The closure of the transfer window means that every manager in the Premier League has now got to press on with the squad at his disposal knowing that until January, he can make no changes and no additions.
Perhaps it is the pressure of whether to stick or twist with the squad that has forced some managers to make some pretty dreadful and uninspiring signings in the hope that they can help their new club achieve their aspirations.
Here is the XI we believe will not be able to deliver despite their new managers’ faith:
GK- Anders Lindegaard (West Brom)
While it may be harsh to include a free transfer in the team as his move represents little risk, it is very puzzling that Tony Pulis has decided to go after the Denmark international, not least because his most memorable performance for Manchester United came in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final game in charge when he conceded five to send the legendary manager off with just a point in his last game.
The team that managed to score the quintet of goals…West Brom.
RB- Younes Kaboul (Sunderland)
Dick Advocaat obviously didn’t watch Tottenham too often in the past if he thought that the 29-year-old would be the answer to his defensive problems. The former France international has looked completely out of his depth during the Black Cats’ opening games, most notably, when relegation candidates Leicester demolished the side on the opening day.
CB- Steven Caulker (Southampton)
It would appear that Ronald Koeman is not a superstitious man because if he was, it is unlikely that he would have sanctioned a loan move for the Queens Park Rangers defender. His talent may be unquestionable, and he may be an England international, but the 23-year-old has suffered Premier League relegation for the last two seasons.
Southampton are in a better place than both Cardiff and QPR were during their doomed seasons, but if the south coast side do go down, don’t expect there to be a queue of takers for the former Tottenham man.
CB- Jonny Evans (West Brom)
The Northern Ireland international always seems to have a mistake up his sleeve, which makes it a surprise that Man United have only now decided to let him go. They must have felt that their luck was in when the Baggies made an offer that could be worth £8m (via BBC Sport).
LB- Sylvain Distin (Bournemouth)
They don’t come much more experienced than the Frenchman, who has played in the top flight for Newcastle, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Everton, and now Bournemouth. With practically no pace left, it is difficult to see what the 37-year-old brings to the Cherries.
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