As the summer transfer window slammed shut, many clubs were left with more questions than answers about some of their high-profile signings.
From record-breaking fees to triumphant returns that never materialized, let’s review the top ten transfers that had fans and pundits scratching their heads.
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10. The Roma Riddle: Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku was supposed to beef up Roma’s attack and push them to the next level.
Instead, he’s left the Roma faithful puzzling over how their marquee signing had just two goals after three months in Serie A.
Now he has improved, but still not good for the standards. So much for this Belgian waffle delighting fans.
9. Dortmund’s Dilemma: Felix Nmecha
Felix Nmecha arrived at Borussia Dortmund with the promise of fireworks but delivered nothing but radio silence.
The goals assists, and exhilarating play expected from him have been as impossible to find as the Loch Ness Monster.
8. Juventus’ Jigsaw: The Return of a Star Youngster
Hopes were high when Juventus re-signed a familiar face in Moise Kean.
But his comeback has been a monotonous monologue rather than the epic blockbuster fans expected. So much for this sequel outperforming the original.
7. Everton’s Gamble: Ansu Fati
Everton rolled the dice on Ansu Fati to energize their attack. But instead of dynamite, they got a damp squib.
His Goodison Park career so far has all the thrill of a hangover on a Monday morning.
6. Fulham’s Fumble: Raul Jimenez and Calvin Bassey
Fulham’s summer spree was headlined by Raul Jimenez and Calvin Bassey.
However, you’d be forgiven for not realizing they’d signed up, such has been their negligible impact. Off the pitch, it’s been a damp London fog.
5. The West Ham Whirlwind
West Ham’s recruitment drive was meant to be an aerial bombardment of the Premier League.
But their new attacking weapons, including Konstantinos Mavropanos, have proven to be nothing more than a gentle breeze.
4. Chelsea’s Conundrum: Romeo Lavia and Co.
Chelsea splashed their Todd Boehly bucks on Romeo Lavia and co. to kickstart a new era. But injuries have meant this new dawn is still stuck at midnight.
Right now it’s all skeleton crews over there.
3. The Manchester United Mystery
Mason Mount’s arrival at Old Trafford was supposed to unlock a reinvented United. Instead, he’s been as useful as a chocolate teapot. So far, this theater of dreams looks more like a nightmare.
2. Bournemouth’s Topsy-Turvy Transfers
We expected big things when Bournemouth broke their transfer record on Tyler Adams. But he and their other splashy signings have been about as much use as a winter wardrobe in Oman.
1. The Newcastle United Letdown
Finally, Newcastle entered the summer set for a strategic coup. But their highly-touted recruits have flopped like a wet rag, leaving Toon fans praying for some breakout stars. Better luck next time, Magpies!
As the curtain falls on another transfer window, some of the headliners turned out to be opening acts. But in football, the story is often just beginning, and redemption awaits all who seek it!