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Ranking The Five Worst Signings Of The 2018/19 Premier League Season

As the Premier League season nears its end, it is time to look back on the campaign that was, and more specifically some of the league’s new arrivals.

A whole host of teams added to their star-studded squads in the summer and winter transfer windows, but not all of them have lived up to the hype surrounding their arrivals.

Here, Pundit Arena ranks the five worst signings of the 2018/2019 Premier League season.


5) Joe Hart (Burnley)

Brought into Turf Moor following injuries to two other England internationals Nick Pope and Tom Heaton, Joe Hart has proven to be a dreadful addition to what used to be a solid Burnley defence.

Hart only cost the club £3.5 million which lightens the blow ever so slightly, however, during the first half of the season he conceded 41 goals in 19 games as Burnley found themselves unable to recreate their heroics from the previous campaign.

The former City man was dropped in favour of the returning Tom Heaton and only managed to keep four clean sheets behind what was an almost identical back four to the one Dyche used last season.

Struggling at 31, it’s difficult to see Hart staying at Turf Moor next season.


4) Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea)

It’s not a case of the Chelsea goalkeeper being actively bad between the sticks for Chelsea, but when you’re the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, being “not bad” really doesn’t cut it.

Chelsea’s season has been inconsistent under Sarri and the 24-year old Spaniard has struggled at times, looking like a step down from Thibaut Courtois as opposed to a step up.

Arrizabalaga’s display of contempt towards his manager during the Carabao Cup final also failed to do him any favours with the Chelsea faithful.

Their fans would have been expecting more for £71 million.


3) Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham)

Anguissa was one of a handful of Fulham’s many summer arrivals who could have made this list after an abysmal season at Craven Cottage which has seen the London club relegated despite spending over £100 million.

Signed for £30 million from Marseille, Anguissa has only made 17 appearances in the Premier League and Fulham managed to pick up just five points during the games he featured in.

The 23-year old also failed to register a goal or an assist for Fulham in a truly awful season for the Cottagers.


2) Alireza Jahanbaksh (Brighton)

Brighton’s record signing at £17 million, Jahanbaksh arrived at the Amex with quite the reputation.

The Iranian had been unstoppable for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie last season finishing as the division’s top goalscorer with 21 goals and laying on 12 assists for his teammates.

A hamstring injury caused the 26-year old to miss 10 games in the middle of the season but when he has played, Jahanbaksh has done very little of note.

In his eight starts and seven appearances off the bench, he has failed to register a goal or an assist for Chris Hughton’s side.


1) Fred (Manchester United)

The fourth most expensive signing in the history of Manchester United Football Club, Fred has failed to live up to his lofty price tag this season.

The Brazilian has struggled to nail down a starting berth at Old Trafford, making just 14 league appearances for the Red Devils, with four of them coming off the bench. 

Of those 14 league games he has appeared in, United have lost five with neither Jose Mourinho nor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly keen on the 26-year old.

His performance against PSG, however, was a bright spark and United fans will be hoping that he can deliver displays like that on a more regular basis.


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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here