An XI of the Premier League's worst value signings has been named


It's been two months since Premier League clubs concluded their transfer business for the season.

Liverpool were perhaps the biggest spenders, splashing out on Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to strengthen their bid for the Premier League title.

Meanwhile, Arsenal entered the post-Arsene Wenger with a number of changes, although Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have emerged as the most notable additions.

Manchester United purchased Fred and Diogo Dalot, leaving Jose Mourinho frustrated with a lack of business and without the centre-back arrival he so badly craved.

The reigning champions Manchester City reined in their spending and aside from Riyad Mahrez, made no transfers of note. Tottenham, on the other hand, secured no arrivals at all.

Transfers across 2018/19

As for Chelsea, the Blues splashed the cash on Jorginho and Kepa Arrizabalaga to try and usher in a new era under Maurizio Sarri, although both signings have enjoyed varied success.

It seems an eternity ago that all those players first switched clubs and supporters have had months to cast their judgements, asking: were they worth the big bucks?

It's a question that can only be answered with subjective responses, but the team at TheSportsman have used data to try and establish which signings have under and over-performed. 


Worst value XI in England

Using different criteria for players in each position, they have compiled an XI of the Premier League's worst-value signings this season.

All their statistics have been compiled and divided by their transfer fee, establishing how much each contribution has cost the club that signed them.

Data sets such as passes completed, number of shots on target, total interception, number of shots block are all included and we could go on listing.

It's certainly a complex calculation - but the final result makes for fascinating viewing:


Taxi for United!

It might not come as a surprise to see Fred make the team, despite showing potential under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the inclusion of Dalot is bound to raise eyebrows.

The full-back has cost the Red Devils £18,701 per minute, win, clean sheet, goal, assist, pass, tackle, shot blocked, clearance, interception, cross and big chance created.

Despite impressing during his brief appearances at Old Trafford, it seems the Portuguese hasn't amassed enough raw data to make every minute and penny count.

Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Meanwhile, Keita's disappointing season has been compiled by his place in the team and Mahrez has been exposed by the statistics in spite of a solid goals return.

The worst of the worst is actually Ben Gibson of Burnley, who is costing Sean Dyche's men no less than £150,000 for each relevant statistic within the investigation.

Say what you like about the choices and they're certainly controversial, but the statistics suggest these players are costing far more than they're worth.

Who do you think is the Premier League's worst value signing? Have your say in the comments section below.

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