5 Expensive Summer Transfers Wasting Away on the Bench

Premier League teams spent over £760m collectively this past summer, with many clubs breaking the bank for record deals. Some of these transfers didn't go according to plan for either the player or the club, with expensive players wasting away on the bench instead of in the match. 


Many of these deals have seen clubs pay exorbitant fees per minutes of play, with some of the highest listed below. 

5. Victor Lindelöf, £31m

Price per Minute Played: £41,723


Manchester United purchased the Swedish defender from Portuguese side Benfica in an attempt to strengthen their defensive depth, paying over £30m in the deal. 


Despite the young defender's potential, he's received limited minutes so far in the Premier League, only logging 10 appearances. 

4. Bernardo Silva, £45m

Price per Minute Played: £52,447


The young attacker was brought to Manchester City from Monaco this summer but has mainly featured as a substitute, failing to consistently break into Pep's first XI. 


He's played well when he's gotten on, with two goals and four assists to his name, although his numbers sit well below his attacking counterparts. 


Silva is averaging 36 minutes per appearance, starting in eight Premier League matches this season. 

3. Fernando Llorente, £14m

Price per Minute Played: £65,421


Brought in by Tottenham as a backup goalscoring option to Harry Kane, the Spaniard has struggled to find both the net and playing time under Mauricio Pochettino. 


Llorente has scored just once in the Premier League, a headed goal against his former club Swansea City


He's played only 215 minutes in the Premier League, with almost a third of his minutes coming in his one start of the season. 

2. Danny Drinkwater, £35m

Price per Minute Played: £99,715


Drinkwater came from Leicester on a summer Deadline Day deal, linking up with former teammate N'Golo Kanté in midfield. 


He's only made 10 appearances for the Blues, missing four Premier League matches due to injury in September and October. 


The former Premier League champion has just one goal to his name, with no assists yet for the defensive midfielder. 

1. Davy Klaassen, £24m

Price per Minute Played: £126,984


Everton bought Klaassen from Ajax as part of a major spending spree for the Toffees, in which they brought in several different attacking options. A foot injury kept him sidelined for two weeks early in the year, and he's failed to play much since then.


The Dutchman has registered just four appearances, totaling just 189 minutes played so far this season. Everton fans have been left scratching their heads as to why so much was spent on a player who's appeared so seldomly. Klaassen's future at Everton may hang in the balance this coming summer. 

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