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The 9 worst Premier League signings of 2016/17 so far

Simone Zaza, West Ham
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3. Claudio Bravo (Barcelona to Man City, £17m)

Signed for being adept with the ball at his feet, it turns out Bravo isn’t much good with his hands

You have to feel for Bravo. Joe Hart was a very popular figure in Manchester and the goalkeeper chosen by Pep Guardiola to replace him was always going to be under significant pressure. But the Chilean hasn't helped himself, and as the weeks pass Bravo increasingly symbolises everything that's gone wrong for Guardiola this campaign.

Signed for being adept with the ball at his feet, it turns out Bravo isn’t much good with his hands – and rarely has any interest in using them. Frustration with his poor performances peaked with the 4-0 loss at Goodison Park last weekend, when Bravo failed to save a single shot on target, making it 14 conceded from the last 22 shots on goal.

On Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher summed up the nation’s thoughts as he struggled to find the words to describe Bravo’s performance: "He's got to save this... Jesus Christ."

Claudio Bravo

Bravo was again culpable for some of the goals City conceded last weekend

2. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle to Tottenham, £30m)

He's struggled to fit in with Spurs' high-tempo, short-passing philosophy when featuring from the bench

Many were surprised when Mauricio Pochettino paid so much money to bring a relegated hit-and-miss player to Tottenham, and nothing that’s happened since will have changed their minds. The Frenchman has only managed six starts and struggled to fit in with Spurs' high-tempo, short-passing philosophy when featuring from the bench.

Given how well Pochettino's charges have been playing this season, his hefty price tag is even more frustrating. Just imagine what they could have done with that money…

Moussa Sissoko

Sissoko hasn't yet placated those who criticised his signing last summer

1. Simone Zaza (Juventus to West Ham, £4.1m loan)

West Ham are slowly rediscovering some of their verve, but a litany of poor signings last summer almost cost Slaven Bilic his job. Any one of his eight new additions could have made this list, but Zaza is most deserving of inclusion thanks to a bizarre clause in his contract: the Hammers would have been forced to buy the 25-year-old for £20 million had he played in 14 matches. Unsurprisingly, Bilic promptly stopped picking the Italian once he neared this landmark.

Zaza has since left the club to join Valencia until the end of the season, and to his credit admitted that “I think the main blame lies with me because I was not right mentally... I was very negative and in all the things that happened I never saw the positive side.”

Neither did the West Ham fans.

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