On Wednesday evening, the summer transfer window slammed shut, with spending at an all-time high and a few dramatic deadline day deals to keep us all on our toes.
Plenty of clubs spent wisely, but some deals don’t seem to make an awful lot of sense. Here’s KICK’s Top 5 worst deals of the window, starting with Bournemouth’s record signing…
5. Jordon Ibe to Bournemouth
The Cherries made one of the best signings of the summer 2016 window when they brought in Jack Wilshere on deadline day. Yes, believe it or not, Jack Wilshere is now a Bournemouth player who might be subject to a relegation battle! It’s a step down for the England midfielder, but a brilliant acquisition for the south coast club.
But earlier in the window, Bournemouth spent a club-record £15m on Liverpool’s Jordon Ibe. This is great for those, like Jamie Redknapp, who believe the 20-year-old is better than Raheem Sterling, and he will certainly give Eddie Howe more options.
However, the vast majority of fans seem to feel that £15m is a steep price for a player who has just a few good games under his belt. His slow start to the season has confirmed early suspicions…
Would rather have 15million pounds worth of traffic cones than Jordon Ibe. #gamesgone
— Ciarán Donnelly (@Ciaro67) August 21, 2016
@spurs_report still can't believe a bunch of adults got together and decided to pay 15 mil for Jordon Ibe.
— blank (@AlienatorDr) August 21, 2016
Jordon Ibe is an idiot boy. Very stupid footballer. Just watching him is annoying me, brain dead guy. Can't believe we got £15m for him
— FΔHI (@feeFahifofum) August 21, 2016
Imagine your team's record signing being Jordan Ibe 😭😭😭
— Ser Jimathon (@jiminator4) August 21, 2016
To make matters worse, Liverpool were even able to persuade Bournemouth to build buy-back and sell-on clauses into the contract. Oh dear.
4. Enner Valencia to Everton
It wasn’t an entirely successful transfer window for Everton.
In the same window in which they lost star defender Jon Stones, they made puzzling moves for Maarten Stekelenburg and Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie—the former apparently being worth over £25m in this bizarre modern Premier League economy.
But the Toffees also missed out on a large variety of transfer targets, including Napoli’s Manolo Gabbiadini, Lamine Kone, Juan Mata, Axel Witsel, Yacine Brahimi and Newcastle’s want-away midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Everton failed to sign any of those targets and when it became clear they had lost the “battle” for Sissoko (more on him shortly) they announced a season-long loan deal for Enner Valencia.
Yes, the same Enner Valencia who makes West Ham fans shudder when you mention his name.
— Simon Dawkins (@simondawkins23) September 1, 2016
Waking up and realising Enner Valencia isn't a West Ham player anymore. pic.twitter.com/zNQcoqAYLQ
— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) September 1, 2016
We can make a profit on Enner Valencia😂😂😂
Everton could give us £16m in total including the loan fee and permanent fee.
— IronsHome (@Irons_Home) September 1, 2016
Everton have paid a £1.5m loan fee and will be covering all of his wages this season. They also have the option to make a permanent £14.5m deal. An option they surely will not take.
3. Hal Robson-Kanu to West Brom
Hal Robson-Kanu was one of the stars of Euro 2016, grabbing the world’s attention by scoring a the goal of the tournament against Belgium. Incredibly, the Welshman scored that goal just days after being released by Championship side Reading. Even more incredibly, it took the 27-year-old until deadline day to find a club.
That club was West Brom, who have given him a two-year deal. Which makes absolutely no sense.
When news of his deal broke, Twitter was quick to point out that his goalscoring record in the lower leagues is less than exemplary…
West Brom signing Hal Robson-Kanu scored 4 goals in his last 61 league games for Reading…
In the Championship! pic.twitter.com/OGZPswtZC8
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) September 1, 2016
Hal Robson-Kanu: Has scored 8 goals in his last 95 league appearances pic.twitter.com/tuv1L1IkBq
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 24, 2016
Moments after Robson-Kanu came on board, Rickie Lambert was allowed to leave for Cardiff. So, the Baggies let a proven top-flight goalscorer go for someone who struggled to get into Reading’s team in the Premier League three years ago.
Work that one out.
2. David Luiz to Chelsea
If anyone knows what Chelsea’s transfer policy is these days could they raise their hand?
Antonio Conte has clearly been frustrated by the club’s transfer activity—or lack thereof—and has seen approaches for the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly fall through.
For the first four games of the season, the Blues only had four fit senior defenders. It was clear that they needed a world-class centre-back to step in. They need someone safe and reliable at the back. They needed someone who could be a linchpin in a back three or a back four.
But instead they ended up with David Luiz.
The Brazilian defender resigned from Paris Saint-Germain for £34m, just days after he was substituted in a Ligue 1 clash with Monaco after giving away a careless penalty.
French journalist Julien Laurens is among those who believes Luiz is a much worse player then when he left Chelsea in 2014.
David Luiz is returning to #CFC 'a worse player'
'PSG couldn't believe their luck' – Julien Laurens
— BBC 5 live Sport (@5liveSport) September 1, 2016
He returns two years further past his prime, with the same predilection for getting out of position and being made to look foolish.
David Luiz deciding where to play next season. pic.twitter.com/MAFHo0UyJp
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 31, 2016
Over £100m spent on a Centre back that looks like Sideshow Bob and lets 7 goals in when he captains the national team. #DeadlineDay
— DeadlineDayBants (@DeadlineDayBant) August 31, 2016
When Kante spots David Luiz picking up the ball, charging out of defence and losing it immediately… https://t.co/jcWH9aZNvi
— BigSport (@BigSportGB) September 1, 2016
Every single striker in the Premier League will now look forward to taking on that Chelsea back line.
1. Moussa Sissoko to Tottenham
For the first time, Premier League clubs broke through the £1bn spending barrier this summer, with 13 of 20 clubs breaking their transfer records.
The top English teams have been fuelled by TV revenue and a complete disregard for real value of players. The aforementioned Yannick Bolasie went to Everton for over £25m, while Papy Djilobodji cost Sunderland £8m, despite costing Chelsea just £2.7m the previous summer after having played just one game in the League Cup.
Spending has officially gone crazy in the league. Now, it appears that every single Premier League team can afford to splash £30m on a player—which is the exact amount that Tottenham gave Newcastle for Moussa Sissoko on deadline day.
Yes, Tottenham paid £30m for a 27-year-old midfielder who was relegated last season.
They ended up scrambling for Sissoko—a player who has been available since May—when they nearly snared Isco from Real Madrid. Spurs even had to fight Everton for his signature, with the Frenchman apparently snubbing a private jet that the Toffees has laid on for him. Understandably, Newcastle fans are finding it hilarious…
— Gavin McMillan (@Gavmcmillan88) September 1, 2016
30 million for sissoko? The champagne corks will have been popping at SJP last night. Won't be missed. #NUFC
— Mark Birch (@delbirchio09) September 1, 2016
— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) September 1, 2016
Granted, Sissoko was a star performer at Euro 2016 (when he knew he had to put in some effort to sign for a new club) but he is wildly inconsistent and surely not worth such a lofty fee.
Perhaps the most baffling part of the Sissoko deal is the fact that he has publicly declared his love for Arsenal several times…
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) September 1, 2016
Good luck with that one, Tottenham.
Do you agree with these selections? Which other summer 2016 transfer deals were no good? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter!