Some signings made by Premier League sides haven’t worked out as planned yet, and Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton know that feeling well.
While there were plenty of other questionable deals based on the early-season form of some new recruits, there are some who stand out from the pack for various reasons.
In their defence, there is still a long way to go this year for them to turn opinion and make their new challenge a success, but on the basis of what we’ve seen over the last two months or so, or rather what we haven’t seen, they have their work cut out.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Romelu Lukaku and Ederson have enjoyed an impressive start to life in new colours this season, but unfortunately for the five below, it hasn’t quite been as smooth sailing.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Everton
Ronald Koeman ultimately paid the price for Everton’s poor start to the season, but he was let down by his players too, especially some of the new signings.
The Icelandic ace arrived from Swansea City in a staggering £45m deal as per BBC Sport, and despite being such a key figure for the Swans, he has struggled to replicate it with Everton. Just one goal and two assists in 13 outings, with none coming in the Premier League.
Davy Klaassen – Everton
The 24-year-old was seen as an exciting addition to add some flair, creativity and technical quality to the Everton midfield, but he hasn’t worked out as of yet.
Klaassen has registered just one assist with no goals in 11 appearances for the Toffees so far this season, and even that came in a Europa League qualifier as he has struggled to make a decisive impact at Goodison Park.
Danny Drinkwater – Chelsea
Probably a little bit harsh considering injury has meant he hasn’t been able to have a proper impact at Chelsea yet, but we’re in November and he’s made just three brief appearances.
Having cost the Blues £35m, as noted by BBC Sport, the injury has piled on the pressure as he’ll have to start producing to prove that he was a worthy investment but it’s cost Chelsea already as they needed him for squad depth if nothing else after N’Golo Kante’s injury.
Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City
Another player who cost a lot and hasn’t produced. The 21-year-old joined the Foxes from Manchester City this past summer and it was seen as an ideal platform for him to play regularly and score lots of goals.
Injury and competition for places have ensured he hasn’t made the impact expected yet, going goalless in seven league outings so far this season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool
After years of frustration at Arsenal over injury problems, a lack of regular playing time and not being played in a more natural position, Oxlade-Chamberlain looked delighted to join Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this summer.
However, almost nothing has changed for him on Merseyside, as his last seven appearances in the Premier League have come off the bench, while two of his three outings in the Champions League were also as a bit-part player and so it looks to be more of the same for the Ox for now.