Reporter Seongmin Lee = Clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) spend huge transfer fees to recruit new players every year when the transfer market opens. The reason they invest huge amounts of money is to improve grades. Top-tier clubs aim to win the championship or advance to the UEFA Champions League. Clubs in the mid-tier compete for a place in the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League.
Unfortunately, not all players who transfer for new opportunities are successful. There are cases where players establish themselves as the club’s ace, but there are also players who are struggling in the swamp of slump. If a player brought in with a large amount of money performs poorly, it is a serious blow to the club.
There are players who became key players in the team without an adjustment period at the beginning of this season, but there are also resources who did not. If it fails to rebound like this, there is a high probability that it will be recorded as a failure. Who are the three freshmen in crisis?
#1 I miss De Gea, Andre Onana
The goalkeeper who guarded Manchester United’s goal for a long time was David de Gea. De Gea moved to Manchester United from Atletico Madrid in Spain in the summer of 2011. He served as Manchester United’s starting goalkeeper for 12 years.
Manchester United parted ways with De Gea at the end of last season. Instead of De Gea, whose skills declined as he entered his 30s, Manchester United recruited Andre Onana, a former student of manager Eric ten Haag during his time at Ajax. Manchester United invested 52 million euros (about 74.5 billion won) in signing Onana.
Onana’s recruitment has been close to failure so far. Onana is showing problems with his ability to save, deepening Manchester United’s concerns. This season, Manchester United is ranked 9th in the league with the most goals conceded, with 13 goals in 9 games. They also won 2-1 against Sheffield United on the 22nd, but conceded another goal.
#2 Following Chelsea, he is colorless and odorless at Arsenal as well, Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz was a resource that was evaluated as Germany’s best talent. During his time at Bayer Leverkusen, he scored 17 goals and 4 assists in 34 games in the Bundesliga in the 2018/19 season. In the 2019/20 season, he reached double figures for the second consecutive season with 12 goals in 30 games.
In September 2020, Havertz transferred to Chelsea for 80 million euros (about 114.6 billion won). At Chelsea, Havertz was unable to adapt and struggled. He scored the winning goal in the Champions League final of the 2020/21 season and won the trophy, but overall fell below expectations. Havertz scored only 32 goals and 15 assists in 139 official games for three years at Chelsea.
The club that gave Havertz, who was wandering at Chelsea, a second chance was Arsenal. Arsenal spent 75 million euros to sign Havertz last summer. Havertz has been working hard, but Arsenal is showing no signs of recovery. He has one goal in nine games in the league this season. He also appeared as a substitute in the 33rd minute of the second half against Chelsea on the 22nd, but did not show much.
#3 Manchester United’s new black 7, Mason Mount
Mount was a promising star who grew up in Chelsea’s youth team. He began receiving opportunities in the 2019/20 season under Frank Lampard. Mount also experienced a thrilling Champions League win with Chelsea in the 2020/21 season.
Contrary to expectations that he would become Chelsea’s next ace, Mount performed poorly in the league last season with 3 goals and 2 assists in 24 games. In search of a breakthrough, Mount moved to rival club Manchester United. Manchester United spent 64.2 million euros (about 92 billion won) to recruit Mount. Mount was assigned the symbolic number 7 shirt at Manchester United.토스카지노
Mount, who was aiming for a revival at Manchester United, is also on the rise. After suffering from injuries at the beginning of the season, he has appeared in five league games this season but has not recorded a single offensive point. If things continue like this, Mount has a greater chance of leaving his name in the ‘black history of Manchester United’s 7’.
Onana, Havertz, and Mount all joined the team for a considerable transfer fee, but have not yet performed satisfactorily. Since it is still early in the season, there is a possibility that things will improve, but it is dangerous if the current situation continues. We need to create an opportunity for a rebound as soon as possible.