In this summer of action, we have seen some pretty crazy transfers coming to the English Premier League. We expect to see more in the next month, too, but we want to take a look at four transfers we have seen so far who we believe might not be as good as they seem today.
Whilst we’re always happy to be proven wrong, our consensus is that the following big money moves might not be the superstars people are hoping for;
Jordan Ibe – Bournemouth – £15m.
Young Ibe made his move from Liverpool to Bournemouth this summer, struggling to get consistent game time or show his worth under Jürgen Klopp at Anfield. We believe that, despite working with a cracking young manager at Bournemouth in Eddie Howe, that this one won’t work out too well.
Ibe is extremely raw and seems to have lacked any consistent development in his decision making or his understanding of the overall game around him. Unless he shows rapid development this year, we believe that he’ll be a lot of money spent on a player who simply won’t contribute enough moving forward – could this hamper the Cherries season?
Michy Batshuayi – Marseille – 33.2m.
Michy is, without a doubt, a talented player. However, other strikers in his profile have in the past played under new Chelsea supremo Antonio Conte and struggled. Conte is a wonderful manager and his demands on strikers are immense. We aren’t sure if Michy will suit Conte down to the ground.
Also, given the incredible fee paid for him, we don’t know if Michy quite matches that level of quality just yet. He was strong for Marseille, but it’s a Marseille side with very little going for it; can he handle the step up every week?
Andros Townsend – Crystal Palace – £10m.
For us, Townsend has always been one of the most inconsistent and annoying players in the league. He’s got talent and skill, but he’s frustratingly inconsistent and rarely shows up when it really matters.
He’s shown immaturity in the past, too, and a tendency to be extremely hit and miss. If Palace are banking on Townsend really hitting top form throughout the season, then they could definitely struggle.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – BVB Dortmund – £26.3m.
Mikhi is one of the most talented players on the planet, and he’s truly world class. His immense record for Dortmund under Thomas Tuchel shows you his supreme qualities, for sure. However, we have major contentions with how he will fit with Jose Mourinho at United. Jose shifted off a brilliant Juan Mata in the past for having similar tendencies in pressing situations at Mikhi.
He’s a superstar but he might be one superstar that *should* work but stylistic differences mean he lacks the same quality he did in the past. Look at Mikhi when he played under Klopp at Dortmund, where he was asked to press intently and defend – he was never much good!
Who do you see flopping?