The Worst Premier League Transfer XI of the 2015/16 SeasonPublished May 17, 2016
It’s safe to say that this season has had it all.
Leicester becoming unlikely champions, Chelsea’s demise, Newcastle’s relegation. The 2015/16 campaign has seen the unpredictability levels of the Premier League reach new heights, adding further weight to the argument that England’s top-flight really is the best league in the world.
But despite the unpredictability and mayhem, there seems to be one constant every season, transfer flops.
Every year Premier League sides will squander fortunes on players who were once touted “the next best thing” or a “real bargain”.
As we say goodbye to yet another Premier League campaign, we at Free Bets, have decided to produce our very own ‘Worst Transfers XI’ of the 2015/16 season.
Adam Bogdan (Liverpool)
The 28-year-old only joined the Reds last summer, but It is believed that Jurgen Klopp has completely lost faith in the Hungarian back-up goalkeeper, after a string of blunders this season.
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa)
The defender has proved nothing but trouble after a string of social media outbursts and some rather dismal performances, during a campaign which saw Aston Villa relegated to the Championship.
Papy Djilobodji – (Chelsea)
The Senegalese defender was bizarrely signed last summer for a fee of £4million, against the wishes of Blues boss Jose Mourinho.
The centre-half failed to start any league games for the Blues and was subsequently loaned out to Bundesliga side Werder Breman, in January, for the remainder of the season.
Micah Richards – (Aston Villa)
The 27-year-old was signed in the summer, and was immediately made club captain, in a move which turned out to be a complete failure. Despite being signed on a free transfer, the centre-half is certainly still considered a major transfer flop.
Yohan Benalouane – (Leicester)
The French born Tunisian defender joined the Foxes on a four-year deal for a fee believed to be £7 million. He played only four league games, making him ineligible for a winner’s medal.
Memphis Depay – (Manchester United)
Much was expected from the £30million starlet, but sadly the 22-year-old has not deliver this season, and registered two Premier League goals in his debut campaign.
Florian Thauvin – (Newcastle)
The winger registered only three appearances for Newcastle, after completing a £12million deal from Marseille in the summer, and was then sent back to his former club on loan in January.
Jordan Veretout – (Aston Villa)
Despite being touted as a real prospect in France, the 23-year-old has not delivered in the Premier League after his £8million arrival at Villa Park. The Frenchman made 25 appearances in the league and scored no goals
Pedro – (Chelsea)
The Spanish World Cup winner was touted as a real bargain, after his £20million arrival from European Champions Barcelona, but he has failed to produce the goods in what has been a terrible campaign for last season’s champions.
Oumar Niasse – (Everton)
Two shots at goal and just 142 minutes of action in all competitions – just a few of the shocking numbers behind £13.5million man Oumar Niasse.
Everton made the 26-year-old the third most expensive player in their history when they splashed out to sign him from Lokomotiv Moscow on February 1, but he has barely been seen since.
Christian Benteke – (Liverpool)
Despite registering nine league goals this season, Christian Benteke’s £32million summer transfer from Aston Villa to Liverpool should be seen as a flop, so far at least. The Belgian has fallen way down the pecking order at Anfield, following some rather disappointing performances, and the patience of fans, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wearing thin.