Jun 1, 2017
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Are these Manchester City and Tottenham signings among the five worst of this season?

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While signings like N’Golo Kante and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have helped their respective sides reach great heights this season, many players who changed clubs last summer have failed to perform.

Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach after an impressive EURO 2016 didn’t have the best of seasons while Nolito started his Manchester City career brightly before falling out of favour. Across the league, some transfers just haven’t worked, but who made the worst signing of the season?

Simone Zaza – West Ham United

After his horrendous penalty miss, Simone Zaza left Serie A champions Juventus to join a London club on the up after moving to  a brand new stadium. The Italian joined West Ham and fans were excited to see how an experienced international would perform in the Premier League.

However, no one quite expected Zaza to flop as badly as he did. The 25-year-old summed up the Hammers early season form, appearing nine times in their first 13 fixtures, failing to find the back of the net once in the league. He lost his place due to a clause that would’ve forced West Ham to sign him for an extortionate price.

Claudio Bravo – Manchester City

Much was made of Joe Hart’s exile from Manchester City when Pep Guardiola arrived but the Spanish manager had plans to replace the Englishman with an experienced Chilean, that was supposedly better with his feet.

Claudio Bravo joined from Barcelona and was immediately under media scrutiny after dropping a cross on his debut that led to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal in the Manchester derby. The Chilean was to improve no more, racking up an impressive record of conceding seven goals from seven consecutive shots on target.

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Jordan Ibe – Bournemouth

When Raheem Sterling left Liverpool, the Reds’ fans felt they had his direct replacement lined up in Jordan Ibe. However, Ibe failed to perform under Klopp, with his only real contribution being a crucial Europa League goal that helped the Reds on their way to the final.

The Englishman joined Bournemouth for a club record figure of £15m and hasn’t begun to repay any of the investment. Ibe featured in 25 league games this season, failing to score or assist a goal.

Loris Karius – Liverpool

With Simon Mignolet looking unstable in goal, fans were happy to see Loris Karius, a highly rated young German, join the club. Yet it would be Mignolet’s name that would end the season on the teamsheet as Karius’ form caused him to lose his number one spot.

The German only made 10 league starts in his debut campaign and kept three clean sheets, conceding an average of 1.40 goals per game.

Moussa Sissoko – Tottenham

The Frenchman, who was superb at EURO 2016, joined Tottenham on deadline day of the summer transfer window in 2016 and although fans felt they had slightly overpaid, they were sure Sissoko was going to be a fine addition.

However, the former Newcastle man has looked a shadow of his former self, playing a very small part of Tottenham’s second place finish while describing his season as his ‘worst’ to date.

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