Five summer signings who are yet to adjust to the Premier League

Fabinho Liverpool

Premier League clubs spent £1.2bn during a busy summer transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 season.

Chelsea were among the big spenders, splashing out £71m on Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao and £57m on Jorginho from Napoli, while Manchester City paid £60m to Leicester for Riyad Mahrez.

Liverpool were also busy, spending £55.8m on Alisson, £50m on Naby Keita and £39m on Fabinho.

Further down the league, West Ham paid £36m to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio and Fulham brought in 12 new players to become the first newly promoted team in Premier League history to spend over £100m in one transfer window.

Three months into the season, we have seen several players adapt well at new clubs, including Alisson at Liverpool and Jorginho at Chelsea, but others haven’t been so fortunate.

Here are five Premier League new boys who are yet to adjust to England’s top flight…

Fabinho (Liverpool)
Fabinho performed well in the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade last month and in the 2-0 victory against Fulham before the international break. However, it is alarming that the £39m man has only started three Premier League matches since his arrival from Monaco. Juventus and AC Milan have reportedly shown interest in the Brazilian but Jurgen Klopp said this week that he is “baffled” at speculation linking his player with a move away.

Yoshinori Muto (Newcastle)
Newcastle spent a reported £9.5m to sign Yoshinori Muto from Mainz in the summer. The Japan international made an impression in the 3-2 loss against Manchester United at Old Trafford — a match in which he scored — but he has struggled to cement his place in Rafa Benitez’s XI, starting just four league games so far in 2018-19.

Max Meyer (Crystal Palace)
Crystal Palace looked to have pulled off one of the coups of the summer transfer window when they signed Max Meyer on a free transfer from Schalke. However, the Germany international has started as many matches in the League Cup as he has in the Premier League (3) and he has struggled to make an impact in any of the league games he has played in so far.

Luciano Vietto (Fulham)
Unlike the other names on this list, Luciano Vietto has had a lot of opportunities since his summer loan move to the Premier League from Atletico Madrid. He has played in 10 of Fulham’s 12 league games, starting seven of them, but he is yet to find the target for his new club. In fairness, he has still chipped in with four assists, with two of them coming in the 4-2 win over Burnley in August, but he has only completed 90 minutes on two occasions for the league’s bottom club.

Fred (Manchester United)
Manchester United failed to sign any of Jose Mourinho’s centre-back targets in the summer, but they did sign main midfield target Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Brazilian has shown glimpses of what he can do, notably when he scored in the 1-1 draw against Wolves, but he has still struggled to hold down a place in Mourinho’s XI, starting just six of the club’s 12 league games.

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