Everyone has spoken about how much Manchester United have spent in the transfer window but all the players they have brought have a certain pedigree and could lead them to Premier League success if not European this season.
They Manchester club have spent a load but they are not the only ones who have bet big on certain players and some of them might not be able to make it big in the Premier League. The competition is not the easiest and here are three players that could be feeling the heat at the end of the season as they could end up as big money flops.
Tottenham needed some cover for their star striker Harry Kane and they brought in last season’s top scorer from the Eredivisie Vincent Janssen. A lot was bet on the 22-year-old striker but he just has not done enough in the first two games.
He did get into good positions but something does seem to be missing from the former Alkmaar man. Janssen was brought into the London club for €22 million, which does not seem to be a bad deal at the moment but unless he gets his scoring boots on in the upcoming weeks, a lot would be asked about the Dutch striker and also the transfer dealings of Mauricio Pochettino.
Janssen could end up on a purple patch in the next few games but he could also turn out to be a massive flop at the club, something that players like Son Heung-Min and even Clinton N’Jie have had to deal with based on their performances last season.
While many believe that Pep Guardiola is one of the best managers in the world, it was a massive surprise to see Manchester City spend €55.6 million on the former Everton defender. Stones might have a lot of potential but he certainly is not worth that amount, even though one of the longest transfer sagas, which began last season, finally ended.
Stones is not a player worth that much money and he has a history of cracking under pressure. Last season was a debacle for the 22-year-old centre-back as he made too many mistakes under Roberto Martinez and even his head was not in the right place.
Manchester City could have gotten better defenders for that price and Stones could actually be a big failure if he does not live up to his billing. This could be the real test for the English defender and even for the acumen and training ability of Pep Guardiola.
The former Newcastle player was a surprise pick by Jurgen Klopp into the team and a couple of games later, there are a lot of questions about just what the 25-year-old attacking midfielder provides to the team.
Wijnaldum was not the only poor player against Burnley on Saturday but he certainly did himself no favours and was wasteful a lot of times. The Dutch attacker needs to step up and with Liverpool paying close to €28 million for Wijnaldum; they would want him to get clicking soon.
Liverpool already have the likes of Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino and with no European football, it could be Wijnaldum who stays on the bench and that would be a sorry return on the amount being spent on him.