Memphis, Pedro and Shaqiri voted most disappointing imports

Date published: Thursday 3rd December 2015 12:39

Memphis Depay: Keen to knuckle down next season

Memphis Depay: Keen to knuckle down next season

Memphis Depay has been voted in a 90min poll as the season’s most disappointing Premier League import ahead of Pedro, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Depay has scored two goals and provided one assist in his first 10 league matches for Manchester United since signing from PSV Eindhoven for an initial £25million in June.

Memphis secured 38 per cent of the near-73,000 votes cast, but Pedro was only narrowly behind him with 32 per cent – a lucky escape for United, perhaps.

​The Spaniard was a reported Red Devils target for much of the summer before moving to Chelsea in a £22million deal from Barcelona four months ago.

Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri was next with 14 per cent of the votes, while fellow Switzerland international Gokhan Inler of Leicester City and Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic shared the remaining 16 per cent evenly.

Memphis 90min poll

Each of the five players arrived in England amid great expectation, although Memphis was arguably the most eagerly anticipated after having fired PSV to the Eredivisie title last season with a league-high 22 goals.

He began the 2015-16 campaign as a regular in Louis van Gaal’s team, but was given an extended break from top-flight action in late September after failing to hit form.

However, the 21-year-old scored on his return to the side against Watford last last month before being dropped again for Saturday’s draw at Leicester City.

Pedro, meanwhile, won the Champions League in his final season at Barca but has been unable to halt his new club’s poor start to the campaign.

The 28-year-old is yet to find the net in the league since his debut in August and has supplied only two assists in the proceeding nine matches.

Mitrovic, who cost £13m, has featured on 11 occasions for Newcastle in the Premier League, but his tally of three yellow cards is one more than the amount of goals he has scored to date. The Serbian has also picked up one red card.

Shaqiri has just one assist to his name since arriving at Stoke from Inter Milan for £12million, while his international team-mate Inler has struggled to break into Leicester’s side – featuring as an unused substitute in each of the Foxes’ last eight matches.

Aiden Cusick

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