5) Wayne Rooney – Everton
Everton had one of their best summers in terms of transfer business as the club spent over 100 million bringing in the likes of Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez and Jordan Pickford to the club. Romelu Lukaku’s departure did mask their summer for a while; however, the club did indeed do some excellent business. Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton too attracted some heavy fanfare. Nevertheless, for all his qualities and unquestionable success, Rooney is doomed for failure at Everton. Once the nation’s biggest talent, Rooney has had a massive decline in recent years with a loss of pace and silk touch. He has tried his luck in deeper positions and looks far from a player Everton sold. While Rooney will give the young players at Everton a great guidance, his experience would be the only real thing on offer from the England captain.
4) Gerard Deulofeu – Barcelona
Gerard Deulofeu, like Wayne Rooney, returns to Barcelona, his boyhood club, for a second spell this summer. While Rooney still has something to offer, the same cannot be said for Deulofeu. The prodigy had his moments at Everton, attracting interest from top clubs. However, lack of consistency hindered his growth. At Milan too, Deulofeu impressed but only in bits and pieces. Nevertheless, the signs were enough to convince Barca to bring him back. The business rather seems like yet another fallacy waiting to happen for the Catalan giants much like the signings of Gomes, Turan last season.
3) Theo Hernandez – Real Madrid
The young left-back completed a contentious move from Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid this summer. While the Frenchman did impress on loan at Alavez last season, there is no way he could possibly displace Marcelo from the Los Blancos starting XI next season. Marcelo is in the prime of his careers and had his best season under Zidane. A move back to Atletico would have been a prudent move as he could expect some game time with Felipe Luis ageing. Like many youngsters, Theo too failed to resist the mighty Real Madrid. The move could virtually hamper his career as he sits on the sidelines hoping to dislodge Marcelo from the starting line-up.
2) HavardNordtveit – Hoffenheim
Nordtveit failed to get in the struggling West Ham side last season. However, despite his obvious struggles with the London club, he finds himself a new club and a Champions league competition to play in. Such has been the puzzling transfer strategy of Hoffenheim. Die Kraichgauer had their best finish in the Bundesliga under Germany’s manager of the year, Julian Nagelsmann. However, the club lost Rudy and Sule to Bayern. While replacing Rudy was never to going to be an easy task for the Bundesliga side, they could have done much better than signing HavardNordtveit. The Norway international will bring some much-needed experience, but it doesn’t seem like the ideal replacement for Rudy.
1) Joe Hart – West Ham United
The England No 1’s career with Manchester City came to a tragic ending this summer. The questions about his ability had begun to rise when Guardiola loaned Hart to Torino at the beginning of the last season. He has ever since been under continuous scrutiny, with even his small mistakes being talked about. Hart now returns to the Premier League to play for West Ham. The Hammers did have an awful time in defence last season with Randolph’s errors. The club will be hoping that Hart revitalises their defence; however, in reality, Hart himself would be looking to rebuild his damaging reputation. A player of Hart’s stature will be under the microscope all the time, and it looks highly unlikely that Hart would strive under that kind of pressure.