Yes it’s only been a few days since the summer transfer window closed and yes the Premier League is just three games in, but we can already pass judgement on which signings will prove to be a bad decision.
Whether based on the price paid, quality of player or whether the club even needs him, here are the seven worst Premier League signings of the summer…
7. Mario Lemina
Transfer: Juventus to Southampton for £15.4m
Southampton’s fourth most expensive signing of all time, Mario Lemina’s bad boy reputation most certainly preceded his arrival on the south coast and Mauricio Pellegrino is taking a gamble by putting his lot in with the Gabon international midfielder.
The 23-year-old spent two years in Turin with the Old Lady, but never fully established himself as a regular first team starter and pushed to leave the Allianz Stadium this summer, despite featuring as a late substitute in last season’s Champions League final.
6. Vicente Iborra
Transfer: Sevilla to Leicester City for £15m
What Leicester City achieved in two consecutive summer transfer windows with Esteban Cambiasso and then with N’Golo Kante, the Foxes are hoping to repeat the trick by picking up the Spanish holding midfielder for the hefty fee of £15m.
Yet, the former stand-in skipper for Sevilla is unlikely to make the same sort of impact in the Premier League and although the exit of Danny Drinkwater will give the 29-year-old more playing time, his slow and rugged play will not fill the gap left by his predecessor.
5. Victor Lindelof
Transfer: Benfica to Manchester United for £31m
Despite playing just one full season in the heart of Benfica’s defence, Victor Lindelof cost Manchester United in excess of £30m as Jose Mourinho attempted to find a new centre-back partner for Eric Bailly.
However, the Swedish international’s unconvincing pre-season has meant that Phil Jones has been the one to play each of the Red Devils’ top flight games so far this season and Lindelof could well become another costly mistake at Old Trafford.
4. Thomas Ince
Transfer: Derby County to Huddersfield Town for £11m
Extremely underwhelming spells in the top flight with both Hull City and Crystal Palace were not enough to deter Huddersfield Town from spending a big chunk of their promotion money on former young prodigy Tom Ince.
Now 25 years of age, the former England U21 regular has yet another shot at proving himself in the Premier League, but fans of the Terriers should not keep their hopes up, with the son of former great Paul still unconvincing at best.
Transfer: Stoke City to Newcastle United for £5m
Don’t be fooled by the fact that Joselu opened his Newcastle United account in what was just his second game for the Magpies in their 3-0 win over West Ham United. The Tyneside club looked to have pinned their hopes on the 27-year-old scoring goals this season.
The former Real Madrid man never really set the world alight in the Premier League after signing for Stoke City in June 2015 and although a return to La Liga enhanced his overall reputation, Joselu will again find it tough to make his mark in the English top flight.
2. Tiemoue Bakayoko
Transfer: Monaco to Chelsea for £40m
Chelsea, as they do every summer, splashed the cash and one of the expensive new faces brought in was Monaco enforcer Tiemoue Bakayoko, who impressed as the Ligue 1 champions reached the semi finals of the Champions League.
Yet, speak to avid viewers of French football and they will tell you that of all the Monaco breakthrough stars, the 23-year-old is the most over-hyped and is a not good enough to fill the shoes of Nemanja Matic.
1. Marko Arnautovic
Transfer: Stoke City to West Ham United for £20m
A club record fee, which could rise to £25m, was agreed upon between Stoke City and West Ham United to take Austrian international winger Marko Arnautovic to East London at the end of July.
It’s difficult to doubt the 28-year-old’s talent but for the man who has effectively been signed as the Dimitri Payet successor, his short fuse and anger problems will likely cause his downfall, as seen from the red card for elbowing in just his second game for the Hammers.