Ranked! The 12 most disappointing Premier League transfers of the season
12. Jairo Riedewald (Ajax to Crystal Palace)
Awkward. Like Frank de Boer, Riedewald was signed as part of the progressive football revolution at Selhurst Park. A centre-back or midfielder happy with the ball at his feet, he was one of the first steps towards a more sustainable style; bought as part of the drive towards a game which didn’t depend on counter-attacking pace.
The only problem being, obviously, that Steve Parish panicked, sacked De Boer and left Riedewald as a white elephant. His inclusion here isn’t really a judgement of the player himself, then - he made his second start of the season against Manchester City and actually played quite well - but instead reflective of the wastage clubs are willing to endure to support their short-termism.
11. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City to Leicester)
As per the above: managerial turnover causes myriad problems and players signed under one regime aren’t always valued by the next.
Iheanacho has been in the “highly promising” category for years now and not unreasonably so. He’s an adept finisher who can play either as a main centre-forward or a supporting striker, but has nevertheless fallen between the cracks at the King Power Stadium. He has one goal to his name - against Leeds in the League Cup - but hasn’t found the target (or a regular place) in the Premier League and already looks like a lost soul.
"Kelechi is a young player and he needs to improve aspects of his play," Claude Puel noted recently. Not much, then.
10. Sandro Ramirez (Malaga to Everton)
The biggest mystery here is not why Everton signed Ramirez - at that price, why not? - but how they didn’t find a use for him. Ronald Koeman had plenty of other issues, but one of the most prohibitive before his sacking was the team’s lack of pace - up front and in wide positions. Given that Ramirez’s position exists somewhere between the two, surely Everton could have extracted more from him than just three league starts and a negligible contribution.
Apparently not, and Sam Allardyce – despite being faced with many of the same problems (albeit now equipped with a fit-again Yannick Bolasie) – has shown little interest in the Spaniard. The Toffees chief is rumoured to be on the verge of loaning him back to La Liga.
9. Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham to Stoke)
Privately, Daniel Levy was probably delighted with this deal. Wimmer had arrived at Spurs in the summer of 2015 for a paltry fee, shown himself to be an adequate-but-limited defender over the course of two years, and was then sold for nearly four times his original price.
As with everything to do with Stoke, this deserves an asterisk. At the risk of sounding like part of the BIG MEDIA CONSPIRACY which has hounded a grossly underperforming manager out of a job, it’s very hard to judge any of these players in isolation. However, Wimmer has still been part of a defence which conceded five times to Chelsea and Tottenham, seven to Manchester City, and which has shipped by far the most goals in the league.