The month of September was a frustrating month for the Premier League's most expensive signings of this season.
The top three most expensive signings had a month to forget in September. As a matter of fact, of the top 5 most expensive EPL signings of last summer, only Ben White was impressive for his club last month.
**Ben White was in good form for Arsenal in September
We take a look at why each of the top three most expensive Premier League signings of this season struggled for form in September.
Jack Grealish (Manchester City)
Jack Grealish started his Manchester City career well in August after losing the first two games with his new club. However, September was a month to forget for him.
He played a total of 5 matches for City in September and only completed 2 of them. The only game he was able to make considerable impact was in the 6-3 win over RB Leipzig in the UCL as he scored and provided an assist in the game.
The truth is that Grealish isn't fully settled at City and hasn't fully adapted to Guardiola's playing style. As a matter of fact, it appears to be that the only reason why Pep Guardiola is still persistent in starting him for all games is because of his price tag.
Given more time, he is going to settle but the earlier he does so the better as he has Raheem Sterling already breathing down his neck.
Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)
Romelu Lukaku was in hot form when he began the second spell of his Chelsea career in August, scoring goals for fun. He carried over the good form to the beginning of September as he scored 2 good goals in Chelsea's 3-0 win over Aston Villa. He also scored the winner in the following match against Zenit and that was it for the month.
Lukaku went on a run of 4 consecutive games in the rest of September without scoring or assisting a goal. He faced two major problems during this period.
One, the opposition defenders have quickly identified his quality and are man marking him with two defenders. Secondly, Chelsea's attacking midfielder's were poor for most of the month as they starved the striker of scoring chances.
Lukaku is a world class strikers and will definitely score lots of goals for Chelsea. The blues will he hoping he returns to form immediately after the international break.
Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)
It's very difficult for a young player to move from the Bundesliga to the EPL and adapt quickly, especially with the burden of being a marquee signing.
Kai Havertz (and Timo Werner) found out how difficult this can be last season at Chelsea.
It's no different for Jadon Sancho so far in his Manchester United career as he is finding it difficult to adapt to the Premier League, coming from the Bundesliga. With time, he will show his quality at Old Trafford but the fans will be hoping this happens as soon as possible.
Perhaps, Pep Guardiola was right not to rush him into the first team at Manchester City. Perhaps, Sancho was also right to leave for the Bundesliga where he could develop further. The world will find out soon enough if United were right to splash the cash on him last summer.
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