Five failed signings of the season
With the season in its final stage, it is time to have a look all the signings of the season in the Premier League and Championship. As always, there are several players who arrived at clubs and lived up to expectation but there are some who came in with high potentials but were unable to cope with the intensity of the league.
In no particular order, here are five players who let their team down and failed to live up to expectation in the 2017-18 season.
England veteran Joe Hart certainly had hopes of reviving his dying career when he decided to sign for West Ham and secure a spot in England squad for World Cup in Russia this summer. Unfortunately for Hart, his career still remains in the dirt and it remains to be seen whether Gareth Southgate will include him in the team he is taking to Russia.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was integrated into the West Ham starting line-up before strings of poor performances saw him replaced by Adrian. Pep Guardiola’s rejection of Hart apparently inflicted some psychological damage on Hart as the man now seems a shadow of his former self on the pitch.
Hart regained his number one role later on in the season after Adrian loss form, and despite showing glimpses of the player he could be, Hart’s mistake still defines his career.
Ty Browning signed a loan deal for Sunderland from Everton last summer as the youngster looked to pick up some valuable first-team experience and aid the Black Cats’ top-flight ambition.
Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, the plan went awry as Sunderland are enduring one of their worst seasons in history, resigned to their fate at the bottom of the Championship table.
The centre-back has played 29 games this season for Sunderland and is a member of the defense team that conceded 80 goals. His failure this season might have excluded him from Sam Allardyce’s plans for the coming season.
Another loan player, Renato Sanches, has been woeful this season. Sanches arrived at Swansea with so many Premier League clubs hot on his chase.
Arriving from German giants Bayern Munich, the Euro 2016 champion was one of the biggest prospects in the game, but with luck working against the Swans, the youngster spent most of the season on the treatment table and had little to offer when he has played. Having played 15 games across all competitions for his loan club, it remains to be seen whether Swansea will take him on permanently. However, given his horrid season, he is most likely heading back to his parent club.
That being said, Carlos Carvalhal will be well aware of his compatriot’s full potentials and could be willing to offer Sanches a chance to resuscitate his career.
Scottish youngster Jason Cummings arrived Nottingham on the back of three outstanding seasons at Hibernian. However, the upgrade from Scottish football to English Championship proved too much for him to handle as the striker struggled to adjust quickly to the demands of EFL football.
Cummings was renowned for his goalscoring ability, however, his record of one goal in 14 appearances in the league for Forest forced the club to loan him out in January to Rangers - where he had no better luck. At 22, Cummings still has time to make an impression at Forest but will need to hit the ground running and recover his lost form if he wants to be a regular feature for the club next season.
Everton fans will have had high hopes at the prospect of Barcelona youth academy graduate Sandro Ramirez playing alongside Wayne Rooney this season. However, things panned out poorly for the Toffees.
Having scored 16 goals for Malaga in the previous season, Ramirez relocated to Goodison Park last summer but has so far failed to convince anyone of his skills. The 22-year-old has found the net just once since he signed for Everton.
Having failed to have any impact on the team’s play, he was quickly sent away on loan to Sevilla in January where he has fallen into more misfortunes, playing just two games for the Spanish outfit. Ramirez still has the better part of his career ahead of him and his career at Goodison Park could still be salvaged, but he cannot save face from his highly disappointing debut season on the shores of England.