As the 2017-18 Premier League campaign draws to a close we, Rush Football, pick out four of the biggest flops from the season…
Davy Klaassen – Everton
Dutch international Davy Klaassen arrived at Goodison Park from Ajax for a fee of £23.6M. In his native homeland, Klaassen had scored 44 goals in 126 Eredivise games for Ajax and his relatively low price tag made it seem like he was a real coup. Despite his formidable record back home, the former Ajax captain has struggled to adapt to the intensity and physicality of the Premier League. Since his arrival, the creative midfielder has featured in just five Premier League matches and has played just six minutes in 2018. Although he has hardly played for the Toffees, new manager Sam Allardyce said in an interview with the Liverpool Echo, “he’s a super professional and a super lad, and he comes in and tries his best in training every day”, indicating that there may be a future at Everton for the Dutchman.
Wilfried Bony – Swansea City
On 31 August 2017, Swansea City re-signed Ivorian international Wilfried Bony from Manchester City. The arrival of the powerful striker was welcomed at the Liberty Stadium as in his previous spell at the club, he had scored 25 goals in 54 Premier League appearances. However, since leaving the Swans for Manchester City in January 2015 the 29-year-old has been unable to replicate his prolific goal scoring form. In fact, since his return to Swansea, Bony had scored just twice in 15 Premier League outings as he struggled for fitness and form. In the 1-1 with Leicester City in February, Bony tore his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Kevin Wimmer – Stoke City
On 28 August 2017, Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for a fee of £18M. The Austria was looking to rejuvenate his career following a difficult two years at White Hart Lane in which first team appearances came few and far between. Upon his arrival, Stoke City manager (at the time) Mark Hughes said “Kevin is an undoubted talent. He will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have”. His career for the Potters started well, playing 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Manchester United in September. However, that was as good as it got. Since then, Wimmer has struggled for form and has faced the brunt of the criticism for Stoke’s shortcoming’s this season. He has featured in 17 Premier League matches in which Stoke City have won just four as they battle to retain their top flight status. The arrival of Paul Lambert did Wimmer no favours as he was immediately placed on a special fitness regime much to the annoyance of the Stoke supporters. The 25-year-old has not featured for Stoke since Lambert’s arrival, his last appearance coming in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United in January.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City
Following a promising start to his career in which he scored twelve goals in 46 Premier League appearances for Manchester City, Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho signed for Leicester City ahead of the 2017-18 season. The youngster left the Etihad in search of more first team opportunities, finding them increasingly harder to come by with the arrival of Gabriel Jesus. However, the 21-year-old failed to establish himself at the King Power Stadium and has struggled to get a run of games since signing for the Foxes. Whilst the former Manchester City striker has found life tough at Leicester so far, falling short of the expectation placed upon him with his £25M price tag, he has time more than enough time to develop into a top player.
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