Top 7 Worst Premier League Signings of the 2023/24 Season

Top 7 Worst Premier League Signings of the 2023/24 Season

Fred Kennedy
May 21, 2024 at 4:00 PM
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  • Premier League clubs spent massively during the 2023 summer transfer window
  • Arsenal are among the top clubs who spent big with the acquisition of Declan Rice
  • While some of the signings lived up to their expectations, many outrightly flopped

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The 2023/24 Premier League season is finally done and dusted.

The campaign officially ended on Sunday, May 19, with Manchester City being crowned the Champions.

The season was marked with incredible performances from several players, with some clubs reaping big from marquee signings they made during the 2023 summer transfer window and the January 2024 winter window.

Mason Mount headlines a list of the 2023/24 Premier League signings who flopped. Photo by Michael Regan.
Mason Mount headlines a list of the 2023/24 Premier League signings who flopped. Photo by Michael Regan.
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For context, Cole Palmer, Declan Rice, Alexis Mac Allister, David Raya, and Kai Havertz are among the players who lived up to their billing.

According to Goal, Chelsea splashed an eyewatering £42.5million to land the services of Palmer from Manchester City.

Rice, meanwhile, was the most expensive signing of the 2023 summer window, with the Gunners forking out £100milli to sign him from West Ham United.

However, quite a number of players failed to make their mark despite the high hopes placed on them after their transfers.

Sports Brief takes a look at the top 10 signings of the 2023/24 Premier League season who flopped.

7. Rob Holding (Arsenal to Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace sealed what appeared to have been one of the smartest transfer deals when they paid just £2 million to sign Rob Holding from Arsenal.

However, the 28-year-old has struggled to break into the starting lineup, finding himself behind Joachim Andersen and Chris Richards.

Holding's only appearance this season came in a 3-0 League Cup defeat to Manchester United, where he received a yellow card.

6. Armando Broja (Fulham to Chelsea - loan)

Having failed to secure a starting place at Stamford Bridge, GiveMeSport reports that Armando Broja was sent on loan to Fulham.

However, Broja's time at Craven Cottage was not fruitful. With only 80 minutes played, he often found himself behind Raul Jimenez and Rodrigo Muniz in the pecking order.

5. Sofyan Amrabat (Fiorentina to Manchester United)

Manchester United brought in Sofyan Amrabat on loan from Fiorentina in a bid to address their midfield issues.

However, the 27-year-old Moroccan, who impressed at the 2022 World Cup, has not been able to consistently showcase his talent due to limited playing time.

United have already opted against making his deal permanent.

4. Matheus Nunes (Wolves to Man City)

Pep Guardiola described Matheus Nunes as "one of the world's best players" prior to his move to the Etihad Stadium.

However, the 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder played a less significant role in Manchester City's title charge, managing only seven Premier League starts.

While Nunes possesses talent, he hasn't quite hit the right knots with Man City.

3. Ansu Fati (Barcelona to Brighton - loan)

Previously touted as a potential successor to Lionel Messi when he inherited the No. 10 shirt at Barcelona, Ansu Fati's rise has all but stalled for months now.

Injuries and the emergence of Lamina Yamal have greatly impacted his progress, with the Spaniard forced to join Brighton on loan.

The 21-year-old Spaniard arrived at Brighton with a bang, scoring twice in his first five games.

However, injuries struck again and eventually affected the progress of the young talent.

2. Kalvin Phillips (Man City to West Ham - loan)

In January 2024, Kalvin Phillips moved to West Ham United on loan with the aim of playing more regularly.

However, his short stint did not turn out as expected.

Costly errors against Bournemouth and Manchester United hampered his early progress, with manager David Moyes limiting the England international to only 319 minutes during his spell at the London Stadium.

1. Mason Mount (Chelsea to Man United)

Mason Mount was one of the biggest Premier League transfers of the 2023 summer window.

Manchester United shelled out £60 million for his services, hoping the Chelsea academy product would be a key contributor.

However, injuries have greatly affected his dream move, with the youngster failing to play any significant role in United's overall underwhelming campaign.

Mount has scored just one goal in 14 Premier League appearances.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.