Premier League 2020-21: Five worst signings of the season

Top 5 English Premier League transfer flops of the season including Man Utd ace, Chelsea and Manchester City star.

There were some big transfers in the summer, with the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal involved but not all have gone according to plan this year. Image credit: Twitter
By Amruth Kalidas | Jun 2, 2021 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


The Premier League has finished with Manchester City crowned champions and Sheffield United, Fulham and West Brom relegated to the Championship.

As it happens every summer, an influx of stars from around the world have tasted life in the Premier League for the first time. But not all of them have been successes amid a tough year in unprecedented circumstances.

Let’s take a look at the Top 5 transfers that have been unsuccessful:

Donny van de Beek – Manchester United

The signing of Donny van de Beek from Ajax was a smooth transition, to say the least, but many supporters and even the former players questioned why he was signed by Manchester United in the first place. The 23-year-old still remains a deviant figure at the club. Regardless of the talent he brings, the title of being one of the worst transfers comes on the back of an extreme confusion as to where his best position is.

Manager Ole Gunnar-Solskjaer has answered the questions regarding his absence in sheer professionalism, but the fact remains that he has started just two league games this season.

Timo Werner – Chelsea FC

After signing from the Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, Werner has failed to impress in the Premier League. The German international bagged 34 goals and 13 assists for RB Leipzig last season. Since, joining the Blues for 47.5 million pound, the 24-year-old fell short of expectations and has failed to adapt to the rugged style of the league. He has managed to get on the scoresheet only six times the entire season.

During the tenure of the former manager Frank Lampard, Werner was used in four different positions and that pretty much explains why he is struggling with consistency.

Willian – Arsenal FC

Willian arrived at Arsenal amid a transition and the Brazilian put on a man of the match performance on his PL debut for the Gunners, getting two assists in a 3-0 win over Fulham. However, that has been his only notable contribution in an Arsenal shirt till date. Since then, he has only provided a solitary assist and has failed to score a single goal across four different competitions. His conversion rate since joining the Gunners has got worse; he averages 1.3 shots per 90 minutes. Last season with Chelsea he bagged 11 goals.

Rhian Brewster – Sheffield United

Splashing a club-record 23.5 million pound for a player who was yet to make to make his Premier League debut was always going to be a gamble. And that hasn’t clearly not paid off well for Sheffield United this season. The signing of Rhian Brewster from Liverpool received mixed reviews considering the fact that he had scored 11 goals in 22 games during his brief loan spell at Swansea City in the Championship.

The 23.5 million pound forward managed 734 premier league minutes, zero goals and as many assists. The 20-year-old has made 18 Premier League appearances so far and averages a mere 0.7 shots per game.

Nathan Ake – Manchester City

Another big money transfer that has failed to take off, the Dutchman joined Manchester City for 40 million pound from Bournemouth but injuries and selection headaches have taken a toll on his form. The defender made just 10 appearances in the Premier League, with John Stones and Ruben Dias firmly first-choice.

Pep Guardiola has an abundance of talent at the Etihad, so where Ake fits in seems tricky. With the departure of Eric Garcia, who returns to FC Barcelona, Ake will hope he gets more play time next season.



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