Five foreign summer transfers who have failed to make their mark in the Premier League

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Premier League life is notoriously hard to adjust to for foreign players. The physicality and volume of fixtures often leads to many recruits from overseas struggling to make an impact and subsequently their reputations are harmed.

Last summer saw an influx of foreign stars make their way to England's top flight, though many have struggled to establish themselves.

Here are five players who have found it difficult to adapt on these shores.


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1. Nicolas Otamendi - Manchester City

The man brought in from Valencia for a sizeable sum in the summer has found it difficult to replicate the form which saw him courted by the majority of Europe's elite.

In La Liga last season the Argentine was a true animal at the back, with his tenacious tackling, sensational positional sense and knack of scoring from set pieces particularly impressive.

Aside from a few admirable displays, this supposed 'animal' has failed to show up at the Etihad so far this campaign. His partnership with Eliaquim Mangala in recent fixtures has, in truth, been disastrous, with neither one capable of taking control and establishing dominance at the back in Vincent Kompany's absence.

The hype surrounding Otamendi certainly hasn't come to fruition yet and after another poor showing against Arsenal in City's 2-1 loss on Monday, fans will be hoping he steps his game up sooner rather than later.

2. Memphis Depay - Manchester United

Another recruit in Manchester, although this time coming from the red half. Depay arrived at Old Trafford from Holland in the summer with a reputation built around his impressive goalscoring exploits for PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie.

However, pressure and expectation seems to have gotten the better of him since his arrival in the Premier League, with the Dutchman failing to provide United with the spark he was supposed to bring.

Cast out of the first team after one too many poor showings earlier on in the season, Depay has been back in the side recently due to injuries but is still failing to produce. Two goals and zero assists in the Premier League is a poor return for a player of his supposed calibre and his form has contributed heavily to United's lack of attacking threat this season.

3. Gokhan Inler - Leicester City

After Esteban Cambiasso left the Foxes over the summer, Inler was seen as the ideal candidate to fulfil the role of the experienced midfielder. However, it hasn't quite worked out for the former Napoli man, who has struggled for virtually any playing time.

The Swiss international has been hugely overshadowed by the midfield duo of N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater, with Claudio Ranieri even preferring to start Andy King over his summer signing in the absence of the injured Drinkwater against Everton on Saturday.

While it could be argued Inler hasn't played badly when called upon, his sheer lack of Premier League minutes speaks volumes about his lack of impact upon this high-flying Leicester side. With Matty James also set to return from injury soon and further limit his playing time, Inler's time in England may be something he'll wish to forget.

4. Florian Thauvin - Newcastle United

Newcastle have somewhat established an obsession with acquiring French players in recent windows and once again in the summer they looked to Ligue 1 for some young talent to galvanise their squad.

Thauvin was once a promising prospect at former club Marseille, though he endured a torrid season prior to his move to Tyneside.

And it seems the young Frenchmen has brought last year's poor form to the Premier League, failing to register a goal or an assist thus far. Rarely has he actually started a match, but from his handful of appearances from the bench, Thauvin has struggled to produce anything of real quality.

Short of confidence and relying on his supposed potential, the Newcastle man will have to drastically alter his game in the future if he is to have any sort of success in the Premier League. 

5. Pedro Rodriguez - Chelsea

Despite scoring in Chelsea's last game against Sunderland, things haven't really gone to plan for Pedro since his move to England. The former Barcelona man has been in and out of the side this season, failing to find any consistency.

A player who, on his day, is without question world class, the Spaniard has struggled to adjust to Chelsea's style of play and subsequently has only recorded two Premier League goals so far.

With a new manager and new system about to come into place at Stamford Bridge, the Spain international's fortunes may start to change if he utilised correctly, but so far his time in England has been pretty miserable.

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