5 summer signings who must prove their worth in the BPL

Asif Mithani
By Asif Mithani January 13, 2016 12:28

5 summer signings who must prove their worth in the BPL

The January transfer window is now open as the Premier League clubs prepare themselves to spend heavy. Some teams desperately wanted this, while others can wait for the summer of 2016.

But before the drama of winter transfer unfolds, let us discuss how the summer signings have fared so far. There have been players, who are worth every penny.

On the other hand, there are disappointments as some players are finding life difficult in the world’s best league. It indeed is hard to settle, when the nature is so much competitive.

Here are some expensive names that are yet to make a mark in this cutthroat league:

Roberto Firmino

Hoffenheim to Liverpool, £ 29million
The Brazilian looked like a priced asset for his performances in the Bundesliga. Clubs like Manchester United were in line for his signature. Though, Liverpool ended up winning the battle.

So far, the 24 year old hasn’t done enough to impress the Anfield crowd on a regular basis. The quality performances are few and far between.

His only above average game was against former champions Machester City. He now has 3 assists and 1 goal for the reds.

If Liverpool are hoping to finish in the top four, the Brazilian must fire in full force. He clearly needs to contribute more as the Premier League quest rolls on.


Florian Thauvin

Marseille to Newcastle, £12million

The levels of expectations are always high, when you are associated with an English club. Fans these days carry an eagle eye as the media provides with a microscopic view of the performance.

Impatient fans have their own history at Newcastle. Remember the time, when Alan Pardew was so brutally booed by his own crowd. Some fans went one step ahead by launching a website that suggested sacking Pardew.

Currently, the club is in the relegation zone and aims for survival. The life in Premier League gets tough as the end reaches near. Thauvin must start performing as it is crucial for him and his club.

He made his debut against Manchester United in a 0-0 draw. However, for Thauvin, life in England has been tough as he looks for regular starting role.


Memphis Depay

PSV to Manchester United, £25million

The Dutchman was under United’s radar right after a thrilling display in the 2014 Fifa World Cup. The biggest fan base in the world expected the PSV man to flourish under Louis Van Gaal.

At first, Depay was given the role behind the striker where he struggled. Then came a high point in his United career, when he scored a brace in the Champions League qualifier and assisted a late goal for Fellaini.

However, the overall performance chart shows that the promise shown is hardly fulfilled. The iconic number 7 shirt brings along huge pressure and Depay has failed to deal with it.

The season is far from over; the 21 year old must work hard not only on his game, but also on his attitude towards it.



Barcelona to Chelsea, £21.1million

Pedro was undoubtedly a success story in Spain. Though, it was next to impossible to make the cut in the final 11 with Suarez, Neymar and Messi as attacking options.

It was time for him to move on and the Premier League clubs were ready to pay heavily. Nearly a red devil, Pedro ended up at the bridge and started in top gear against West Brom.

Since that point, Pedro is not threatening enough for the opposition. He seems to be regretting his decision of leaving Barcelona. With Hazard going through a barren period, its Pedro’s time to finally shine.


Bastian Schweinsteiger

Bayern Munich to Manchester United, £14.5million

The German International played a huge role in Bayern’s success over the years. Not only that, the midfield maestro has managed to win the World Cup. However, life at Old Trafford is not going as per planned yet.

He is not the attacking threat he used to be. Moreover, he is reluctant to shoot and is playing more sideway passes.

The killer instinct is missing as United desperately need it in the heart of midfield. His experience needs to come handy if United are to win a trophy in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Bastian Schweinsteiger



Asif Mithani
By Asif Mithani January 13, 2016 12:28


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