January was a fairly quiet transfer window, with most clubs exercising caution before adding to their squads.
But that doesn’t mean deals weren’t made, with the likes of Erling Haaland and Takumi Minamino two of the standout transfers to get over the line. However, such is the fast-paced nature of modern football, it’s understandable if any major acquisitions made in previous transfer windows are now already forgotten.
That being said, the 2019 summer market produced a number of big moves, notably Manchester United making Harry Maguire the world’s most expensive defender.
His switch aside, there are a number of purchases which haven’t exactly turned out well and we’ve looked at 10 which may have slipped your memory below.
1. Ravel Morrison
“Ravel is an undoubted talent and we are delighted that we have put together a deal that suits all parties”
Chris Wilder on Ravel Morrison 🔴 pic.twitter.com/MLIiodDV3U
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 16, 2019
From: Östersunds FK
To: Sheffield United
Sir Alex Ferguson rated Ravel Morrison extremely highly when coming up through Man Utd’s esteemed academy. External factors, though, curtailed any progress into United’s first-team and he’d ultimately join West Ham before undergoing a series of loan spells that ended with a transfer to Lazio and more temporary stays elsewhere. Just when it seemed he was settled at Swedish outfit Östersunds, the Mancunian midfielder joined Sheffield United but has rarely featured in Chris Wilder’s impressive outfit. To date, he’s made four appearances in all competitions including a 12-minute Premier League cameo against Leicester City last August and now finds himself on loan at Middlesbrough. A steep drop for the midfielder dubbed unlucky by former Man Utd academy teammate Josh King.
2. Patrick Roberts
From: Manchester City
To: Norwich City
Much has been spoken about Manchester City’s youth program since firmly establishing themselves as one of English football’s dominant forces. Pep Guardiola, who knows a thing or two about promoting from within, is now giving plenty of minutes to the likes of Phil Foden but someone who’s quickly being forgotten is ex-Fulham youngster, Patrick Roberts, whom many touted for big things. He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Celtic a while back, however, it’s been hopping from one club to another following that brief period of success. Roberts would join Premier League-bound Norwich City last summer on loan but the London-born winger could only muster four appearances before, just like Morrison, temporarily moving to Middlesbrough this January.
3. Oliver Burke
From: West Brom
Another youngster many earmarked for big things. Oliver Burke, who came through at Nottingham Forest, made headlines in August 2016 when he swapped the City Ground for RB Leipzig, whose reputation for developing young footballers was already well renowned. His time in Germany, though, was a tad disappointing having made 26 total appearances before returning to England and joining West Brom. But even this move hasn’t been a success for the Scotland international. Burke, who only turned 23 in April, would leave for Celtic on loan and last summer moved to Deportivo Alavés, where he’s only started seven La Liga games to date.
4. Baba Rahman
To: Mallorca (on loan)
A forgotten name at Stamford Bridge. It was during the 2015/16 season many felt the Ghanaian left-back would establish himself as a Chelsea regular. His move to England came on the back of impressive showings for FC Augsburg, but since his one Premier League season to date, he’s returned to Germany (representing Schalke 04) and played in France with Reims before joining Mallorca on loan last summer where his playing time has been cut short by another injury.
5. Yassin Fekir
To: Real Betis
Nabil Fekir, who came tantalisingly close to Liverpool in 2018, raised a few eyebrows when he switched boyhood club Lyon for Real Betis, but he wasn’t the only Fekir to call Los Verdiblancos home as younger brother Yassin also made the move from southern France. Unlike big bro, he’s currently plying his trade on loan at Club Deportivo Guijuelo.
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6. Rony Lopes
Rony Lopes never really made the grade at Man City leaving England with five appearances under his belt. His time in France, though, was impressive. The two-time Portugal international forward amassed 33 goals across 154 outings for Monaco and Lille which no doubt piqued a few club’s interests. Sevilla, who under the supervision of sporting director Monchi made a habit from purchasing from Ligue 1, moved for Lopes last summer but he’s seldom featured since.
7. Martin Skrtel
— Atalanta B.C. (@Atalanta_BC) August 9, 2019
Blink and you would have missed him. In one of the more bizarre summer transfers, Martin Skrtel, who has enjoyed a modest career following his Liverpool departure in 2016, signed for Atalanta from Fenerbahce on August 9 before returning to Turkey by joining Istanbul Basaksehir less than a month later. Skrtel’s side currently sit joint-top of the Turkish Super Lig.
8. Rachid Ghezzal
— ACF Fiorentina (@acffiorentina) September 3, 2019
From: Leicester City
Strong competition on the flanks meant it was best for all parties that Rachid Ghezzal looked for somewhere else to play this season. He made 23 appearances for Leicester City in 2018/19 following his move from Monaco; the former Lyon man joined Fiorentina on a season-long loan in the summer that includes an option to sign him permanently, but the Algeria international has, to date, started just three times in Serie A.
9. Timothy Weah
From: Paris Saint-Germain
Being the son of a footballing icon is not easy. Some have managed to escape that shadow and for a while, it seemed Timothy Weah – son of 1995 Ballon d’Or winner George – was on course to do so. Lille felt like the perfect destination after leaving the bright lights of Paris Saint-Germain (where playing time would have been limited) but an unfortunate muscle injury restricted him to just three appearances.
10. Ander Herrera
From: Manchester United
To: Paris Saint-Germain
After 189 appearances and three major trophies across five seasons, Ander Herrera was allowed to leave Manchester United last summer, joining French champions PSG on a free transfer. At the time, United fans came out in droves to question the move but almost a year on, does it really look like such a bad decision?
According to Transfermarkt, Herrera has missed a total of 22 games during his maiden campaign with PSG thanks to thigh, hamstring, foot and calf injuries. That, coupled with having to go up against the likes of Marco Verratti and Idrissa Gueye for a starting place, has restricted him to just six Ligue 1 starts. Meanwhile, Scott McTominay and Fred have formed a great partnership at the base of the United midfield, while their capture of Bruno Fernandes has increased their production in the final third tenfold.