To say the least, the summer transfer window of 2021 was thrilling. Despite a pandemic-affected market, there were a lot of high-profile moves. To attain victory, the clubs went all out in bringing in desired footballers ahead of the upcoming season. New signings, on the other hand, run the risk of not yielding quick results.
Regardless of their talent or previous accomplishments, some players take time to acclimatize to their new circumstances. It takes time and effort for new colleagues to find their feet and develop synergy. Similarly, there have been a few footballers who have failed to make an impact since their summer signings.
There are numerous elements that contribute to a poor performance. It could be a variety of variables, such as fitness, a lack of knowledge of new competitors, a new style of play, or a combination of things. The top five footballers who have struggled since switching to new teams are listed below.
1. Lionel Messi
In one of the most famous trades of all time, the Argentine superstar left FC Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain. Messi's exit from Barcelona, where he has won numerous awards and established a legacy, has generated quite a stir. Due to a variety of circumstances, Messi was able to join PSG in Ligue 1 on a free transfer. PSG's popularity skyrocketed as a result of the move, and the club added possibly the biggest treasure in a star-studded lineup.
Despite this, Messi has failed to settle in at his new team. In his first three outings for the club, he has yet to score or contribute an assist. After failing to win their first UCL game against Club Brugge, PSG fans have been critical of the team's overall performance. Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, and Lionel Messi's front-three were unable to secure the three points.
Furthermore, Mauricio Pochettino subbed Lionel Messi in the 76th minute of his first start in Ligue 1. While making his way to the bench, the 34-year-old appeared extremely unhappy and did not shake the manager's hand.
2. Jadon Sancho
In the summer of 2021, the 21-year-move old's to Manchester United was completed. Sancho's two-year transfer drama with Borussia Dortmund came to an end after both teams agreed on a €85 million transfer price, making him one of the most expensive moves in Premier League history. The arrival of the Englishman at Old Trafford sparked a wave of excitement among the club's supporters. Sancho's Manchester United career, on the other hand, is yet to take off.
Jadon Sancho has only played six times for the club and has yet to score or assist. Furthermore, in his first six outings, he has yet to play the entire 90 minutes in a game, which could be detrimental to his confidence. A player of Sancho's caliber, on the other hand, would not want to be out of the spotlight for too long.
3. Ben White
In the summer transfer window, the Englishman was the sixth most expensive signing. The center-back joined Arsenal for €58.50 million from Brighton & Hove Albion, making him the fifth most expensive British transfer. Mikel Arteta intended to revamp the defense, and White was a vital part of that. Fans had high hopes for the defender, but his first few months at Arsenal have been rough. Ben White's Arsenal debut was a disaster. The team was defeated by newly promoted Brentford in their Premier League debut.
The supporters struggled to accept a two-goal defeat, and White was also chastised for his lack of aerial ability. Due to a COVID-19 infection, the 23-year-old missed the next two games, both of which were losses. His last two performances, both of which ended in victories and clean sheets, represent a significant step forward. Arsenal's performance is still unimpressive, and their defense, along with Ben White, must establish consistency.
4. Andre Silva
The Portuguese midfielder joined RB Leipzig from Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of the 2021/22 season. Last season, he had a fantastic league season with Frankfurt, scoring 28 goals (second most in the league) and eight assists in 32 league appearances. Silva, on the other hand, has not yet made an impression on his new employers.
The 25-year-old has only scored one goal in seven appearances in all competitions. Perhaps the striker will need some time to adjust to a new squad and teammates. However, his debut with RB Leipzig has been less than stellar. The team is going through a difficult time after losing their manager and key players over the summer.
5. Eric Garcia
In the summer transfer window, the teenager moved from Manchester City to FC Barcelona. After his contract with the Premier League giants expired, the 20-year-old left on a free transfer. The center-long-held back's dream of joining the La Liga club has finally come true, but it hasn't gone off without a hitch.
He has only won once in his first four outings for the Blaugrana and has yet to keep a clean sheet. Garcia also appeared in a match for the UEFA Champions League against Bayern Munich. Garcia played 66 minutes in the game, which ended in a 0-3 loss at home. The young defender is clearly a member of a team that is suffering on all fronts. His ifforts have been emblematic of FC Barcelona's general disarray.
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