PREMIER LEAGUE TRANSFER BUSTS 2020
The Premier League season is nearing its halfway point and with teams having played around half of their league fixtures, it is easy to see just which summer transfers appear to be busts. Of course, there is the second half of Premier League season for these players to improve and turn from busts into stars for their respective clubs.
Thomas Partey – Arsenal; £45m
Arsenal signed defensive midfielder Thomas Partey for £45 million on the same day they announced mascot Gunnarsaurus, a.k.a. Jerry Quy had been laid off due to a lack of money to pay him. Since arriving at Arsenal, Partey has spent much of his time on the sidelines nursing injuries. At the time of this writing, Partey has appeared in just five Premier League games, totalling 277 minutes for an average of 55 minutes per match.
Thiago Alcantara – Liverpool; £20m
Thiago Alcantara has looked excellent for Liverpool when on the pitch. The problem is, injuries and a bout of coronavirus have kept the Spanish midfielder on the sidelines. Thiago has played a mere three times for Liverpool in the league for a total of 151 minutes as of this writing. If Thiago can stay fit, he could star for Liverpool in the second half of the campaign. The team do need his forward passing ability to help them retain the Premier League title.
Timo Werner – Chelsea; £47.6m
Expectations were high in west London that Timo Werner would plunder Premier League goals repeatedly throughout the season. After 15 matches, Werner has scored just four goals while contributing five assists. The numbers aren’t actually that bad. However, considering expectations were sky-high that Werner would be an unstoppable force, it is easy to see why he is being thought of as a transfer bust. Two of his four goals came against teams in the relegation zone. In hindsight, rumours that Liverpool decided against a deal for Werner due to the player being unable to adapt quickly may have been true.
Kai Havertz – Chelsea; £70m
Chelsea backed manager Frank Lampard in the transfer market, yet the coach has struggled to get the best out of the new signings. Kai Havertz has struggled more than Werner since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea could have buyer’s remorse after Havertz scored just one goal in his opening 14 matches. The forward did suffer from a bout of coronavirus, which set him back. Havertz’s chances of playing have not only been limited due to a lack of form, but Lampard’s insistence on playing Mason Mount.
Willian – Arsenal; Free
Willian was a sought-after player last summer even before the transfer window opened. His contract with Chelsea expired and several teams around Europe were reportedly interested in signing him for free. Arsenal were able to land Willian’s signature, but things have not worked out for the Brazilian at the Emirates. He has appeared in 12 matches contributing three assists. However, two of those assists came on opening day in a 3-0 thrashing of Fulham. Since then, just one assist in 11 games have been tallied along with a total of 890 league minutes.