With the transfer window shutting and fans having to make do with what they’ve got until January, we at Rush Football have decided to take a look at three of the biggest flops of the 2016/17 Premier League season – fans will hope their new heroes don’t follow suit…
Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo had a calamitous debut season in the Premier League to say the least. The Chilean arrived from Barcelona on 25 August 2016, signing a four-year deal for a reported fee of £17m and was seen as the epitome of Pep Guardiola’s passing philosophy. So far his spell in England has been a total disaster. After a number of goalkeeping clangers and blunders the 34-year-old came under intense scrutiny from the media and public, and rightly so. Prior to being dropped from the City line-up for Willy Caballero in late January, Bravo had performed well below par and had conceded 16 goals from 24 attempts. With this in mind, he was recalled to the City starting eleven in April to face Hull City at the Etihad, only to make another howler, allowing Andrea Ranocchia’s weak effort to slip past him. It comes as no surprise that Guardiola acted quickly during this transfer window, bringing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes to the club.
The arrival of Wilfried Bony at the Britannia Stadium looked like a good move for all involved. Bony had struggled to settle at the Etihad and with opportunities limited, a move to Stoke was the perfect way to revitalise his career. However, after a number of disappointing performances and just 2 goals in 10 matches, he was dropped from the side. The arrival of Saido Berahino in January and the commencement of the African Cup of Nations further hindered his chances of reclaiming his place in the side. The Ivorian’s final appearance for the club came in December 2016 in a 4-1 loss at Anfield and he returned to City at the end of the season, where he has vowed to fight for his place in the team.
Tottenham announced the signing of £17m striker Vincent Janssen on 12 July 2016, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino saying Janssen “ticked all the boxes we needed”. There were high hopes for the 22-year-old who had just finished as the Eredivise top goal scorer with AZ Alkmaar, but he fell well short of expectations. It took the Dutchman 10 matches to get off the mark in the Premier League, scoring a penalty versus Leicester City, and it took him until April to score his first goal from open play. While the exceptional form of attacking players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min limiting opportunities, he was poor even when given the chance and finished the season with just 2 goals in 27 Premier League appearances. There is still hope for the youngster but the frustration will set in should he not start the upcoming season with a bang.
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