Some English Premier League clubs are in deep mourning as their summer transfer departures have caused left gaping holes that have caused fear and despondency in their camps risking pundits and fans backlash.
The departure of Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United to Serie A club Inter Milan, Idrissa Gueye checking out of Everton to French aristocrasts Paris St Germain and Kierran Trippier heading of to the other side of the Spanish Capital at Atletico Madrid from Tottenham feature as some of the not so wise summer sales of 2019/20 season. Pep’s decision not offer Kompany a contract extension has come back to haunt as his side face defensive and leadership woes.
1) Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United to Inter Milan)
There are many symbols of Manchester United’s steep decline this season characteristic since Sir Alex Ferguson vacated the management hot seat.
The form of Marcus Rashford has left more questions than answers as the boy has failed to step up to plate and fulfil the promise and potential he showed in his developmental years.
Anthony Martial slalom runs have failed to yield the desired results.
United with just five goals in their last seven Premier League games are staring into an abyss of sorts ruing the decision not to replace Lukaku as with every passing week a mishit Rashford shot or aimless run into the channel adds insult to injury in a stark reminder of the sinking depth this once mighty club has plunged to.
Manager Solskjaer tenure at the helm now hangs by the slightest of threads as defeat to Liverpool in the next Premier League outing might signal the beginning of the end to a once promising career in the Old Trafford dug out to one of United sons.
2) Idrissa Gueye (Everton to Paris St Germain)
Idrissa Gueye being too good for Everton was among the worst-kept secrets in world football last season. A box to box midfielder who punches above his ratings.
His absence pulling the strings and dictation the pace at Goodison Park is sadly missed and has been the major highlight of Everton’s woeful start to the season. Gueye, meanwhile, is thriving in Paris, performing just as well as he did at Everton, if not better.
3) Vincent Kompany (Manchester City to Anderlecht)
The calm head and dominating personality of the Belgian carried a stumbling City across the finish line, and whilst ‘his legs may have gone‘ to a degree, his wonder strike to effectively win the title against Leicester showed that he could still pass the mettle test.
Otamendi is struggling to fill void vacated by injured duo of Aymerick Laporte and JohnStones, Pep will now surely be wishing he had swallowed his pride and ego and allowed Kompany, the natural born leader to stay and learn management under his meticulous eye rather than casting him shipping him off to semi-retirement and pseudo management at Anderlecht.
Kieran Trippier (Tottenham to Atletico Madrid)
It’s only now as an afterthought that allowing Kieran Trippier to leave White Hart Lane was wrong turn as Tottenham have struggled to fill the void left by the underrated English fullback.