin Kluivert
Justin Kluivert is regarded as one of the hottest young talents in soccer right now and after having a terrific season with Ajax in which he scored 10 goals and assisted 5, Kluivert earned a move to Roma recently. This will be a move which benefits Kluivert greatly as he'll not only get more mainstream attention but will be playing at a side which loves its attacking soccer.
Roma is the perfect platform for a young player like Kluivert because of how it encourages young stars to freely hone their skills.
Kluivert will hugely benefit from this move which can help him transition into the world-class player he's got the potential of becoming and give him the exposure he deserves.
9 Regret: Bernd Leno
Bernd Leno seemed to be the long-term fix for Arsenal's wobbly goalkeeping position when he was signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, but he's learned that it won't be that easy to make that spot his. Leno will probably have to spend his first season mostly on the bench, mostly because of how Petr Cech has made the goalkeeping position his own.
Leno might be starting to regret his move to the Gunners and after being a regular for Bayer, he must be hating rotting on the bench. This move might not turn out that prolific for Leno, who will soon face stark criticism if he fails to adapt to the Premier League and become Arsenal's undisputed #1.
8 Glad: Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez seemed very keen on a move to Manchester City in the January transfer window but due to some hard-ball from Leicester, couldn't manage to move to the Citizens and attain a Premier League winners medal with them. Regardless, Mahrez made sure his move to City was secured in the summer for which the champions paid Leicester more than $60 million for the creative winger's services.
Mahrez will be delighted with the move to City, where he can play more freely and grow as a player.
He'll have more competition in his position, which will fuel him to keep on improving and showcase his irresistible skill, as at a club like City, Mahrez can expect winning accolades every single season.
7 Regret: Aleksandr Golovin
One of the breakout stars of the FIFA World Cup, Aleksandr Golovin dazzled fans around the world with his fantastic performances for hosts Russia and impressed many top clubs at that too. But he surprised many by rejecting a move to Chelsea to prefer going to AS Monaco, who are a club on the decline after the emphatic rise of Paris-Saint Germain.
Golovin might struggle at Monaco, who don't really have that much of a quality squad anymore to help improve his game. Monaco are having to play second-fiddle to PSG every season these days and Golovin might regret moving to the club where he might get lost in the shadows unless he can pull off something extraordinary for them.
6 Glad: Fred
Fred wasn't really a name known by many fans prior to Manchester United signing him in the summer, and despite impressing in the UEFA Champions League, he only attained fame after a move to the Red Devils. Fred was brought in to add some steel and energy to United's midfield and help them gain control in more matches.
He's seemingly adjusted to life under a big club pretty well and seems to suit United's system with his clever nature and relentless ability to win back the ball. Fred's creativity and eye for the goal make him an asset for United, as he will be glad to have moved to such a prestigious club at the correct point of his career.
5 Regret: Rui Patricio
Rui Patricio's move to Wolverhampton Wanderers surprised many, with the terrific keeper's move to a promoted side posing questions at whether Patricio was taking a gamble in his career or not. While Wolves' have a pretty strong side this season, Patricio will have his work cut out for him because of their frigid defense which gets opened up too easily.
He will not have an easy time in Wolverhampton at all and will be forced to make crucial saves in every single match to earn them valuable points.
The pressure might get too overwhelming for Patricio after sometime and after having to save his side from doom in almost every single match, he'll start regretting ever moving to the club.
4 Glad: Naby Keita
Naby Keita has turned out to be quite the clever signing for Liverpool, who despite spending over $70 million on his services have gotten a midfielder who will add more steel and finesse to their midfield. Keita had a great season for RB Leipzig last season and his terrific ability to win back the ball and superb eye for goal makes him a valuable player to have.
Keita will be delighted with moving to Liverpool, where he can continue playing some attractive soccer and will adapt well to their free-flowing system. Keita will look to help Liverpool challenge for the big titles and is definitely glad about move to a historic club like Liverpool which seems to be on the rise.
3 Regret: Yerry Mina
Yerry Mina was often the savior for Colombia during the World Cup with timely goals, but his heroics couldn't save his career at Barcelona which seemingly ended even before it could properly take off. Mina only made around 5 appearances, but his error-prone performances ended up getting him sold to Premier League side Everton on deadline day.
It doesn't feel like a move to Everton is something which Mina needs for his career to blossom right now, as the EPL can be really tough for a player like him. Everton isn't that "big" a side for him to comfortably blend in and there will be a lot of pressure on him to perform week in, week out, something which might make him regret changing clubs.
2 Glad: Tiemoue Bakayoko
For Tiemoue Bakayoko, a move away from Chelsea seemed the best for his career as he was being ridiculed every time he played for the Blues. Bakayoko made around 29 appearances in the Premier League last season, but his underwhelming performances turned the Chelsea fans against him.
He didn't look ready for the Premier League and was recently loaned to AC Milan, where he will probably perform much better.
Italy's league suits his style pretty well and it's because of the lack of expectations on him at Milan which can fuel him to perform better. Bakayoko will hope to find his old form at Milan and make his stay valuable, while also silencing doubters who've vehemently mocked him over the last year.
1 Regret: Malcolm
Malcolm's transfer saga was full of drama and having almost completed a move to Italian side AS Roma, Malcolm had a change of heart and moved to Barcelona in the last minute. His terrific work for Bordeaux last season in which he scored 12 goals and gave 7 assists which made Barcelona splash the cash to sign the winger.
Malcolm might have thrived in Bordeaux, but in a club like Barcelona, it's going to be a whole different ball-game for him.
He might struggle to impress under their system and because of the immaculate competition, things could get a little too heated for him. Malcolm could struggle to thrive under the pressure at Barcelona and end up regretting moving to the Spanish champions.