Top 10 biggest Premier League flops of the season

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As we approach the home stretch of this season's Premier League it is a perfect opportunity to take stock of just how the division's newbies have been getting on.

After yet another year of Premier League sides forking out eye-watering fees to bring in new talent, in a season that saw ten of the world's 15 biggest transfer fees landed by English clubs - it's inevitable that not all of them are going to work out. Being a flop doesn't necessarily mean that these guys are bad players, it just means that they haven't yet justified their contract/transfer fee.

Branding players as flops is always a point of controversy as fans rightly point out players being injured, played out of position, acquired cheaply etc. Ultimately people see things differently, even pundits argue over players having a good game or not. So, with that in mind, to help readers justify the selections here's what these selections were based on: Price tag, wages, reputation, appearances, form, goals and assists (where positionally appropriate).


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10. Idrissa Gueye - Aston Villa: £9 million

Villa were looking to replace the consistent engine in their midfield, Fabian Delph. On the face of it, Gueye looked a decent option, coming off a decent season with French outfit Lille, the Villa faithful were looking forward to seeing him pull over the old Claret and Blue shirt.

Unfortunately, it just hasn't worked out for the defensive midfielder who has struggled with the intensity of the Premier League. He hasn't mustered up a goal and has offered only two assists this campaign. It could be argued that that's not his job as a defensive midfielder but a quick glance at Villa's goals-against column would tell you he's clearly been ineffectual in that department too.

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9. Morgan Schneiderlin - Manchester United: £25 million

The driving force of Southampton's fantastic campaign last year encouraged United's hierarchy to ignore their fans' calls to bolster their defence and forked out an eye-watering £25 million to prize him away from St. Mary's.

Despite starting the majority of games for United, Schneiderlin has had little impact in terms of catching the eye with no league goals and just one assist. The midfielder has been accused of being too negative and has ultimately failed to justify his hefty price tag.

8. Aleksander Mitrovic - Newcastle United: £13 million

Big things were expected of the Serbian striker as the Toon rested their relegation survival hopes on him replicating the promising form he'd shown at Anderlecht, where he bagged 36 goals in 69 games.


The Magpies had to wait until October before he netted in back-to-back games against Manchester City and Norwich just as things were looking up. Unfortunately, he's only managed six in his last 25 appearances since then as a string of excellent chances have come and gone, leaving Mitrovic to sit on the bench and Newcastle in another desperate bid to avoid relegation.

7. Baba Rahman - Chelsea: £20 million +

At £20 million, Rahman is one of the most expensive fullbacks of all time but he has just been another horror in last season's champions nightmare of a season. He's struggled to get a game despite Chelsea's defence haemorrhaging goals and in the 12 appearances he has made, he's come under fire.

A decent run in the side towards the end of the season has bolstered his chances of earning another opportunity next season but at the moment, Chelsea are staring down the barrel of a hefty loss.

6. Nicolas Otamendi - Manchester City: £32 million

David Luiz is the only defender in history that can lay claim to having been valued at more than the centre back. Cumbersome, slow and clumsy are just some words used to describe the Argentine this season.

In truth, he has managed to turn out some more solid performances as the season has progressed but without Vincent Kompany he has been at the heart of a woeful back line for City. At times when he has been partnered with Eliaquim Mangala, the pair have looked comical and Pep Guardiola has some work to do to get them into shape.

Real Madrid v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

5. Pedro Rodriguez - Chelsea: £21 million

Many thought this to be a fantastic capture as the Blues looked to capitalise on Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona the previous season which had made Pedro surplus to requirements.

A promising start saw Pedro bag a debut goal and an assist to boot. Unfortunately, his next 18 appearances across six months saw only one more goal and two assists as he struggled for form and fitness in a disastrous run of games for Chelsea that has condemned them to mid-table obscurity.

Chelsea will hope he can bring to the table next season what he has shown for Barcelona on a more consistent basis for the London-based outfit.

4. Raheem Sterling - Manchester City: £49 million

The most expensive English player of all time has had a season to forget. Not including the 5-1 demolishing of Bournemouth in October, where he helped himself to a hat-trick, Sterling has failed to make inroads at the Sky Blue side of Manchester.

Real Madrid v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

He's only managed to complete 90 minutes in the Premier League eight times for Pellegrini's men. Six goals and three assists just isn't enough from a player that warranted such a big fee. Still only 21 years of age Sterling has the world at his feet but he still has a lot improving to do over the next few years.

3. Christian Benteke - Liverpool - £34.5 million

Despite the fact Benteke was reportedly linked with Jurgen Klopp's Dortmund he doesn't strike you as a player that slots into the German's all energy, high-intensity style. The fact he has started just one game this calendar year tells you his manager probably agrees.

He bagged himself two goals in his first five starts for the club but has only completed 90 minutes in the Premier League four times since. Now rumours are circulating that he will be first out the exit door this summer at a heavily discounted price.

2. Radamel Falcao - Chelsea: Loan deal

Arguably last season's biggest flop at Manchester United somehow Falcao has outdone himself this season. He's scored only one goal this Premier League campaign and done nothing on the pitch to warrant any more game time. Various injury problems have limited him to a 15-minute cameo against Swansea in April - his only league appearance since October - but he's clearly not doing anything to change anybody's mind on the training ground.

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1. Memphis Depay - Manchester United: £31 million

Memphis had everyone talking in pre-season and was well-documented as one of the hottest young talents in the continent. The reality is, however, he's done nothing to justify that label or his price tag.

27 Premier League appearances this term with a return of two goals and a solitary assist for the seemingly out of his depth Dutch winger have frustrated fans at Old Trafford. At 22-years-old, time is on his side but he has a lot of work to do to change the opinions of fans and pundits alike.

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