The excessive expectations from new recruits aren’t all the time mirrored of their performances on the sector because the struggles of these high-profile summer signings present:
GARETH BALE (TOTTENHAM)
The homecoming to Tottenham was meant to be Bale’s likelihood to revitalize a profession that stalled at Real Madrid even because the ahead received each main title.
Still solely 31 however vulnerable to harm layoffs, Bale has been unable to discover a constant run in a workforce he starred for earlier than securing the transfer to Madrid in 2013. Now the attacking menace comes most persistently from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
The announcement from Tottenham this week that Bale faces a “few weeks” out because of a calf drawback shouldn’t be the blow to the membership it would as soon as have appeared.
He has made just one Premier League begin since returning to Tottenham on a season-long mortgage in September, with Jose Mourinho often deploying him within the Europa League when key gamers will be rested from the beginning lineup.
The scoring intuition remains to be there, however his solely objectives so removed from open play have been a pair of headers. He might want to show his health and type within the second half of the season to safe an extended keep on the north London membership.
KAI HAVERTZ (CHELSEA)
Havertz arrived as the brand new sensation of German soccer however the 21-year-old ahead is struggling to justify his $92 million price ticket.
While the depth of the English recreation might be a step-up from what he skilled within the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, Havertz may also be the participant struggling most from Chelsea’s huge offseason overhaul that has left supervisor Frank Lampard looking for his finest mixtures and tactical method.
Indeed, Mason Mount, a fellow 21-year-old whose first-team probabilities appeared to have diminished following the arrival of Havertz and different attacking gamers, seems to be Lampard’s most popular choice in central attacking midfield, forward of Havertz.
Lampard is looking for endurance with Havertz, although, particularly with the participant having been hit exhausting by the results of the coronavirus after contracting it in November.
“Long term, I have no concerns,” Lampard mentioned of Havertz. “In fact, I feel quite the opposite, he’s going to be a huge player for this football club.”
DONNY VAN DE BEEK (MAN UNITED)
Van de Beek was United’s main low season buy at $46 million and the central mid-fielder appeared an odd signing on the time not as a result of of the worth tag or doubts about his potential, however as a result of of the workforce’s choices already in his place.
With Bruno Fernandes the first-choice No. 10, Paul Pogba capable of play in several midfield positions and the likes of Scott McTominay and Fred fulfilling the standards of a box-to-box midfielder, it was all the time going to be troublesome for Van de Beek to determine himself within the workforce.
He has began simply twice within the Premier League, and in a single of these video games, at West Ham, he lasted simply 45 minutes, and has principally come on as a late substitute, like on his debut when he scored a comfort purpose towards Crystal Palace.
That stays his solely purpose for United. He has had extra objectives (2) and begins (4) for the Netherlands in that interval.
RHIAN BREWSTER (SHEFFIELD UNITED)
Brewster was described by Sheffield United supervisor Chris Wilder as “one of the country’s hottest properties” when he joined for a club-record payment that was in extra of USD 30 million in October.
Aged 20 and tipped for nice issues whereas at Liverpool, the England under-21 striker moved in a bid to get common recreation time however has been out and in of Wilder’s lineup regardless of the workforce being reduce adrift in final place and the bottom scorer within the league.
Brewster hasn’t scored, both, and even appeared threatening in entrance of purpose.
Whether Sheffield United is the perfect aspect for Brewster is open to query. It is a hard-running, well-drilled workforce whose strikers have sometimes been bodily and selfless.
Brewster is extra of an instinctive participant, a pure goal-scorer who finishes off probabilities reasonably than getting concerned within the build-up. And confidence can’t be excessive given United has made one of the worst begins ever by a top-flight workforce.
After averaging seven objectives a season throughout his six-year stint at Chelsea, Willian is but to breed that type throughout London at Arsenal.
The Brazilian hasn’t scored a single purpose. While the 32-year-old winger has three assists, two got here in Arsenal’s opening-day win at Fulham in September.
But he’s nonetheless being began, when match, by Mikel Arteta. Willian’s struggles are reflective of your entire workforce he has joined. The north London membership, which final received the league in 2004, is 13th within the 20-team standings.