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EPL: Five worst transfers in 2015/16

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With the 2015/16 EPL campaign almost at its halfway stage, it is beginning to get a little clearer as to which clubs have struck the right deals in the summer.

While EPL clubs have made some fantastic transfer deals over the years, they have also blundered and wasted a lot of money on worthless players. So based on what we have witnessed in the EPL so far this season, here are the five worst transfers this summer.

Radamel Falcao (Monaco to Chelsea)

It is absolutely no surprise to see Falcao make this list as everyone (except Jose Mourinho probably) knew that the Colombian would again be a big flop in the EPL this season.

No one knows why Chelsea forked out €8.3m to sign Falcao on a season-long loan deal, especially after the Colombian had endured a very disappointing season at Manchester United in 2014/15.

Falcao, who was once upon a time the nightmare of every defender, seems to have lost his touch, with the striker failing to impress for two consecutive seasons.

While Falcao managed to score only 4 goals from 26 EPL appearances for Manchester United in 2014/15, he has only managed one Premier League goal (from nine appearances) for the Blues so far.

Although the Colombian still has time to prove himself at Chelsea, it is unlikely that the Blues will want him beyond this season.

Papy Djilobodji (Nantes to Chelsea)

After Falcao, Djilobodji is another baffling summer signing by Chelsea considering the 27-year-old is neither young nor well-known.

Despite former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admitting that Djilobodji was “not his choice” target this summer,  he went on to add that he had full faith in the judgement of his scouts.

However, Djilobodji has not been given much first team opportunities since his arrival to Stamford Bridge, with the defender only making a single Capital One Cup appearance for the club so far this season.

Although the Blues only spent a reported £2.7 million on 27-year-old, he is definitely not one of their better signings this summer.

Florian Thauvin (Marseille to Newcastle United)

Although Newcastle have managed to get a number of talented players from France over the years, they seem to have clearly made a bad deal this summer by spending £12 million on Marseille’s Thauvin.

Apart from his impressive display against League two side Northampton Town in the second round of the Capital One Cup, the 22-year-old has been very disappointing at Newcastle this season, with him failing to score or assist a single goal in the EPL so far.

If Thauvin continues to underperform, the Magpies may be forced to cut their losses by selling him in the January transfer window.

 Christian Benteke (Aston Villa to Liverpool)

After Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert’s dismal performances in 2014/15, Benteke was supposed to be the answer to Liverpool’s woes in front of goal, when he completed a sensational £32.5 million switch from Villa Park to Anfield this summer.

However, the only thing that the striker managed to do was get Brendan Rodgers sacked. The Belgian, who always managed to get goals during his time at Aston Villa, has been far from impressive this season, finding the nets only 4 times from 13 appearances in the EPL.

Nevertheless, Benteke still has a chance to prove himself as the current season has only reached the midway stage.

Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United)

Depay was one of the players tipped to take the EPL by storm this season, following  his impressive form in the Dutch league in 2014/15. He was even handed the iconic number 7 shirt (worn by the likes of Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo) at Old Trafford.

However, apart from a handful of impressive performances in the Champions League, the 21-year-old has done little to justify his £25 million price tag.

The Dutch forward has been especially poor in the Premier League, managing only two goals in 13 appearances so far.

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