10 Premier League transfer flops of the season including £160m Chelsea stars

The Premier League has finished with Manchester City crowned champions and Sheffield United, Fulham and West Brom relegated to the Championship.

And as happens every summer, an influx of stars from around the world have tasted life in the Premier League for the first time.

But not all of them have been successes amid a tough year in unprecedented circumstances.

The coronavirus has made life tough for footballers, living in bubbles away from family and friends – while some have switched between clubs in the Premier League.

And the Daily Star Sport are on hand to reveal the top 10 flops of the season here.

Kai Havertz

The most expensive transfer of the summer promised to transform Chelsea into a formidable attacking outfit.

That has failed to transpire, with just four goals in the Premier League and initially struggling to find a spot in the starting XI.

These are early days for the German but there are signs that this was nothing more than a transitional year.

Donny van de Beek

After so much excitement built over his arrival, it has been a year to forget for the Dutchman at Manchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is clearly not a fan and prefers Fred and Scott McTominay to the ex-Ajax star.

It remains to be seen where Van de Beek fits into his plans – or if a move away beckons.


Upon arrival, Willian revealed that Mikel Arteta had convinced him that he was set to be a huge part of a long-term plan to win the Champions League.

Arsenal will not be in Europe at all next season while fans have lamented the decision to select the former Chelsea star on a regular basis.

The Brazilian has scored just once in the Premier League – against West Brom – and reports indicate he wants to leave already.

Nathan Ake

Another big transfer that has failed to take off, the Dutchman joined City for £40m from Bournemouth but injuries and selection headaches have taken a toll.

The defender has made just 10 appearances in the Premier League, with John Stones and Ruben Dias firmly first-choice.

Pep Guardiola has an abundance of talent at the Etihad, so where Ake fits in seems tricky.

Alex Telles

With Solskjaer worried over Luke Shaw's form and fitness, a left-back was top of the order in the summer with Telles signing from Porto.

The defender scored 13 and assisted 12 last year for the Dragons but has made just nine appearances in the league this year.

With Shaw proving everyone wrong, including his manager, Telles will continue to play a bit-part role at Old Trafford.

Rhian Brewster

Sheffield United put all their eggs in this basket when they splashed a whopping £20m for Brewster's services.

It has backfired spectacularly, with the ex- Liverpool star failing to score a single goal as the Blades finished bottom.

However, a year in the Championship could do the forward the world of good – a competition he performed well in for Swansea.

Kostas Tsimikas

It was always going to be tough for the Greek to make an impact at Anfield with Andy Robertson firmly first-choice at Liverpool.

However, Jurgen Klopp has neglected the defender even by those standards – amounting just five minutes in the Premier League.

At 25, the former Olympiacos star may find that his future is best served away from Merseyside.

Michy Batshuayi

Crystal Palace fans would not be at fault to see the return of Batshuayi after a successful loan spell in 2019 where he scored five in 11 appearances.

But it has been the complete opposite this time round, netting just two for the Eagles.

It has gone so badly that Roy Hodgson was forced into signing another striker on loan in the form of Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Jamal Lewis

After a move to Liverpool fell through, Newcastle ramped up their efforts to land the former Norwich star.

It was tipped as a great signing from Steve Bruce but a shoddy start to the season saw him lose his first-team spot.

In the last 11 games of the Premier League season, Lewis managed to play just six minutes of action.

Matt Doherty

Some brilliant displays for Wolves saw a £15m move to Tottenham go ahead in the summer, which was praised as a bargain at the time.

With a right-back what was needed, the Irishman was tipped to be a great success in north London.

But that failed to transpire, managing just 17 Premier League appearances and his future in doubt amid a new coach incoming.

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