Premier league Analysis of five of them
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In what could have been one of the most bizarre transfer windows in the history of European football due to the overall COVID-19 crisis, Premier League clubs did not hesitate to spend big on signings this summer.
While some of the imports have hit the ground running in this first stretch of the season, there are others which have been either held back by injuries or have struggled to adapt to their new environment.
Here, we look at five of them.
Premier League reigning champions Liverpool have seen their biggest signing Thiago Alcantara featuring just twice in the 2019/20 campaign due to injury setbacks and coronavirus.
The Spain international, therefore, still hasn’t been able to show England what he can do.
One signing who has hit the ground running has been Ferran Torres, as Pep Guardiola has converted the winger into a false No.9 and the former Valencia man has already netted seven times in England and Europe for Manchester City.
While Ferran’s talent was well known, few expected him to adapt to the English game quite so soon.
Chelsea were the team who spend bigger than any other English side last summer, yet following a decent start to the season, they have experienced a drop-in form in the last few weeks.
While Edouard Mendy and Thiago Silva have settled quickly, some of the attacking imports have struggled and Timo Werner is one of them.
Although the former RB Leipzig man started brightly and has eight goals to his name, he hasn’t scored in his past 11 matches for the Blues.
Manchester United haven’t seen any of their big summer signings standing out on the pitch yet.
Free agent signing Edinson Cavani has scored three goals and assisted another two in eight Premier League games, while neither Alex Telles nor Donny van de Beek have managed to establish themselves into the starting XI either.
Fitness setbacks have held Thomas Partey from showcasing his talent at an unconvincing Arsenal side, who are attempting a re-build under Mikel Arteta.
The midfielder has played just 277 Premier League minutes because of his injury issues, which isn’t much more than the 199 minutes he managed in LaLiga Santander before his departure from Atletico Madrid.