Analysis

New signings worst XI: shockers from the 2017/18 Premier League

Tiemoue Bakayoko

This team of duds have failed to live up to expectations in their debut seasons with new Premier League clubs

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GK: Joe Hart (Manchester City to West Ham)

After a difficult time in Italy with Torino in 2016/17, Hart was hoping to resurrect his career with the Hammers, on loan from Manchester City once more.

But just four months later (and 33 goals conceded in 14 games), the goalkeeper had been dropped in favour of Adrian – and now the former England No.1 isn’t even guaranteed a place in the summer’s World Cup squad.

Hart, whose City colleagues romped to the title without him, only turned 31 in April.

RB: Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City to West Ham)

If Pep Guardiola decides a player is no longer good enough, you canassume there's a very good reason why. Zabaleta is legitimately considered one of the best right-backs of the Premier League era with two titles to his name, but the now-33-year-old veteran seems too off the pace to compete in England's top flight these days.

The Argentine has played a significant part in the division's joint-worst defence this season; only relegated Stoke have conceded as many as West Ham’s 67. A two-year contract worth a reported £90k per week still seems like poor value.

CB: Michael Keane (Burnley to Everton)

On the back of his brilliant campaign of 2016/17, the Toffees had to pay £25m (rising to £30m if conditions are met) to land Keane from Turf Moor. Yet while the 25-year-old’s form has stuttered for the Merseysiders, Everton have conceded 18 more league goals than the centre-back's former side Burnley.

Meanwhile, Keane's replacement for the Clarets, James Tarkowski, has taken his place in Gareth Southgate's England squad after a stellar season.

CB: Jairo Riedewald (Ajax to Crystal Palace)

While Davinson Sanchez has flourished at Tottenham, his former Ajax team-mate (from a side that reached the 2017 Europa League Final) fast became the on-field personification of Frank de Boer's torrid managerial reign at Selhurst Park.

Having started the opening-day 3-0 home defeat to newly promoted Huddersfield, Riedewald was dropped and only returned from the bench three matches later for De Boer's final game in charge. Since being shifted to defensive midfield, the 21-year-old has managed just three more Premier League starts under the Dutchman's successor, Roy Hodgson.