The latest transfer window may have disappeared into the football wilderness but this seems a perfect time to take a look at over £75million worth of talent that has – so far – gone to waste in the Premier League.
Mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Francesco Totti, Tottenham’s £32m signing has yet to start a game in the Premier League and has been restricted to cameo appearances off the bench, most notably – for all the wrong reasons – his showing against West Ham United.
Entering the field with his team locked at 0-0, Lamela was non-existent as Spurs lost their shape and the Hammers took full advantage, leaving White Hart Lane as surprising 3-0 victors.
Manchester United fans could be excused for forgetting what the £15m former Crystal Palace maverick looks like as his only appearance for the Red Devils this season came in the Community Shield against Wigan Athletic back in August.
Manager David Moyes seems to be at loss about how to blood the England youngster and a loan move to a Premier League club to get some valuable minutes under his belt is surely on the horizon.
The £22m former Juventus wizard has suffered a few niggling injuries since joining Manchester City but even when fit he has yet to give his boss Manuel Pellegrini a glimpse of what he’s capable of in 87 minutes of Premier League action.
First there were delays to his work permit regarding his £9m transfer from Steaua Bucharest to Tottenham and then he found Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen playing supremely well in his position at the heart of the Spurs defence.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas has given him two run outs away from the hustle and bustle of the Premier League and he’s kept two clean sheets, suggesting that his time will eventually come when Dawson and Vertonghen start to flag.
In probably the weirdest transfer saga of the summer, Marange was signed by Ian Holloway on a free transfer from Bordeaux but was then left out of Crystal Palace’s 25-man squad with Holloway’s citing the left-back’s lack of pace as the main reason for the axing.