10 Summer Transfers Who Will Fail to Live Up to the Hype for Their New Sides
The summer transfer window is now in full force, with a host of clubs around the world completing deals to sign players. Deals that have been finalized in June and July can be seen here, courtesy of BBC Sport.
In the Premier League, Liverpool have been very active in the market with the signings of Southampton’s Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. Manchester United have brought in two expensive arrivals, with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, while Chelsea have signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid and Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona.
But new deals don’t always go as both parties would have hoped. Sometimes the change in scenery can lead to the arrivals greatly underperforming or crashing under the weight of expectation.
So what deals have been done in Europe this summer that will see the players fail at their new club?
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Tom Ince: Blackpool to Hull City
After being in talks with Serie A giants Inter Milan during the tail end of 2013/14, as per Andy Hampson of The Independent, it was somewhat of a shock to see Tom Ince sign for Hull City this summer. The England U21 winger will receive even more of a surprise when he starts a full Premier League campaign for the Tigers.
Ince struggled for form and game time while on loan at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace last season, and with little genuine interest in his services this summer, it would appear other sides don’t think the former Blackpool man has what it takes.
Bacary Sagna: Arsenal to Manchester City
Considering Manchester City have Micah Richards and Pablo Zabaleta as their right-back options, it seemed inconceivable they would sign Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna for next season.
The French international is talented, but he’ll do well to dethrone Zabaleta, who was voted Etihad Player of the Season in June 2013, as per Man City‘s official website.
Brazilian right-back Maicon joined Man City at the start of the 2012/13 campaign but could barely get a game due to Zabaleta, and he was eventually sold a year later, as per BBC Sport. It doesn't look as if Sagna stands much more of a chance.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: Borussia Monchengladbach to Barcelona
Replacing Victor Valdes, who was released at the end of his Barcelona contract, won’t be easy for new recruit Marc-Andre ter Stegen, The young German goalkeeper could well struggle at the Nou Camp as a result.
He spent his entire career at Borussia Monchengladbach prior to the move and has only made four caps for his country, as per Transfermarkt. It could be too much, too soon for the 22-year-old, but the pressure will be on him to impress from the outset as Barcelona are looking to him to be their next No. 1.
David Luiz: Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain
With Paris Saint-Germain having spent a record fee (£50 million) for a defender in the signing of David Luiz, the Brazilian centre-back could fail to live up to his billing. He’s certainly talented, but Luiz isn’t without errors in his game, as Squawka previously identified.
Playing in the French league with international defensive partner Thiago Silva should make his job easier, but Luiz could still take time to acclimatise.
Luke Shaw: Southampton to Manchester United
Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, 18, became the most expensive teenager ever following his £30 million move to Manchester United.
While many thought Shaw would be first-choice next season, Patrice Evra was offered a one-year deal at the club this summer and could be favoured over Shaw initially due to the task at hand for the young defender of playing for such a side like United.
The pressure can be overwhelming for players, evident with Shaw’s memorable emotional reaction to getting his first England call-up last season. His mental strength will be questioned in 2014/15, which could see him taking time to adjust.
Adam Lallana: Southampton to Liverpool
Liverpool’s £25 million signing of Adam Lallana divided opinion. The 26-year-old did score an impressive nine goals last season and represented England at the 2014 World Cup, but his price tag could be considered extortionate as he’s had just one standout Premier League season.
Liverpool have a host of new additions who could struggle initially to make an impact, and with Lallana having underperformed in this summer’s World Cup, he could have a slow start to his Liverpool career.
Nemanja Vidic: Manchester United to Inter Milan
Inter Milan defender Nemanja Vidic could find life at Inter hard as he left Manchester United with his best playing days behind him.
The veteran centre-back became surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, as per Joe Strange of the Daily Mail, and could find it difficult at a new side to replicate past performances.
It's likely to be his last move due to his advancing age (32), and coupled with Inter's woeful league finishes in the last three seasons, Vidic could endure a disappointing spell in Italy.
Siem de Jong: Ajax to Newcastle
While former Ajax man Siem de Jong came to the Premier League with a reputation for goals, scoring seven from midfield last season, he could find it difficult at Newcastle in his first campaign.
The 25-year-old failed to make the Netherlands squad for this summer’s World Cup, and he wasn’t at his best at times for Ajax in 2013/14, so Newcastle haven’t exactly signed an in-form player.
Ross McCormack: Leeds United to Fulham
While former Leeds striker Ross McCormack scored 28 goals for the Whites last season, his £11 million move to Fulham could see him fail to hit the heights expected of him.
Fulham had troubles with all their strikers last season, getting just five goals from Darren Bent, Hugo Rodallega and Kostas Mitroglou. McCormack has certainly made a big gamble in joining a side who have lost 12 players of 2013/14 already.
Emre Can: Bayer Leverkusen to Liverpool
While a talented midfielder in the German Bundesliga, Emre Can may not get too many games for Liverpool next season, as Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Lucas and Joe Allen are currently his competition for places in midfield.
Can is used to regular first-team football, as last season he made 29 league appearances for his former side, Bayer Leverkusen. But the 20-year-old could struggle to make half that for the Merseyside outfit, considering the quartet he has above him in the pecking order.