Premier League transfers in the 2023/2024 season usually involve great sums of money and big expectations. Not all of these players have fared as well as expected, while a small minority have even exceeded predictions.
With a view to statistics and fantasy football stats, we look at the best and the worst transfers in the EPL. To keep things fair, we’ve looked at transfer over roughly the last 12 months, a decent enough time for footballers to settle in at their new clubs.
The Worst Premier League Transfers in the 2023/2024 Season
Antony Santos – Manchester United –£85.6m
Antony is technically a signing of the 2022/23 season. But criticizing him last season would’ve felt unfair. We needed some time to get adjusted to what he can do. Only now can we safely call Antony one of the poorest transfers of the Premier League era.
This is not entirely a matter of the price tag associated with his transfer. It has more to do with the fact that the Brazilian is capable of losing the ball seemingly in the exact same scenarios time and time again. It’s because Antony has not scored or assisted this entire season and that he has managed -0.4 in his last FootballCoin contest appearance.
Mykhaylo Mudryk– €70.00m
Mykhaylo Mudryk may be on the verge of finally coming good on his promise. If he does, his performances will need to be spectacular to merit his incredible price tag. Across the past year, the Ukrainian has dreadful stats related to shots, shot-creating actions, or assists.
In FootballCoin, Mudryk has managed 165 points, and it’s hard to see Chelsea managing to cut their losses anytime soon.
Marc Cucurella – Chelsea – £55m
Chelsea is the only club that rivals Manchester United for dubious, expensive transfers. Cucurella is a fine player. However, he was brought in from Brighton mainly at the request of the long-departed Graham Potter. This season, the Spaniard has made 4 appearances for the Blues but failed to make much of an impact.
Moises Caicedo – Chelsea – €116.00m
Moises Caicedo was part of a fierce transfer war involving Liverpool and Chelsea. In the end, Chelsea won his signature, but Liverpool won by avoiding signing him, it seems. The 22-year-old has eight largely poor performances for the London side. He has earned a respectable 267 points in FootballCoin. But his price tag still makes us wonder if the Chelsea hierarchy did not jump to conclusions about Caicedo’s world-class status.
Kai Havertz – Arsenal – €75m
Kai Havertz has been a frustrating transfer to Arsenal. While clearly a gifted player, the German has struggled since arriving in the EPL; Many believe Arsenal overpaid for Havertz. While his performances are improving, he is yet to look like a €75m.
Mason Mount – Manchester United – €64.2m
Mason Mount was one of the most heralded young English players. But unlike Jude Bellingham or Declan Rice, his career has stalled. Manchester United overpaid to get him to Old Trafford in a classic panic buy. We expect Mount’s performances to get better. But, still, United ought to do better business.
Romeo Lavia – Chelsea – €62.2m
Romeo Lavia looked like Liverpool’s alternative to failing to sign Moises Caicedo. But then, Chelsea swooped in for both players. Yes, yes, Lavia has not featured in any of Chelsea’s games due to injury. But this may be the point. Do rich clubs that can avoid buying players really need to get every player that is made available to them?
Jorginho – Arsenal – €11.30m
Jorginho wasn’t an expensive transfer per se. But, given his incredible passing abilities, it has been surprising how much the Brazilian-born player’s performances have declined over the past few months. At the moment, he does not offer the kind of cover Mikel Arteta hoped that he would.