It isn’t by mistake that the Premier League is termed the best league in the world, perhaps an additional line should follow – the toughest one too. It is the reason a number of top stars come into the league but fail to live by the expected standards.
We have seen players like Fernando Torres, Andriy Shevchenko, Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez and more come with a high profile but find the going tough. Those are from the previous years, currently there are players still struggling to cope with the pace.
Here we look at some of the top stars who have struggled so far.
Nicolas Pepe: The Ivorian forward is the most expensive player to have ever been bought by Arsenal. After a series of fine displays at Lille, the Gunners brought him on board two seasons ago for £72m. He is on his third season and there’s general agreement that indeed, Arsenal need to cut their losses with the forward. He has shown one or two flashes here and there but generally he has been poor. He has no goal so far this season and even though he managed 10 league goals last season, the fact that fans are entertaining talk of his exit is enough reason patience has won thin.
Timo Werner: The German arrived at Chelsea at the start of last season on the back of a fine run for Leipzig. He was quite a catch for Frank Lampard then. However, he managed just 13 goals all season, and for a player who scored 34 goals in the season before signing for Chelsea, he hasn’t done well. In four seasons at Leipzig, he scored 74 times in Bundesliga but here he has just one goal so far in the league this season. Just how bad Werner is, is epitomized by the fact some defenders have more goals than him this season. He struggled to lead the line against Manchester United but with Romelu Lukaku still short of fitness, he may get another chance.
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Harry Kane: The England skipper hasn’t had the best of starts to the season, by his high standards. He has just one league goal this season and for a player who topped the scoring charts with 23 goals last season, this is quite low. He had asked to be allowed to leave last season but Spurs rejected, and it is thought he’s lost all motivation to play for the team, with Manchester City having been ready to splash £100m for his signature. In the last seven seasons, Kane hasn’t scored below 17 goals; in total, he has scored 163 league goals and Spurs fans hope they can see their once lethal forward again.
Harry Maguire: Harry Maguire has a big tag he will struggle to shed – he is the world’s most expensive defender. Manchester United acquired him from Leicester City for €87m in a bid to strengthen their defence and he was handed the armband right away. He has however struggled to justify the faith shown in him at United and is currently leading one of the poorest defences in the top 10. United have so far conceded 22 goals in 13 league matches. Only Leicester City are worse in the top 10.